This handbook is a comprehensive and up to date work of reference that offers a survey of the state of financial geography. With Brexit, a global recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as new financial technology threatening and promising to revolutionize finance, the map of the financial world is in a state of transformation, with major implications for development.

With these developments in the background, this handbook builds on this unprecedented momentum and responds to these epochal challenges, offering a comprehensive guide to financial geography. Financial geography is concerned with the study of money and finance in space and time, and their impacts on economy, society and nature. The book consists of 29 chapters organized in six sections: theoretical perspectives on financial geography, financial assets and markets, investors, intermediation, regulation and governance, and finance, development and the environment. Each chapter provides a balanced overview of current knowledge, identifying issues and discussing relevant debates. Written in an analytical and engaging style by authors based on six continents from a wide range of disciplines, the work also offers reflections on where the research agenda is likely to advance in the future.

The book’s key audience will primarily be students and researchers in geography, urban studies, global studies and planning, more or less familiar with financial geography, who seek access to a state-of-the art survey of this area. It will also be useful for students and researchers in other disciplines, such as finance and economics, history, sociology, anthropology, politics, business studies, environmental studies and other social sciences, who seek convenient access to financial geography as a new and relatively unfamiliar area. Finally, it will be a valuable resource for practitioners in the public and private sector, including business consultants and policy-makers, who look for alternative approaches to understanding money and finance.

chapter 1|21 pages


part I|119 pages

Theoretical Perspectives in Financial Geography

chapter 2|31 pages

Financial and Business Services

A Guide for the Perplexed

chapter 4|19 pages

Cultural Economy of Finance

chapter 5|19 pages

Beyond (De)Regulation

Law and the Production of Financial Geographies

part II|118 pages

Financial Assets and Markets

chapter 7|21 pages

From Cowry Shells to Cryptos

Evolving Geographies of Currency

chapter 10|24 pages


chapter 11|29 pages


The Harmonization of an Asset Class and Implications for Local Governance

part III|116 pages


chapter 12|23 pages

Long-Term Investment Management

The Principal–Agent Problem and Metrics of Performance

chapter 14|20 pages

Household Finance

chapter 15|24 pages

Impact Investors

The Ethical Financialization of Development, Society and Nature

chapter 16|25 pages

The Foundations of Development Banking

A Critical Review

part IV|81 pages


chapter 17|21 pages

Banks and Credit

chapter 19|19 pages

Unbundling Value Chains in Finance

Offshore Labor and the Geographies of Finance

chapter 20|18 pages


The Dis/Re-Intermediation of Finance?

part V|125 pages

Regulation and Governance

part VI|103 pages

Finance, Development and the Environment

chapter 27|26 pages

The Renewable Energy Revolution

Risk, Investor and Financing Structures—with Case Studies from Germany and Kenya

chapter 28|21 pages

Finance and Climate Change