Tom Kemeny

Senior LSE Fellow in Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment


Before joining LSE in 2013, Dr Thomas Kemeny was a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kemeny is also a Special Sworn Status researcher at the  U.S. Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr Kemeny's research explores the determinants of regional development and growth, with a focus on: innovation and learning; the impacts of internationalization on regional labor markets; and the development-enabling role of formal and informal institutions. His work has been published in geography, economics, and urban planning journals, including the Journal of Economic Geography, World Development and the Journal of Regional Science. In addition, he has advised governments and NGOs on issues of regional and international development, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the World Bank.


  • Regional development
  • Innovation and learning
  • International trade
  • Inequality
  • Institutions
  • Immigration


Selected recent publications:

  • Kemeny, T., Storper, M. (2012) The Sources of Urban Development: Wages, Housing and Amenity Gaps Across American Cities. Journal of Regional Science, 52(1). 
  • Kemeny, T., and Rigby, D. (2012) Trading Away What Kind of Jobs? Globalization, Trade and Tasks in the U.S. Economy. Review of World Economics, 148(1). 
  • Kemeny, T. (2011) Are Technology Gaps Growing or Shrinking in the Age of Globalization? Journal of Economic Geography, 11(1).
  • Kemeny, T. (2010) Does Foreign Direct Investment Stimulate Technological Upgrading? World Development, 38(11).