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

Impacts, Responses and Observed Effects of COVID-19 on Geographical Marginality

This book examines how COVID-19 has often enhanced social and economic marginalisation in different places and societies around the world. It explores the reality that selective deglobalisation is occurring and over and above the human tragedy which has been experienced, many societies and economies have had to adapt to the new reality which they find themselves in. ... more

Governments have been challenged to improve health care and provide economic relief and stimulus packages to sectors as diverse as tourism and education which have had to develop new ways of coping. Resilience theory is drawn on to help explain some of the creative responses which we observe, while in other places deep-rooted concerns for the future are a stark reality.

By describing how the pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing geographic, social and economic marginalisation, particularly for the most vulnerable places, societies and economic activities globally, this book provides insight into the impacts and implications across the world and reflects on the different experiences.

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.