Dr Erica Pani

Dr Erica Pani

Assistant Professor of Local Economic Development and Planning

Department of Geography and Environment

Office Hours
Thursdays 10.30-12.30
English, Italian
Key Expertise
Economic geography, Qualitative methods, Dissertation support

About me

Erica is an economic geographer. She graduated with a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London in 2016. She joined the Department in September 2019 having previously worked at the LSE, Queen Mary University of London, and Newcastle University.

Erica’s research takes a heterodox approach to economic geography and urban planning. Her over-arching aim is to explore how new theoretical, conceptual and political possibilities for more socially just forms of economy can be re-imagined and put into practice. Seeking to understand the tensions between economy and society as uneven, and politically-charged processes that are necessarily manifest in and through situated, relational social and material contexts, Erica’s research is distinctive, suggesting that what we value and how we value it matters enormously to the form of our emerging life worlds.

Erica’s approach to teaching seeks to stimulate and support students to engage with a subject, learn and explore. Her aim is to challenge students to think critically and reflectively, motivating them to change, adapt and re-form their existing knowledges by creating new linkages between ideas and perceptions of themselves and the world. Specialising in economic geography, qualitative methods and dissertation support, Erica implements interactive activities such as group work, debates, presentations, videos, on-line resource engagement, vignettes and role-playing, to help transform students into active learners - stimulating collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. Classroom flipping, walking as method, workshops, fieldtrips, quick-fire forums, and lectures, are each used to foster a holistic and positive learning experience.

Research areas:

A Value Approach to Political Economy:
Adapting and reposing Roger Lee’s work on the Ordinary Economy, Erica’s PhD explored how processes of neoliberalization necessarily emerge in-and-through existing multiple and complex socio-spatial relations. Focusing on the marketisation of Higher Education in England, her PhD won the Royal Geographic Society Best PhD in the UK Economic Geography Research Group, 2016.

A Value Approach to Planning:
Collaborating with colleagues from the Regional and Urban Planning Studies Programme (RUPS) at the LSE, this work suggests that planning is entrenched in values and practices of value due to its fundamental role in planning for diverse material and social forms of society-economy.

Land Tenure Regularisation in Dar es Salaam:
This collaborative work with colleagues from RUPS explores the complex interplay between policies of land regularisation and the diversity of ordinary socio-economic contexts into which those policies are inserted and/or imposed. Dar es Salaam presents an important case for exploring and theorising the intersections and interstices between political economy, planning and social practice in a Global South context.

selected publications

Pani, E. “Neoliberalization and the Ordinary Economy: A value approach”, currently a revise and resubmit in Progress in Human Geography.

Pani, E., Pollard, J. and James, A. “Reimagining Economies: From Financial Inclusion to Inclusive Finance”, currently under review in Antipode.

Pani, E. (2018) ‘Governing Inclusive Finance: Towards a Manifesto for Change’, Re-Imagining Economies Project, Report. Newcastle University: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/reimaginingeconomies/

Holman, N., Mossa, A. and Pani, E. (2018) ‘Planning, value(s) and the market: An analytic for ‘what comes next?’’ Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 50(3): 608–626.

Pani, E. (2017) ‘Economic geographies of value revisited’, Geography Compass, 11(9): 1-13.

Pani, E. and Holman, N. (2014) ‘A fetish and fiction of finance: Unravelling the subprime crisis’, Economic Geography, 90(2): 213-235.

Pani, E. (2015) Book Review, On South Bank: The Production of Public Space, by Alasdair J.H. Jones (2014), Journal of Urbanism, 9(1): 97-98.

Pani, E. (2014) Book Review, Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture, by Ben Campkin, Geographical, http://geographical.co.uk/reviews/books/item/332-remakinglondon-decline-and-regeneration-in-urban-culture-by-ben-campkin

Pani, E. and Wills, J. (2013) Poplar Neighbourhood Community Budget: Learning and Evaluation Report. PNCB/DCLG.

Pani, E. (2012)Transforming the riverside: the stories behind the re-development of London’s South Bank”, Discovering Britain: A Series of Guided Walks, Royal Geographic Society (with IBG): London.

Pani, E. (2009) ‘Learning, knowledge transfer and innovation: why gender matters in local and regional economic competitiveness’, Working Paper, School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London.