Technological Change, Cities and Spatial Inequality

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute

Online public event


Professor Simona Iammarino

Professor Simona Iammarino

Dr Tom Kemeny

Dr Tom Kemeny

Dr Megha Mukim

Dr Megha Mukim


Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch

Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch

Technological change is reshaping economic geography, raising profound challenges for economic development. The tech sector is concentrated in a small number of superstar cities, while the economies of less successful cities have found themselves languishing in middle-income traps. This raises significant challenges for policy – how to spread the benefits of the high-tech economy, without diluting its benefits? How can we ensure low-wage workers benefit from the innovation economy?

Meet our speakers and chair

Simona Iammarino (@IammarinoSimona) is a Professor of Economic Geography at LSE and an editor of the Journal of Economic Geography.

Tom Kemeny (@_tomkemeny) is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE III and an Associate Professor in Economic Development in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary, University of London. 

Megha Mukim (@meghamukim) is a senior economist and team lead for Competitive Cities at the World Bank, and author of the flagship report Competitive Cities for Jobs and Growth.

Kirsten Sehnbruch (@KirstenSehn) is a British Academy Global Professor and a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at LSE. 

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The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities) at LSE brings together experts from many LSE departments and centres to lead cutting-edge research focused on understanding why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.

This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series imagining what the world could look like after the crisis, and how we get there.

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