Economic Transformations

Series Editors: Brett Christophers, Rebecca Lave, Jamie Peck, Marion Werner

Brett Christophers is Professor of Human Geography at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is Editor of Environment and Planning A and his books include, most recently, The Great Leveler: Capitalism and Competition in the Court of Law (2016).

Rebecca Lave is an Associate Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author of Fields and Streams: Stream Restoration, Neoliberalism, and the Future of Environmental Expertise (2012) and co-editor of the Handbook of Political Economy of Science (2017) and the Handbook of Critical Physical Geography (2017).

Jamie Peck is Canada Research Chair in Urban and Regional Political Economy and Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He is Managing Editor of Environment and Planning A and the author or editor of more than a dozen books.

Marion Werner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the State University of New York, Buffalo. She is the author of Global Displacements: The Making of Uneven Development in the Caribbean (2016).

Series Description

Fundamental to the Economic Transformations series is the conviction that “geography matters” in the diverse ways that economies work, for whom they work, and to what ends. The so-called imperatives of globalization, the promises of development, the challenges of environmental sustainability, the dull compulsion of competitive life, the urgency of campaigns for economic rights and social justice – in all of these realms geography really matters, just as it does for a host of other contemporary concerns, from financialized growth to climate change, from green production to gender rights, from union renewal to structural adjustment. The Economic Transformations series publishes monographs, tightly integrated edited collections, and short books on these and related issues, providing a space for interdisciplinary contributions and conversations from and among political economists, economic geographers, feminists, political ecologists, economic sociologists, critical development theorists, economic anthropologists, and their fellow travellers.

The programmatic aims of the series are:

  • to advance critical, heterodox, and pluralist understandings of the economic, of economic life, and of economic potentialities, especially valuing approaches that disrupt conventional wisdoms, taken-for-granted understandings, and complacent or complicit readings;
  • to recognize and problematize “the economic” not as an autonomous sphere governed by self-acting or mechanical processes but as a socially constructed, institutionally mediated, and politically contested terrain, one jointly constituted through cultural, ecological, political, and economic relations;
  • to explore the multiplicity of economic worlds past, present, and future, engaging with the economic in and from the perspective of places in the global South and North, and across their complex and contested connections;
  • to recognize that transformation itself is more than an objective characteristic of variegated, unevenly developed, and restless economies – it is also indicative of a spirit of engagement, a desire to marry theoretical ambition with social relevance and political commitment; and
  • to acknowledge and to challenge relations of domination, exploitation, and oppression, in the process opening up new perspectives and horizons, not least through the articulation of alternative economic-geographical imaginaries.

To discuss submitting a proposal, please contact one of the series editors, or publisher, Alison Howson,

Editorial Board

Jennifer Bair, University of Virginia, USA
Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Yang Chun, Hong Kong Baptist University
Jennifer Clark, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Jane Collins, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Gary Dymski, Leeds University Business School
Vinay Gidwani, University of Minnesota, USA
Gernot Grabher, HafenCity University, Hamburg
Gillian Hart, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Karen Ho, University of Minnesota, USA
Tania Li, University of Toronto, Canada
Geoff Mann, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Pun Ngai, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Mary Poovey, New York University, USA
Susan Roberts, University of Kentucky, USA
Melissa Wright, Penn State University, USA

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