Paul Cheshire

Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment


Tel: [+44] (0)20 7955 7586

Room: STC 4.05|, St Clement's Building, LSE 

An economist by training, Paul Cheshire is Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, working half time. He has a strong interest in policy analysis and policy related fields, and was recently named one of the Planning industry's most influential people.

Urban Economics and Urban Policy|Paul co-edited Handbook of Regional & Urban Economics, Vol. 3: applied urban economics (Amsterdam: North Holland, 1999) with E. S. Mills, and Recent Developments in Urban and Regional Economics (Aldershot: Edward Elgar, 2004) with Gilles Duranton. His latest book is Urban Economics And Urban Policy: Challenging Conventional Policy Wisdom| (Edward Elgar, 2014), with Henry Overman and Max Nathan. He is the author/co-author of more than 100 papers and was the 1989 winner of the Donald Robertson Memorial Prize and in 2004 won the Royal Economic Society's Prize for the best paper in the Economic Journal. He won the European Regional Science Association/European investment Banks prize for lifetime contribution to regional science research in 2009. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences and of the Weimer School. He held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2000/01 and was a Visiting Fellow of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in 2002.

Apart from his academic work he has spent time as an advisor and as a consultant for the European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD, the UN and other international organisations as well as the UK government, including being a member of the Expert Panel for the Barker Review of the Planning system, and an Academic Friend of the Eddington Transport Study. Until its abolition in 2010 he was a Board member of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit and a member of two of the Department of Communities and Local Government's Expert Panels. He is a member of the Internation Scientific Committee of Nicis and of the conseil scientifique du Grand Paris.

  • The spatial applications of economics
  • Urban policy
  • Regional growth and territorial competition
  • Urban land and housing markets
  • The economic consequences of land use regulation 

Selected recent publications:

  • P. Cheshire, C. A. L. Hilber, I. Kaplanis (2014), ‘Land use regulation and productivity - land matters: evidence from a UK supermarket chain’, Journal of Economic Geography (PDF)
  • P.Cheshire and W. Vermeulen (2009), 'Land Markets and their Regulation: The welfare economics of planning', in H.S.Geyer (ed) International Handbook of Urban Policy, Aldershot: Edward Elgar (PDF)
  • 'Urban Growth Drivers in a Europe of Sticky People and Implicit Boundaries', Journal of Economic Geography, 9, 1, 85-115, 2009. (with Stefano Magrini)
  • 'Reflections on the Nature and Policy Implications of Planning Restrictions on Housing Supply' Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 24, 1, 50-58, 2008. (PDF)
  • 'Office Space Supply Restrictions in Britain: The political economy of market Revenge' Economic Journal, 118, (June) F185-F221, 2008. (with Christian Hilber) (PDF)
  • 'Policies for Mixed Communities: Faith-based displacement activity?' International Regional Science Review, 32 (3),343-375, 2009 (PDF)
  • Segregated Neighbourhoods and Mixed Communities: a critical analysis, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, 2007, 43 (PDF)
  • 'Resurgent Cities, Urban Myths and Policy Hubris: What we need to know', Urban Studies, 43, 8, 1231-46, July 2006 (PDF)
  • 'Population Growth in European Cities: weather matters - but only nationally', Regional Studies, 40, 1, 23-37 (February 2006)  (with Stefano Magrini) (PDF)
  • 'The Introduction of Price Signals into Land Use Planning Decision-making: a Proposal',  Urban Studies, 42, 4, 647-663, April 2005.  (with Stephen Sheppard) (PDF)

For more publications, please see his personal page|

Paul Cheshire|

Video: Professor Paul Cheshire on the housing crisis |

Professor Paul Cheshire is the latest LSE academic to undergo a Gearty Grilling, a weekly series of short, to-the-point video debates from LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) on key issues affecting the world today. Conor Gearty, Director of the IPA and Professor of Human Rights Law, subjects academics to a five-minute grilling to showcase the School's world class research and faculty. In this interview Paul Cheshire argues that green belt land should be used to solve the housing crisis. Watch now|.


EVENT AUDIO: Housing: Where Will We All Live?|

The governor of the Bank of England recently warned that the overheated housing market represents the "biggest risk" to the country’s long-term recovery. BBC Home Affairs editor Mark Easton asks an expert panel - including LSE's Paul Cheshire - why this country has failed to build enough affordable homes and looks at what can be done to solve our housing crisis.

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VIDEO & AUDIO: Transforming a City: from London's East End to the West End|

Valued at £8 billion, the Crown Estate is a giant player in the property industry with an unusually diverse portfolio. The group's Chief Executive Alison Nimmo joins LSE's Paul Cheshire to discuss her experience leading the company, her past projects in city redevelopment and the Olympic Delivery Authority, and plans for the future.

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Professor Paul Cheshire named one of the planning industry’s 100 most influential people|

LSE’s Paul Cheshire has joined Lord Adonis and the Prime Minister as one of the one hundred most influential people in the UK planning industry today, according to the sector-leading Planning magazine's 'Planning Power 100' list.

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