London School of Economics and Political Science

Regional Science research at the LSE is conducted in a wide range of academic departments, research institutes and centres. Its main homes are in the Department of Geography and Environment and in the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC).  Research in Regional Science within both the Department and SERC has been concerned with issues of regional development, spatial inequality, innovation, agglomeration, labour market outcomes, urban economics, as well asproperty markets and real estate economics.  

There are around 20 faculty members involved in Regional Science research. They are at the centre of a larger group involving postgraduate researchers and PhD students. The research conducted at the LSE regularly appears in top international Regional Science, Economics, and Geography journals and its quality – as well as the standing of LSE researchers – has been recognized by numerous international awards and prizes.

Much of the research developed in Regional Science at the LSE has important policy implications. This is reflected in the key roles played by LSE researchers as advisers and consultants to numerous international organisations and government departments and the private sector. 

Programs and Degrees in Regional Science

Undergraduate Programme 

Graduate Programmes

PhD Programme 

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BSc Geography with Economics MSc in Local Economic Development MSc in Real Estate Economics and Finance PhD in Economic Geography

Thesis on Regional Science in the last five years


Ivan PALAVICINI CORONA - Ph.D. - Local economic development in Mexico: the contribution of the bottom-up approach 

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Wai San WAN - Ph.D. - Global and regional sourcing of ICT-enabled business services: upgrading of China, Hong Kong and Singapore along the global value chain

Ian Gordon


Sylvia TIJMSTRA - Ph.D. - Spaces of regionalism and the rescaling of government: A theoretical framework with British cases

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Neil LEE - Ph.D. - Innovation, diversity and inequality. Papers in economic geography

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose


Nicolas DI BOSCIO - Ph.D. - Mining enterprises and regional economic development - an exploratory analysis of the SD model 

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose


Thomas FAROLE - Ph.D. - Community, Society and Adaptation: Assessing the Institutional Factors Behind Long--run Growth in the Regional Economy.

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Michael Storper

Achilleas TSAMIS - Ph.D. - Science and Technology Parks in the Less Favoured Regions of Europe: An Evaluation of their Performance and the Parameters of Success.

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Ioannis KAPLANIS - Ph.D. - Spatial Patterns of Employment Polarisation and Local Capital Spillover Effects in Britain

Steve Gibbons

Awards in Regional Science in the last ten years

EIB-ERSA Prize - 2009 – Paul Cheshire

Walter Isard Award for Scholarly Achievement - 2011 – J. Vernon Henderson

RSAI Fellows - 2004 – J. Vernon Henderson

Geoffrey J.D. Hewings Award - 2009 – Henry Overman

AUGUST LÖSCH Prize - 2006 – Henry Overman -  joint with Gilles Duranton, for their work in the field of Regional Science, particularly on creation of clusters, i.e. on spatial location of industries. 


2009 - Guilherme Mendes Resende (2nd prize) - Multiple dimensions of regional economic growth: the Brazilian case 1991-2000 

2008 - Carlo Menon (1st prize) - The Bright Side of Gerrymandering: an Enquiry on the Determinants of Industrial Agglomeration in the United States

2007 - Roberto Picchizzolu (1st prize) - Entrepreneurial Risk and the Geographical Concentration of Industries: Evidence from the UK Manufacturing Sector

1997 - Stefano Magrini (1st prize) - On the Effect of European Integration on Economic Growth and Regional Disparities 

Regional Science Scholars’ 

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Andrés Rodríguez-Pose


Vassilis Monastiriotis


Christian Hilber


Simona Iammarino


Thomas Kemeny

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Eduardo Ibarra-Olivo


Elisabetta Pietrostefani

REPEC Ranking

The LSE is widely regarded as one of the top institutions in a number of fields related to Regional Science. It is currently ranked 1st in REPEC in the fields of Economic Geography, Microeconomic European Issues, 2nd – behind the European Central Bank –in European Economics and in Urban and Real Estate Economics, and is among the top 10 institutions in the world in Development, Innovation, and Knowledge Economy.

Vernon Henderson and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose are ranked by REPEC in the top 5% of Economics authors of the world. They all feature, according to the same ranking, among the top 15 economic geographers. Furthermore Vernon Henderson is also among the top 15 researchers in urban and real estate economics and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose in microeconomic European issues.

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