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Tue, 07 Nov

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KB419, 4/F, Knowles Building

World geography, world orders and world development: civilisational and societal models

Speaker: Prof. Michael Dunford Emeritus Professor, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex

World geography, world orders and world development: civilisational and societal models
World geography, world orders and world development: civilisational and societal models

Time & Location

07 Nov 2023, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm HKT

KB419, 4/F, Knowles Building, Knowles Building, Pok Fu Lam Rd, Lung Fu Shan, Hong Kong

About the event

Abstract: Geographers have paid too little attention to the evolution of the global system. At this point in time when the world is undergoing a profound transformation. On the verge of a new industrial revolution and confronts major challenges that will require transitions to civilisations that are ecological and spiritual. After the North Atlantic financial crisis and the growing weight of the Global South and Global East the geography of global development is undergoing radical change.

In the transition from the initial primitive communal stage of socio-economic development there were significant differences in the paths of western and other civilisations. The rise of the west from relative backwardness in the sixteenth century derived from the diffusion of innovations from China, and the decisions of European powers to use these innovations to put guns on ships and colonise much of the world. The path of Asian civilization was profoundly different.

In today’s world the difficulties the collective West may signify the coming to end of an era lasting more than 500 years in which Western nations have dominated world affairs and the emergence of a new multipolar world.

About the Speaker:

Michael (Mick) Dunford is Emeritus Professor, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, Visiting Professor, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Managing Editor of Area Development and Policy. He graduated with B.Sc in Geography and M.Sc in Quantitative Economics from the University of Bristol. In 2000, he was elected to the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences (AcSS). In 2003, he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Edward Heath Award for geographical research in Europe and is a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (FERSA). His interests are in global development (at multiple geographical scales and with special reference at different times to Europe and the western world, China and Eurasia and the wider world system) drawing on materialist conceptions of history and geography and on theories of uneven and combined development, regulation and geopolitical economy. His most recent publications deal with the Chinese social model, Chinese poverty alleviation, common prosperity, Chinese economic development since 1949, the Belt and Road Initiative and China’s international engagement. He has also written on the Ukraine crisis, global economic evolutions and the emergence of a new multipolar world order.

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