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date: 21 January 2020

(p. ix) Acknowledgements

(p. ix) Acknowledgements

This book was made possible by the support of numerous organizations. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the support of our home institutions, notably (for Gordon Clark and Dariusz Wójick) the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, the School of Geography and the Environment, and the Saïd Business School at Oxford University, and, further afield, the Department of Banking and Finance in the Monash Business School at Monash University, the University of Toronto (Meric Gertler), and the University of North Carolina (Maryann Feldman). Without the administrative and organizational support of our home institutions, and without the support and encouragement of our colleagues in those institutions, this book would not have been possible.

At Oxford, we were fortunate to have a team that has carried the Handbook through its various stages. We would especially like to thank Alice Chautard, Seth Collins, Angelika Kaiser, Irem Kok, and Sarah McGill for their reading of submissions, their attention to the form and structure of the book and its various sections, and their help in meeting the various deadlines that a book of this size must meet. Also important in this regard has been the enthusiasm and encouragement found in our OUP editors, notably Dominic Byatt and David Musson, Olivia Wells, and the New York-based Handbook staff led by Sarah Kain. We are very grateful for their engagement with this project, and its previous incarnation.

Along the way, we had an opportunity to present both the book and the role of our contributors to the wider academic community through the Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography (2015) in Oxford. This event was led by Dariusz Wójcik, along with the staff of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and the School of Geography and the Environment. Most importantly, Patrizia Ferrari’s conference management made this possible. At the conference we held a number of meetings with contributors, allowing for a dialogue about their contributions and the significance of the book. We are very grateful to those contributors who participated for their enthusiasm and engagement in this initiative.

Finally, any long-running project such as this incurs many debts—specifically, the patience of our families and friends. Peter and Shirley, Gordon M. Allen, Joanna, Isabel and Miles, and Ana have, in their different ways, sustained our academic careers and demonstrated their continued support throughout this particular project. (p. x)