Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Keynote speakers include:

Keynote title: Green growth: models and metrics

Cameron Hepburn is an expert in environmental, resource and energy economics. He is a Professor of Environmental Economics at the Smith School and at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. He is also a Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and a Fellow at New College, Oxford.

He is involved in policy formation, including as a member of the DECC Secretary of State’s Economics Advisory Group. He has also had an entrepreneurial career, co-founding two successful businesses and investing in several other start-ups.

Cameron graduated with first class honours in law and chemical engineering from the University of Melbourne, and proceeded on a Rhodes Scholarship to complete an M.Phil and D.Phil (Ph.D) in economics from the University of Oxford.

Keynote title: Navigating economic geographies: currents, countercurrents, and crosscurrents

Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban & Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research focuses on the political economy of neoliberalism, labor studies, the politics of policy formation and mobility, economic governance, and urban restructuring.

Translated into more than 15 languages, Jamie Peck’s publications include: Fast policy (2015, with Nik Theodore), Constructions of neoliberal reason (2010), Contesting neoliberalism: urban frontiers (2007, coedited with Helga Leitner & Eric Sheppard), Workfare states (2001), Work-place (1996), and the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography (2012, coedited with Trevor Barnes & Eric Sheppard).

Jamie Peck is the managing editor of the journal Environment and Planning A, and has coordinated the Summer Institute in Economic Geography since its foundation in 2003.

Keynote title: Global Finance – made in Law

Katharina Pistor is Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and director of its Center on Global Legal Transformation, which is conducting research projects on law and finance, the distributional effects of transnational private regulation, the tragedy of exclusion, and rescaling the state in the context of globalisation.

Her research focuses on comparative law and institutions with emphasis on emerging markets, the legal construction of financial markets, governing essential resources, and law and development. She has published widely in leading law and social science journals and has co-authored and edited several books.

In 2012 she was co-recipient (with Martin Hellwig) of the Max Planck Research Award on International Financial Regulation. She is also the recipient of research grants by the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the National Science Foundation.

Keynote title: Exploring Geographies and Flows of Sticky (Complex and Tacit) Knowledge

David Rigby is Professor of Geography and Statistics at UCLA. Trained in analytical political economy, his early work examined historical geographies of technology and economic performance.

Interests in the heterogeneity of economic agents prompted a shift to exploration of plant and firm-level microdata and theoretical work in evolutionary economic geography.

His current research explores geographies of knowledge production and knowledge flow, identification of the knowledge cores of regions, emergence of structure in inventor networks, measures of knowledge complexity and geographies of knowledge sourcing.

Keynote title: Governing Poverty: Inclusive Growth in the New Global South

Ananya Roy is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice at the University of California, Berkeley.

Her research and teaching are concerned with urban transformations in the global South and the political economy of development in the 21st century. The questions of poverty and inequality are central to her work.

Roy’s most recent books include Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (Routledge, 2010), Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global (co-edited with Aihwa Ong, Blackwell, 2011) and the forthcoming Territories of Poverty (co-edited with Emma Shaw Crane, University of Georgia Press, 2015).