On 16 April 2020, the Steering Committee of the IGU’s Commission on Globalization, Marginalization, and Regional and Local Responses, in close consultation with the local conference organizing team, has taken the decision to postpone the Annual Commission Conference until 2021. The conference, originally scheduled for 9-14 August 2020, will now take place on 8-13 August 2021, in conjunction with the 34th International Geographical Congress in Istanbul.

All registration forms submitted for the 2020 Conference, if desired, remain available for the 2021 Conference.

Please consult the conference website for updates!


Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the Annual Conference of the International Geographical Union’s (IGU) C16.29 Commission on Globalization, Marginalization, and Regional and Local Responses, organized in partnership with the Centre for Regional Geography of Babeş-Bolyai University, which is to be held from the 8th to the 13th of August 2021 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Today, in our globalized world, there are serious concerns regarding global warming, pollution, environment, biodiversity, social conflicts, the future of our planet and the future of mankind. There are increasing tensions in the Middle East, in Latin America, in Africa and in other parts of the world, while long-lasting peaceful solutions are hard to find and not easy to implement. In the Global South, economic problems are prevailing. Marginalization is more of a reality for billions of people everywhere.

At the same time, there are increasing gaps between the rich and the poor, between the most developed areas and the least developed ones. Disparities are therefore expanding at all levels. The most developed regions are growing fast, while spill-out effects are not working as they were supposed to, and the least developed regions are lagging behind even more, not able to keep the same pace of development. The current trends show that development will be even more concentrated in several “cores” or growth poles while marginalization will be even more dissipated in the widening periphery.

The world is diverse and there is not a single, universally valid solution to be applied in the same way everywhere. There is no universal cure for the existing problems and challenges raised by marginalization and disparities. Therefore, it is crucially important that regional problems are treated separately and regional responses are provided according to the specificities of each situation. However, every solution, policy or strategy which functioned somewhere might be also seen as a model of good practices and may be adapted and applied successfully in other parts of the world. And this is the meaning of our meeting in Cluj-Napoca: to create a meaningful bridge between regional responses to issues related to marginalization and disparities around the world, from which we may all learn and enrich our experience, to provide further assistance to global and regional needs.

For further information on the conference and submission, please contact us at or

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Cluj-Napoca!

Raularian RUSU
Assoc. Prof., Director of the Centre for Regional Geography
Babeş-Bolyai University


Call for panels and abstracts opens 5 February 2020
Deadline to submit abstract or panel proposals 15 May 2021
Proposal Acceptance/Rejection Notification by 1 June 2021
Payment for conference fee and field trip starts
upon receiving the acceptance notification
Registration fee deadline 15 June 2021
Full conference programme 1 July 2021
Conference date 8-13 August 2021
Full paper submission deadline (optional) 1 October 2021






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