WORKSHOP THEME: “On the Edge: How Economic and Social Networks connect Cities and Regions in World Peripheries”


WORKSHOP ORGANISERS: Dr Kirsten Martinus (University of Western Australia), Dr Thomas Sigler (The University of Queensland)


Network science has advanced considerably in the past 20 years toward better understanding how cities and regions are globally connected.  This work examines network connectivity through human flows (e.g. migration, tourism), infrastructures (logistics, shipping), organisational structures (firm and organisational information flows), and social networks (e.g. social media, inter-locking directorates), among others.

This three-day symposium connects leading academics, strategists, economic development practitioners, and advanced students to explore how network theory and science can be applied to novel questions of economic development, particularly in peripheral cities and regions. By combining theoretical developments with empirical research, the workshop aims to connect a range of people interested in understanding urban connectivity in a globalising world.  As the workshop is located in Perth, we will focus on the city’s uniqueness as a leader in the resources sector, combined with a focus on industry networks connecting cities outside of the world’s ‘core’ economies. Keynote lectures by leading researchers in economic geography, management, and network science will be complemented by discussion and debate regarding the potential and utility of networks in understanding economic globalisation and connectivity.


The workshop organisers would like to invite interested researchers to submit their abstract.  Those selected for the workshop will be invited to participate, and notified of the registration and paper submission procedures.  In addition to a research presentation, participants are expected to contribute a full-length manuscript to the resulting journal special issue. Abstracts should be limited to 250 words, and contain relevant information on data, methods, theory, and/or expected results.


Abstract submissions will be accepted using this link until Friday 7 December 2018.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by 25 January 2019. Abstracts will be evaluated based on relevance to the conference theme. Partial bursaries will be available, particularly for post-graduate students and early career applicants.  Questions can be directed to Dr Kirsten Martinus ( or Dr Thomas Sigler ( by email.


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