Brexit, Euroscepticism, and Regional Stagnation - What Next?

Hosted by LSE London and LSE Department of Geography and Environment

Auditorium, Centre Building


Lewis Dijkstra

European Commission and LSE


Riccardo Crescenzi

Professor of Economic Geography, LSE

In a session chaired by Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE), Lewis Dijkstra (European Commission and LSE) will be discussing Brexit, Euroscepticism and regional stagnation. 

Cities and regions across the world are experiencing pressures on the housing, governance and sustainability fronts. Challenges such as creating sustainable transport links, enhancing local democracy or tackling housing shortage push urbanists to think creatively. Founded in 1966, LSE's MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies (RUPS) programme has established its reputation as a key player in urban innovation with alumni working in public policy, architecture, think tanks and government across the world. Our new series Progressing Planning is designed to showcase LSE's impact on urban issues by bringing together academics and RUPS alumni. In so doing, we aim to show how research at LSE links to practice across the world.

This interactive session will bring together professionals, academics and the public around presentations and a general discussion.


Lewis Dijkstra is the Deputy Head of the Analysis Unit in the Directorate-General for Regional Policy of the European Commission. He is responsible for the Cohesion Reports and the development of new regional and urban indicators. For his work he has initiated joint projects with Eurostat, the OECD, the Joint Research Centre, the World Bank and the European Environmental Agency. He has published articles on issues such as regional quality of government, regional competitiveness, labour mobility, metropolitan regions, patterns of economic growth and urbanisation. He holds a PhD in Urban and regional planning.


Riccardo Crescenzi is a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics. His research is focused on regional economic development, innovation, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and multinationals and the analysis and evaluation of European Union policies. 


RUPS (Regional and Urban Planning Studies) is a strongly focused and internationally based planning programme with a long tradition in training both people seeking careers in urban and regional planning policy and mid-career professionals.

LSE London is a research centre at the LSE that focuses on the economic and social issues of the London region, as well as the problems and possibilities of other urban and metropolitan regions. The centre has a strong international reputation particularly in the fields of labour markets, social and demographic change, housing, finance, and governance, and it is the leading academic centre for analyses of city-wide developments in London.

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