Michael Storper

Professor of Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

Email: m.storper@lse.ac.uk

Tel: [+44] (0)20 7955 6550

Room: STC 4.08, St Clement's Building, LSE

Michael joined the Department in October 2000 as LSE Centennial Professor of Economic Geography. He is also affiliated with the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations at Sciences-Po in Paris, and the Department of Urban Planning in the School of Public Affairs at UCLA.

Professor Storper is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and has received the Regional Studies Association's Sir Peter Hall Prize for overall contribution to the field.

He is an internationally recognised scholar and author, particularly well known for his books which include The Capitalist Imperative: Territory, Technology and Industrial Growth (with R. Walker; Blackwell, 1989), Pathways to Industrialization and Regional Development (with A. Scott; Routledge, 1992), Worlds of Production: The Action Frameworks of the Economy (with Robert Salais, Harvard Univ. Press, 1997), The Regional World: Territorial Development in a Global Economy (Guildford Press, 1997), and Latecomers in the Global Economy (editor with L. Tsipouri and S. Thmodakis; Routledge, 1998).

His latest books are The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies (Stanford University Press, 2015), and Keys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction,and Politics Shape Development (Princeton University Press, 2013).

  • Globalisation and local and regional economic development processes
  • The effects of liberalised trade and technology flows on global location patterns
  • The role of local economic policies in influencing the effects of globalisation in local and regional economies
  • The overall geography of the global economy: changes and continuities in location and specialisation patterns
  • Face-to-face contact as a source of urbanisation economies
  • The effects of new communications technologies on face-to-face contact and delocalisation
  • Comparative regional development processes

For additional publications and downloadable articles, please see Professor Storper's personal page

Selected recent publications:

  • 2011    'Justice, Efficiency and Economic Geography: Should Places Help One Another to Develop?' European Urban and Regional Studies
  • 2010    'Why Does a City Grow? Specialisation, Human Capital or Institutions? Urban Studies, 1-24, May
  • 2010   'Why do regions develop and change? the Challenge for Geography and Economics' Journal of Ecomonic Geography
  • 2010    'Human Geography and the institutions that underlie economic growth' Thomas Farole, Andres Rodriguez-Pose and Michael Storper
  • 2010    'From Retro to Avant-Garde: A commentary on Krugman "The new Economic Geography, now middle aged" 
  • 2009    'Cohesion Policy in the European Union: Growth, Geography, Institutions' Thomas Farole, Andres Rodriguez-Pose and Michael Storper. Journal of Common Market Studies  
  • 2008    'Regional Context and Global Trade:  Another Great Transformation?' (January 2009, Economic Geography
  • 2008    'Community and Economics.'  IN:  A. Amin and J. Roberts, eds, Organising for Creativity: Community, Economy and Space. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 37-68 
  • 2007    'On the Geographical Determinants of Innovation in Europe and the United States,' Riccardo Crescenzi, Andrés Rodriguez-Pose, and Michael Storper, Journal of Economic Geography 7,6: 673-709.
  • 2006    'Behaviour, Preferences and Cities: Urban Theory and Urban Resurgence.' Urban Studies 43:8: 1-28, July,  (co- authored with  Michael Manville)
  • 2005    'Society, Community and Economic Development,'  Studies in Comparative International Development, 39,4: 30-57.
  • 2004    'Buzz: Face-to-Face Contact and the Urban Economy'  co-authored with Anthony J. Venables,  Journal of Economic Geography 4: 351-370. 

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) honours Prof Michael Storper

Michael Storper, Professor of Economic Geography, is awarded the 2016 Founder’s Medal for scholarship and leadership in human and economic geography. 

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VIDEO: Why Cities Succeed and Fail Today

Michael Storper
with Thomas Kemeny and Naji Makarem

How well a city will cope with new opportunities and challenges relies on economic specialisation, human capital formation, and institutional factors. World-leading economic geographer Michael Storper challenges many conventional notions about economic development and sheds new light on its workings.

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The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014

Professor Michael Storper named among the Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 by Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters have named Professor Michael Storper of the Department of Geography & Environment among their list of the ‘Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014’. The news comes in recognition of Michael’s reputation as a global leader in his field, with his academic work in the top 1% most cited in the ‘general social science’ category.

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Michael Storper

VIDEO & AUDIO: Keys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction and Politics Shape Development

The global economy is driven by major cities: the keys to the city are the keys to global development. In this talk Michael Storper sets out the rules of economic development for policy-makers, and demonstrates why economists, sociologists and political scientists must take geography seriously.

Video & podcast.

Susanna Hecht

VIDEO & AUDIO: From Eco-Catastrophe to Zero Clearing: why is deforestation in the Neotropics declining?

An expert on tropical development, Professor Susanna Hecht addresses the recent dramatic decline in deforestation in Amazonia, why it has occurred, and how likely it is to endure. The event is chaired by Professor Michael Storper.

Video & podcast. 

Michael Storper

Michael Storper elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy

We are delighted to announce that Professor Michael Storper has been named a Corresponding Fellow by the British Academy. This prestigious honour is for distinguished academics based in overseas institutions, and Professor Storper was one of only 15 elected this year.

Professor of Economic Geography at LSE, Michael has also held professorial positions at UCLA and Sciences-Po.


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