The geography of disruption

Climate change-related extreme weather events, political upheavals, rapid and often disruptive technological change - we are entering a period of growing uncertainty. Planning for and creating urban environments is a long-term endeavour, and creates a tension with a world that is changing ever more rapidly. Being aware of potential sources of disruption and their impacts, and integrating potential responses into planning and other policy is prudent and promotes economic resilience.

Two potential sources of disruption are automation technologies and disruptions to the flows of continental and global trade that underpin the GGH economy. Here we consider what the geography of that disruption might look like, that is, how these potential disruptors might affect the geography of employment across the GGH.