Ten resources for studying globalization

Following on from last week’s post on the top ten sites for studying the historical geography of Ireland, here is the top ten online resources (not necessarily in any order) for studying the geography of globalization.

1. UNCTAD (the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) have a pretty decent data bank and library located here. An example of what you can find: lists of the largest transnational corporations.

2. The World Trade Organization’s web site provides access to speeches, information on disputes and decisions, trade statistics, and much more besides. See here for trade information on each member country, such as Ireland.

3.  The World Bank also stores a lot of useful information, especially here. For example, you can finddata by indicator, from which you can construct pretty decent maps.

4. Google’s Public Data site is another good place to find data that you can make into tables, charts and maps. Some of the World Bank data mentioned above is there. But there’s lots more.

5. The International Labour Organization is another good source for relevant data on globalization. Its statistics and database site has links to some highly relevant publications including a resources for researchers section.

6. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) also holds a large stock of data and links to its various publications. For example, on this page, you can scan for information by keyword and find excel and pdf files with reams of data. Never a dull moment!

7. A standout feature of globalization is the centrality of the International Monetary Fund. Its World Economic Outlook report is good bedtime reading.  Access to the information it collects on most of the world’s countries can be found here.  And global data is found here.

8. A well-known location for geographers researching globalization is the Globalization and World Cities centre centre at Loughborough University. Their GaWC Research Bulletins are an excellent place to start researching the effects of globalization on the world’s cities.

9. A tool I find useful is Google’s Finance site. Company data for all of the world’s major firms – including information on their competitors – can be found here.

10. Finally, for some good data on shipping, which is a key element of the globalization story, why not take a look at the World Shipping Council’s site.

Alistair Fraser

One comment

  1. Ann Mullen · · Reply

    Thanks Alistair, this is great information I’m sure I’ll need in the future.
    Ann Mullen


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