Simona Iammarino

Professor of Economic Geography; Head of Department

Department of Geography and Environment


Room: STC 4.10, St Clement's Building, LSE 

Simona is Head of Department and Professor of Economic Geography at the LSE Department of Geography & Environment. She joined the LSE in 2009 a Reader. She was previously Reader at the Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex (UK). She completed her PhD in International Economics in 1994, at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Previous positions include: lecturer at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”; researcher at the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT); Marie Curie Research Fellow and visiting lecturer at the University of Reading; post-doc fellow at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge; post-doc fellow at the Italian National Research Council.

She has published extensively in major refereed journals. She was one of the Editors of Regional Studies (2008-2013) and is currently in the Editorial Board of Environment and Planning C. Her book on Multinational Corporations and European Regional Systems of Innovation (Routledge, 2003), co-authored by John Cantwell, is highly cited in the academic literature, and has attracted the interest of government agencies in the UK and elsewhere. Her work with Philip McCann on structure and evolution of industrial clusters has greatly contributed to the theory of the geography of innovation and it has been widely cited.

This line of work is further developed in Simona’s new book, also co-authored with Philip McCann - Multinationals and Economic Geography: Location, Technology, and Innovation (Edward Elgar, 2013). Throughout her career, she has participated in research and consultancy projects and expert groups for various Italian and UK government and regional agencies, the European Commission and the OECD, among others. Simona has a long-term experience in externally funded international research projects. Her current research projects Current projects include the EU FP7 on Sharing KnowledgE Assets: InteRregionally Cohesive NeigHborhoods (SEARCH) and Policy Incentives for the Creation of Knowledge: Methods and Evidence (PICK-ME).

  • Multinational corporations, location and innovation strategies, and local economic development
  • Geography of innovation and technological change
  • Regional systems of innovation
  • Regional and local economic development and policy

Selected recent publications:

  • Iammarino S. and McCann P. (2015), “MNE innovation networks and the role of cities” in D. Archibugi and A. Filippetti (Eds), The Handbook of Global Science, Technology and Innovation, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford
  • D’Este P., Guy F., and Iammarino S. (2012), “Shaping the formation of university-industry research collaborations: what type of proximity does really matter?”, Journal of Economic Geography, May 2012, doi:10.1093/jeg/lbs010
  • D’Este P., Iammarino S., Savona M. and von Tunzelmann N. (2012), “What hampers innovation? Revealed versus deterring barriers”, Research Policy, 41, pp. 482– 488
  • Iammarino S., Marinelli E. (2011), “Is the grass greener on the other side of the fence? Graduate regional mobility and job satisfaction in Italy”, Environment and Planning A, 43, pp. 2761-2777
  • Boschma R., Iammarino S. (2009), “Related variety, trade linkages and regional growth in Italy”, Economic Geography, 85:3
Disaster Policy Making

LSE academics work with OECD on policy making after disasters

Professor Simona Iammarino and Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose have produced research central to a new report by the OECD. The study, ‘Policy Making after Disasters: Helping Regions Become Resilient’ has already assisted the Government of Italy in their strategic planning following the 2009 Abruzzo earthquake. The recommendations of the report can guide regions in all countries to more resilient growth, help them monitor good practices and improve the well-being of local communities after natural disasters.