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LSE academic wins prestigious science prize

Paul Cheshire, Professor Emeritus in Economic Geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has been awarded the 2009 European Investment Bank (EIB) European Regional Science Prize. The prize recognises the outstanding contribution of academics to the advancement in regional science and in related spatial area studies.

Professor Cheshire received the prize for his life-long trajectory in and contribution to urban economics and, in particular, to the areas of the economics of land markets and of European urban and regional development. He joins a very selective list of previous winners, which include former LSE and current Oxford Professor Tony Venables.

The prize, worth €5,000, is awarded on the recommendation of an independent jury of six eminent regional scientists, four from Europe, one from the Americas and one from the rest of the world.

Professor Paul Cheshire is the author/co-author of more than 100 papers and was the 1989 winner of the Donald Robertson Memorial Prize and the Royal Economic Society’s Prize for the best paper in the Economic Journal in 2004. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences and of the Weimer School and is the current President of the European Regional Science Association.

Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, head of Environment and Geography department at LSE, said: ‘Many congratulations to Paul on being awarded the highest accolade for any regional scientist. This most prestigious of prizes honours Paul’s life-long innovative contribution to our understanding of the economics of cities.’

The prize will be awarded in late August at a ceremony at the European Regional Science Association’s Congress in Lodz, Poland. With some 1,000 academics attending, the European meeting is the largest gathering of regional scientists in the world.

28 July 2009