Riccardo Crescenzi

Associate Professor of Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

Email: r.crescenzi@lse.ac.uk

Tel: [+44] (0)20 7955 6720

Room: STC 4.14, St Clement's Building, LSE 

Before joining the LSE, Riccardo was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (Florence). He was also a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and at the University of California, Los Angeles. Past research and academic awards include the Royal Geographical Society Best Master Dissertation Prize, the Italian Regional Science Association Prize G.Leonardi for the best PhD Dissertation and the joint Italian National Accademia dei Lincei & British Academy for the Humanities and the Social Sciences research fellowship.

His research is focused on regional economic development and growth, innovation and EU development policies analysis. He has published in international journals, such as Growth and Change, Regional Studies, The Journal of Economic Geography and The World Economy. His teaching focuses on the economics of local and regional development.

  • Economic growth
  • Innovation and Systems of Innovation
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Regional and local economic development
  • Regional policy of the European Union

Selected recent publications:

  • Crescenzi R., Gagliardi L. & Percoco M. "Social capital and the innovative performance of Italian provinces", Environment and Planning A, 45(4), 908-929, 2013
  • Crescenzi R. and Rodriguéz-Pose A "R&D, Socio-Economic Conditions, and Regional Innovation in the U.S.", Growth and Change, 44(2), 290–323, 2013
  • Crescenzi R., Rodríguez-Pose A. & Storper M. “The territorial dynamics of innovation in China and India”, Journal of Economic Geography, 12,  1055–1085, 2012
  • Crescenzi R. & Rodríguez-Pose A. “An ‘integrated’ framework for the comparative analysis of the territorial innovation dynamics of developed and emerging countries”, Journal of Economic Surveys, 26(3), 517–533, 2012
  • Crescenzi R. & Rodríguez-Pose A. “Infrastructure and regional growth in the European Union”, Papers in Regional Science, 91(3),  487–513, 2012. 'Undermining the Principle of Concentration? European Union regional policy and the socio-economic disadvantage of European regions'. Regional studies, 43 (1), 2009, pp. 111-133.
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LSE academic takes best paper prize for work on EU regional policy

Dr Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE) and Dr Mara Giua (Roma Tre University) won the Competition for the Best Paper presented at the ‘Challenges for the New Cohesion Policy’ Conference (Riga, 4-6 February 2015) organised by the Presidency of the European Union, together with the European Commission DG REGIO and the Regional Studies Association (RSA). The winning paper is entitled 'How does the net impact of the EU regional policy differ across countries?'. Read more.


LSE academic awarded major ERC research grant to study Multinationals, Institutions and Innovation in Europe and beyond

LSE’s Dr Riccardo Crescenzi has been awarded one of the prestigious and highly competitive European Research Council Starting Grants 2014. This major personal research grant (approximately 1.3 million euros) will cover 5 years of cutting-edge research on "Multinationals, Institutions and Innovation in Europe". Read more about the project.




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