This course looks at the spatial dimension of economic phenomena around the world. It offers an insight into the forces that shape local economies and their interconnections. It uses theoretical concepts and case studies to analyze the specific processes and factors - key agents, drivers, context - behind the economic development of places worldwide. The course includes classes in industrial agglomerations, spatial innovation systems, global value chains, formal/informal economies, gendered work, knowledge economies etc. It uses a multidisciplinary approach drawing mostly from political economy, economic geography, sociology and cultural studies.