Globalization

The world is becoming ever more integrated–with deeper, faster, and stronger ties linking more and more people around the globe. However, the world is not, contrary to New York Times pundit Thomas Friedman, becoming ‘flat’. As geographers of globalization we bring empirical attention to the processes of uneven development and patterns of inequality that are such an elemental yet often ignored aspect of globalization. Thus while we are interested in the transnational economic and political ties of interdependency, and while we offer insight into the changing locations of production, management, information and service functions in the global economy, we are equally concerned with the uneven impacts of these global shifts on specific communities around the world. We offer numerous courses that explain how global processes lead to divergent outcomes, ranging from uneven levels of health, to new models of policing, schooling, border-management and international relations. Faculty and students research current transformations in governance at a wide range of scales and many faculty are well-placed to teach about the impact of neoliberal reforms (especially deregulation and privatization) on the livelihood and everyday practices of individuals and communities.

Related Links
Geography Course 123
Glossary from Mountains Beyond Mountains
Global Citizenship Project
WTO History Project
The Princeton/UW Mapping Globalizations Project
Global Trade, Transportation and Logistic Studies
Globalization and World Cities Research Group