1. First is the problem of managing growing spatial economic inequality. Central governments have policies to manage the national economy, but what can help poorer cities and towns?
2. Second is strengthening the link between increased aggregate demand and quality employment. Some of our fastest-growing, most ‘successful’ cities also contain the most precarious and poorest workers. How do ‘good’ jobs get created, and how can labour market inequalities between men and women or across ethnic groups be reduced?
3. Third, how can successful, growing urban areas ensure a strong link between economic growth and individual human welfare? This will include investigating the relational aspects and lived experience of inequality in urban areas, and the relationship between inequalities and social mobility.
4. Finally, to what extent is growing spatial inequality leading to social division? In particular, processes of selective migration are both a cause and a consequence of political divisions between richer and poorer places. We are working to unpick the implications of these processes and how they can be understood.
Professor Neil Lee is a Professor of Economic Geography at LSE. He is also Director of the BSc in Geography with Economics. He joined the Department in 2013, having previously been Head of Socio-Economic Research at The Work Foundation, a think-tank. He holds a PhD in Economic Geography from LSE and was a visiting scholar at TCLab, Columbia University. He has also been Visiting Professor at Science Po Toulouse.
His research considers economic development, innovation, public policy, and inequality. Recent studies have considered the impact of high-technology sectors on low-wage labour markets, access to finance for SMEs in cities across the world, and new forms of innovation policy. Current projects include an investigation into innovation in Kuwait, a comparative study of innovative clusters in East Asia, and research on the geography of populism. He is also working on inclusive growth and inclusive innovation policy. He has worked with public and private sector organisations including NESTA, the World Bank, the OECD, the European Commission, and the UK government.
Dr David Hope
Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London, and Visiting Fellow at III
Dr Tom Kemeny
Senior Lecturer in Economic Development in the School of Business and Management, Queen Mary, University of London and Visiting Fellow at III
Professor David Soskice
School Professor of Political Science and Economics, Department of Government, LSE, and Research Director, III
Professor Gareth Jones
Director of Latin America and Caribbean Centre, Department of Geography and Environment
Professor Catherine Boone
Professor of African Political Economy and Programme Director, African Development, Department of International Development
Dr Pawel Bukowski
Research officer – Labour Markets at Centre for Economic Performance, Department of Government
Professor Wendy Carlin
Professor of Economics at University College London (UCL) and Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)