IGU Commission on Geography of Commercial Activities

Commission UGI sur la géographie des activités commerciales

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as Commission C17 of International Geographical Union (IGU); from 1992, Commission 92 C11. Ceased activities.


Compare definitions, terminologies, classifications and geographical methods of various forms of trade, including shops, malls, firms, supermarkets and regulated markets, in different cultural realms; establish international terminology and list sources of information; study gender role in commercial activities; study impact of commercial activities on the physical and social environment; establish a geo-marketing laboratory for generating and disseminating data; study the philosophical and methodological foundations of commercial geography; study retail and daily or periodic market trade, its adaptation to traditions, to worldwide political and economic transformation and to competition from other forms of trade, and its importance in social life; compare the effects of legislation and planning measures at urban, rural, regional and national levels on various types of commercial activity; study the role of commercial activity in structuring urban and rural areas, its influence on consumer behaviour and on the landscape and the perception of the dwellers; study the evolution of links between urban and rural areas with regard to commercial geography.

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Subjects *

  • Geography
    • Geography
  • Commerce
    • Commerce
    • Trade
    • Market
    • Merchants
  • Research, Standards
    • Nomenclature
  • Informatics, Classification
    • Classification

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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