Hello. I'm a research fellow at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER). I hold a PhD in Geography from Ghent University, Belgium, and the University of Luxembourg, and an MA in global political economy from the University of Sussex, UK.
I'm broadly interested in these things: economic and financial geography; political economy; power; global finance; financial infrastructure and networks; payments; correspondent banking; SWIFT; money; central bank digital currencies (CBDC); DLT/blockchain, digital assets and tokenization; the state; East Asia; among others.
My life is mostly on hold and severely limited since March 2021 due to Long COVID. Because of this, I am also interested in research on causes and treatment of long COVID, ME/CFS, and other post-acute infection syndromes, as well as on the history, psychologization, and stigmatization of these conditions.
My doctoral thesis, entitled "Correspondent banking, SWIFT, and the geographies of financial infrastructure: Technological and organizational change in cross-border payments", examined the correspondent banking system and the SWIFT financial messaging system as a combined sociotechnical infrastructure, historically contingent on the account money form. The research found that cooperation, enabled by trust in SWIFT, is a key strategic agency in coordinating change towards new data-driven business models among banking competitors globally, with the aim of preserving the correspondent banking system and maintaining banks' collective incumbency.
The thesis was part of the FINWEBS project (INTER/FWO/16/11312037/FinWebs), led by my supervisors Prof Dr Ben Derudder and Dr Sabine Dörry, which explored the role of agency in interconnecting international financial centres.
Robinson, G., Dörry, S., & Derudder, B. (2023). Global networks of finance and information at the crossroads: Correspondent banking and SWIFT. Global Networks, 23(2), 478–493. https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12408
Dörry, S., Robinson, G., & Derudder, B. (2018). There Is No Alternative: SWIFT as Infrastructure Intermediary in Global Financial Markets. Financial Geography Working Paper #22. FinGeo. http://www.fingeo.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FinGeoWP22_Doerry_Robinson_Derudder_SwiftGPN.pdf
Robinson, G. (2018). Beyond the usual suspects: A global analysis of global finance. Book review of: Hall S. 2017. Global Finance: Places, Spaces and People. London, Sage. Articulo - Journal of Urban Research. https://doi.org/10.4000/articulo.3545
I've had long COVID since March 2021 following initial infection in December 2020. Acute infection was fairly mild but lasted for 5 weeks. It then cleared up for 7 weeks before long COVID began. It's now mild-moderate but still disabling. The symptoms are mainly neurocognitive (tinnitus, varieties of headaches, cognitive dysfunction, light sensitivity, vision problems), cardiac/autonomic (palpitations), and post exertional symptom exacerbation (PESE).
I'll occasionally put some info on dealing with Long COVID on this page on Notion.