Marginalization, Globalization and Regional and Local Responses

Commission C20.32 Marginalization, Globalization, and Regional and Local Responses

is one of 43 International Geographical Union (IGU) commissions.

The mission of the Commission is to research marginality and the processes of marginalization from different perspectives and with a geographical basis. The main focus is to better understand multiscalar relations between the globalization process and how marginality evolves at the local and regional levels. Moreover, we seek to improve our understanding of local and regional responses to different forms of marginality and marginalization processes.

More about C20.32

Great Zimbabwe

In memoriam: Queen Elizabeth II


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II stressed the importance of international cooperation in geographical research

The death of Queen Elizabeth II in September recalls her connection to our discipline. In summer 1964, she formally opened the International Geographical Congress in the Royal Albert Hall. In its tribute to her, the Royal Geographic Society (with IBG) wrote on September 9: “Her Majesty opened the proceedings and stressed the importance of international cooperation in geographical research. She also highlighted the importance of geographers in recording and interpreting the impact of the profound changes in both human and physical environments witnessed over the previous decades.“ Although not a geographer, King Charles III (as Prince of Wales) was very active in promoting environmental protection. More directly related to our discipline is Prince William who studied geography at St. Andrews University, and together with The Royal Foundation launched The Earthshot Prize, today's most prestigious global prize for the environment in history.

Forthcoming events

Recent events

Centennial UGI-IGU congress

Paris - 18-22 July 2022

The event was organised in venues epitomising the living heart of geography in the city: Sorbonne, Institut de Géographie, Société de Géographie.

Within our Commission, three sessions have been accepted:

  1. Guibert Martine

Marginalization, globalization, and grands projets agricoles dans les périphéries des Suds : des

logiques adaptées aux transitions actuelles ?

Marginalization, globalization and large agricultural projects in the peripheries of the global South: a

logic adapted to the current transitions?

  1. Carpentier Irène

La valorisation internationale du local au sud de la Méditerranée : entre impasses et recompositions territoriales

International valorization of the local scale in the southern Mediterranean: between deadlock and spatial reconfiguation

  1. Fuerst-Bjelis Borna

Global and regional inequalities. what does the past teach us for the future?

Inégalités globales et régionales : qu’est-ce que le passé nous renseigne pour le futur ?

Thematic session:
  1. In addition, Mohana Basu’s session figures among the general thematic sessions:

The plight of the marginalized women in the developing world.

We invite you to submit your abstracts on the conference website to one of the Commission’s sessions, or to the thematic session, all listed above.

The call for abstracts is now open until January 11th, 2022. When you do so, please send also a copy to the Commission chair and the secretary (links below).

Thank you! Looking forward to meeting you in Paris



Commission's session at

34th International Geographical Congress

16-20 August, 2021

Link to session's description



Monday, 9th August 2021

9.00 – 9.30 Opening ceremony

9.30 – 11.00 Morning paper session

11.00 – 11.15 Break

11.15 – 12.30 Paper session

12.30 – 13.30 Break

13.30 – 15.00 Afternoon paper session

15.00 – 15.15 Break

15.15 – 16.30 Paper session

16.30 – 17.00 Conclusions

Tuesday, 10th August 2021

9.00 – 11.00 Morning paper session

11.00 – 11.15 Break

11.15 – 12.30 Paper session

12.30 – 13.30 Break

13.30 – 15.00 Afternoon paper session

15.00 – 15.30 Conclusions

15.30 – 16.00 Break

16.00 – 17.00 Business meeting

Please note that this is an interim programme and is subject to change depending on the number of conference registrations.

The full online Conference Programme will be available starting with 15 July 2021.

News from the commission's secretary.

If you want to share some marginalization and globalization related information please contact prof. Walter Leimgruber (secretary) or prof. Borna Fuerst-Bjeliš.