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Tracking the Economic Geography of Commodities: Avocados, beef, and wood - Joshua Newell (Ann Arbor)

| Module 3: Trade and Institutions

Joshua Newell (U Michigan, Ann Arbor), visiting fellow at the ScienceCampus, will give a talk on 3 May, 14:00, as part of the IOS Economics Seminar series. The event is to take place in person at CITAS (UR, SG.214) and via Zoom.

Have you ever wandered into a store and wondered to yourself, where do the products we consume come from? And under what conditions are they produced? As a result of our globalized world, we are largely disconnected from where and how these products are made. This presentation tracks the lives of three commodities familiar to all of us—avocados, beef, and wood—from the production geographies where they are sourced to their point of consumption. Using a methodology known as Tracking Corporate Actors across Time and Space (TRACAST), I illustrate how, by combining trade data, with remote sensing, spatial analysis, and interviews, researchers can make opaque supply chains more visible and transparent. This leads to all sorts of inquiries related to environmental sustainability, environmental justice, efficiency, and governance.

Joshua Newell is a visiting fellow at the Leibniz ScienceCampus from late April to late May 2022. A geographer by training, he is an associate professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, which is one of the ScienceCampus’ partner institutions.

This event is part of the IOS Economics Seminar Series.

When?  Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 14:00

Where?  Room 214, Sammelgebäude, Universität Regensburg, 93053 Regensburg - and online via Zoom.