15:00-16:30, Friday, Week 8, 16 June 2017, A J Herbertson Room

Convener: Dariusz Wójcik (SoGE, Oxford) on behalf of the Transformations: Economy, Society and Place Research Cluster.


  • Youssef Cassis (EUI Florence)
  • Karen Lai (National University of Singapore)
  • David Meyer (Washington University, St Louis)
  • Tobias Straumann (Zurich University)
  • Richard Sylla (New York University)
  • Laure QuennouŽlle-Corre (CNRS and Paris-Sorbonne University)
  • Dariusz Wójcik (SoGE, Oxford)

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which unleashed the global financial crisis, negotiations start on the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union. Within a decade we will have witnessed two epochal events with potential to redraw the map of international financial centres. But how has this map actually changed since 2008, and how is it likely to change in the near future? What has been the impact of new regulation on the competitive landscape of financial centres? Have Asian financial centres taken advantage of crisis in the West? Which cities emerge as hubs of new financial technology? How will the role of financial centres as loci of power change? Or will new financial technology render financial centres, as we know them, unnecessary for the functioning of the global economy? To address these and other related questions, this seminar gathers the leading economic historians and geographers to focus on the post-2008 developments in key international financial centres. Case studies illustrating changes in selected major centres are enriched with a comparative and global perspective and understanding the long-term evolution of financial centres.