Newsletter December 2001

Dear Colleagues,

As usual at the end of the year we want to report about the ongoing work of the Commission and to announce the next activities. We have had a very interesting meeting together with the Commission on Political Geography and we are preparing some important meetings coming up. Please note for the next three conferences abstracts are due UNTIL THE END OF JANUARY 2002!

But before we would like to point out some administrative changes we are working on. Today we are happy to have about three hundred correspondents, who receive this newsletter every half a year. But as you can imagine this amount increases our mailing costs, so we will change our delivery to email newsletters. Some of you have already received this newsletter per email. If you do belong to those who have received this newsletter per regular mail, we ask you to send us your email address. So you will get the next newsletter much quicker per email. Please send your email to the following address: We hope to organize a mailing list, so we can keep you up with information on time. Furthermore we want to remind you the website for the commission. You find it under: Please send us information about your new publications and interesting announcements!

Looking forward to see you at one of our next meetings, I wish you a happy and successful New Year,

Doris Wastl-Walter

The planned and confirmed future commission meetings are:

2002 LOS ANGELES (USA), March 16-19
Rom (Italy), May 29 - June 1
Durban (South Africa), August 4-7
2003 LISABON (Portugal), spring
PRAGUE, (Czech Republic), autumn
2004 GLASGOW (UK), at the next IGC

STAVROPOL and KISKOVODSK (Russia), September 12.-17.
4. International Conference "Settlement Systems, Ethno-Cultural Mosaics, Geopolitics and Security Problems of Mountains Regions , Stavropol and Kislovodsk, Russia, September 11-16, 2001. Co-sponsored by the Study Group for Mountain Research. A total of about 60 academics from 10 countries (Azerbaijan, Croatia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Russia, UK and USA) met in the Russian North Caucasus city of Stavropol (organizers - Vitaly Belozerov, Vladimir Kolossov and Pavel Polian). At three intensive days of meetings, over 40 papers were presented, and in addition, 39 papers were reviewed in two special sessions. The objective of the conference was to analyze the relationship between demographic trends, patterns of migrations, shifts in urbanization and in the ethnic structure of population with social mobility, identities, the geopolitical situation and security of mountain regions. Very often they accommodate foci of extreme poverty, social and political conservatism, separatist and terrorist movements. At the same time, severe natural conditions natural and a complicated ethnic composition do not condemn these territories to backwardness and conflicts with plains. Naturally, a great attention was paid to the problems of contemporary Caucasus. A three-day field trip took participants by bus to the multi-ethnic Karachayevo-Cherkesia Republic and a meeting with the speaker of the People's Assembly in the capital of Cherkessk. A day was spent in the heart of the mighty Caucasus mountains with a night in the alpine village of Dombay at 1,300 meters and chairlift access to almost 3,000 meters in magnificent weather. The final two days were spent in Kislovodsk, a 19th Century spa town at the foot of the mountains. Participants met with the mayor for a discussion of the city's problems prior to holding a final summary session.



Political Geography Preconference
San Diego, March 16-19 2002
Geography and Public Policy
In a Global Age

With the joint sponsorship of the IGU Commissions on Geography and Public Policy and Political Geography, the Political Geography Specialty Group invites interested scholars to its annual "preconference" of the AAG meeting in San Diego, March 16 through 19. The conference theme will be Geography and Public Policy in a Global Age, though presentations on any political geography theme will be accepted.

The venue for the preconference is the Red Lion Hanalei Hotel in San Diego's Mission Valley. The hotel is conveniently located with easy access from the airport and close proximity to the historic and entertainment site of Old Town San Diego, including the Presidio. The famous San Diego Trolley has a stop near the hotel. A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference from March 15 through March 19 at a cost of $100 per night, whether the room has one, two, three or four occupants. Rooms can be reserved by telephone by calling 1-800-RED LION or 619-297-1101, or by fax at 619-297-6049. The website is The address is 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego CA 92108. The conference rate is available for those reserving rooms by February 15, 2002.

Conference organizers have also booked a block of rooms at the Premier Inn at 2484 Hotel Circle North, less than two blocks from the Red Lion Hanalei. The conference rate, again from March 15, is $43 for a single and $55 for a double each night with an additional charge of $5 for each extra person in the room. Rooms can be reserved by telephone at 619-696-0911 or by fax at 619-291-8976. The conference rate is available for those booking rooms by February 15, 2002.

The preconference will begin with a field trip to the Mexican border on Saturday, March 16. The trip will begin at 10 a.m. Participants with single entry visas to the United States will not be able to cross the border. Those without visa limitations will have the option of crossing the border. They will be able to return to the Red Lion Hanalei by taking the San Diego Trolley. The field trip will emphasize public policy issues along the border.

Sunday (March 17) and Monday (March 18) will be devoted to paper sessions. If enough papers are presented, a final session could be held on Tuesday (March 19) morning. Those wishing to do so will have a field trip by train, departing San Diego late in the morning and arriving in Los Angeles late in the afternoon. The trip includes a few hours at the Spanish mission at San Juan Capistrano. Legend has it that the swallows return to Capistrano March 19. The trip will provide an opportunity to learn a considerable amount about a number of public policy issues in southern California over a time span of more than 200 years. (A van will take the luggage of participants to the AAG convention hotel in Los Angeles.)

The conference fee will be $75 with a reduced fee of $35 for fulltime students. For those registering by March 1, the fee will cover the cost of both field trips. For those registering after March, the border field trip will cost $10 and the Los Angeles field trip will cost $25.

To register and get on the preconference program, submit the following application form to Rex Honey, Director of Global Studies, University of Iowa, until January 31, 2002. He can be reached by e-mail at, by telephone at 319-335-0370, or by fax at 319-335-0280. His address is Prof. Rex Honey, Global Studies Program, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA, USA 52242. The conference website can by found at


Registration form

Political Geography Preconference
San Diego, March 16-19 2002







Title of Paper






Plan to participate in the border field trip March 16: yes no

Plan to participate in field trip to Los Angeles March 19: yes no

Registration fee should be paid by check to the Global Studies Program, University of Iowa. The fee is $75 except for a $35 fee for fulltime students.
Send to Rex Honey, Director of Global Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA 52242. He can be reached by e-mail at, but telephone at (319) 335-0370, or by fax at (319) 335-0280. The conference website can be found at the University of Iowa Global Studies Program website,


Rome, Italy
May 29- June 1, 2002
Rights to the City

This conference seeks to bring together scholars from multiple disciplines interested in questions of governance, justice, and rights in urban areas around the world. As a starting point for discussion, it offers the following proposition: Contemporary changes in economies and governance are creating increased inequality leading to a retrenchment of rights. Social groups within cities differentially experience the effects of these changes.

We tentatively offer the following themes as foci of discussion:
Evaluation of urban social, economic and political trends
Evaluation of competing theories and conceptualizations of justice and rights
Changing governance structures
New political movements, sites, and agents
Differential access to spaces of the city
New scalar linkages that change the relationships between cities, states, and the international scale.

If you would like to present a paper at the conference, please submit an abstract of 100 words to Lynn Staeheli by the 31st of January, 2002. Abstracts may be submitted by e-mail, fax, regular mail. Please include the title of the paper and complete contact information for authors. Lynn Staeheli, Program on Political and Economic Change, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0487, USA, Fax: 303-492-3609, E-mail:,


Regional Conference of the International Geographical Union
Durban, South Africa
4 - 7 August 2002

The commission plans to have a joint meeting with the Gender Commission (Joos Droogleever Fortuin, and Agnes Musyoki, focussed on the theme "ACCESS TO RESOURCES: GENDERED PERSPECTIVES ON INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION": and another with the Commission of marginal regions (Walter Leimgruber: or Etienne Nel: about "MARGINALITY AND PERIPHERALITY: PROBLEMS OF SCALE". There will also be a session only from our Commission. The responsible persons are the local organizer, Brij Maharaj, ( and Doris Wastl-Walter.

Please send your abstracts until the end of January 2002 to Doris Wastl-Walter

There is also a special one day excursion planned by Brij Maharaj. Please check the homepage of the Commission for further details. You find it under:
We will also hold a business meeting in conjunction with the conference.

Participants of the conference can choose from a range of pre and post-conference scientific excursions to some of the exotic destinations in southern Africa.

For further information see:

For registration and second announcement brochure download file from:


Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 2001 volume 19, number 6, December 2001 (

'Not in my city': local governments and homelessness policies in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Region ROBIN LAW

Taking care of business: aftercare and the state -- multinational enterprise nexus in Wales NICHOLAS A PHELPS, CRIS FULLER

Embedding inward investment through workforce development: experiences in Wales ROBERT HUGGINS

Location trends for foreign direct investment in East Central Europe DAVID TURNOCK

Verifying environmental cleanup: lessons from the Baltic Sea Joint Comprehensive Environmental Action Programme MATTHEW R AUER, EVE NILENDERS

Neighbourhood regeneration and New Labour's third way STEVEN TIESDELL, PHILIP ALLMENDINGER