Neil M. Coe

National University of Singapore

Neil M. Coe is Professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography and Co-Director of the Global Production Networks Centre (GPN@NUS) at the National University of Singapore. His research interests are in the areas of global production networks and local economic development; the geographies of local and transnational labour markets; the geographies of innovation; and institutional and network approaches to economic development. These concerns have been explored through empirical research into computer services, temporary staffing and logistics in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific, the film and television industry in the UK and Canada, and retailing in the UK, East Asia and Eastern Europe.

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Jan 1, 2020
Neil M. Coe

Logistical geographies

Although logistics are fundamentally geographical and of critical importance to contemporary society, it is only relatively recently that human geographers and cognate social scientists have started to meaningfully engage with the topic. This paper explores this recent growth of interest, which enco...


Jan 1, 2019
Neil M Coe, Henry Wai-chung Yeung

Global production networks: mapping recent conceptual developments

In this framing paper for the special issue, we map significant research on global production networks during the past decade in economic geography and adjacent fields. In line with the core aim of the special issue to push for new conceptual advances, the paper focuses on the central elements of GP...


Jan 1, 2019
LONE RIISGAARD, PETER LUND‐THOMSEN, NEIL M. COE

Multistakeholder initiatives in global production networks: naturalizing specific understandings of sustainability through the Better Cotton Initiative

In recent years, various academics, consultants, companies and NGOs have advocated a move towards more cooperative approaches to private sustainability standards to address the widely identified shortcomings of the compliance paradigm. However, is it possible to address these limitations by moving t...


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