David Bassens

Professor of Economic Geography

Professors Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research Economy & Finance Politics & Policy
  • Current position Professor of Economic Geography
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Faculty of Sciences and Bio-Engineering Sciences
    Department of Geography
    Pleinlaan 2
    Building F - Room 4.63
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone +32 (0)2 629 33 87
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  • Website www.cosmopolis.be

David Bassens' research interests lie in two broad areas: (i) Geographies of globalized urbanization: world-city formation and world-city-networks, urban political economies, post-colonial urban critiques, mobility of urban policies; and (ii) Geographies of finance and financialization: financial geography, economic geography, regulation theory, varieties of capitalism, and the sociology of finance. David is also Associate Director of Financialization at the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. He is also Board Member and Treasurer of the FINGEO Network, the Global Network on Financial Geography.

His current empirical research pays particular attention to:

  • The discursive and material construction of emerging markets;
  • Geographies of Islamic finance;
  • The role of global finance in urban development and world cities;
  • Geographies of the Eurozone crisis;
  • The financialization of financial institutions.

Key publications 

Bassens, D., van Meeteren, M. (2014) World cities under conditions of financialized globalization: Towards an augmented world city hypothesis, Progress in Human Geography, online first.

Bassens, D., van Meeteren, M., Derudder, B., Witlox, F. (2013) No more credit to Europe? Cross-border bank lending, financial integration and the re-birth of the national scale as a credit scorecard, Environment and Planning A 45(10): 2399-2419.

Bassens, D., Engelen, E., Derudder, B., Witlox, F. (2013) Securitization across borders: Organizational mimicry in Islamic finance, Journal of Economic Geography 13(1): 85-106.

Bassens, D., Derudder, B., Witlox, F. (2011) Setting Shari’a standards: on the role, power and spatialities of interlocking Shari’a boards in Islamic financial services, Geoforum 42(1): 94-103.

Bassens, D., Derudder, B., Witlox, F. (2010) Searching for the Mecca of finance: Islamic financial services and the world city network, Area 42(1): 35-46.

Educational background 

2007-2011 : PhD Geography, Ghent University

2005-2007 : MA Social and Cultural Anthropology, Magna cum Laude, KU Leuven

2001-2005 : MSc Geography, Magna cum Laude, Ghent University

Previous positions 

01/10/2011-30/11/2012 Post-doctoral fellow of the Flanders Research Foundation, Ghent University, Geography Department

01/01/2008-30/09/2011 Doctoral Researcher, Ghent University, Geography Department

01/10/2007-31/12/2007 Researcher ‘Steunpunt Ruimte en Wonen’, Ghent University, Geography Department