Professor Andrés  Rodríguez-Pose

Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Princesa de Asturias Chair and Professor of Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
European Union economic growth and regional policy

About me

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose is the Princesa de Asturias Chair and a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics. He is the Director of the Cañada Blanch Centre LSE and was Head of the Department of Geography and Environment. He chairs the High-Level Group on the future of Cohesion policy. This group is tasked with proposing the new Cohesion Policy for the European Union (EU) post 2027.

He has been President of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) and served as its Vice-President. He was also Vice-President and Secretary of the European Regional Science Association.

He has a long track record of research in regional growth and inequality, fiscal and political decentralization, institutions, discontent and populism, innovation, migration, and development policies and strategies. This research has been frequently used by policy- and decision-makers, acting regularly as advisor to international organizations and governments.

His research is widely cited in academic circles, making him one of the world's most influential scholars. In the 2023 Stanford/Elsevier list of the 2% most cited scientists (which identifies close to 200,000 researchers across all areas of science), he was among the top 1,000 researchers in the world across all academic disciplines. He was ranked first worldwide in the field of urban and regional planning by scholarly citations both in in 2023 and 2021. He also appears on Clarivate's Web of Science 2020, 2001, 2022, and 2023 lists of Highly Cited Researchers.

Among his honours is the 2018 ERSA Prize in Regional Science, considered to be the highest award in the field. He has been a holder of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant and of a prestigious Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award. Other past academic prizes include a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, a Philip Leverhulme Prize, and the Royal Geographical Society Gill Memorial Award.

He holds Honorary Doctorates from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and Jönköping University (Sweden).

He is an editor of Economic Geography, and sits on the editorial board of 45 other scholarly journals, including many of the leading international journals in economic geography, human geography, regional science, and management. Between 1999 and 2016 he was editor of Environment and Planning C, acting as joint chief editor from 2008 onwards. He was also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Geographical Systems between 2019 and 2021.

Expertise Details

Regional growth and inequality; Fiscal and political decentralization; Institutions; Discontent and populism; Innovation; Migration; Development policies and strategies

Countries and regions

Europe; North America; Latin America; China; Africa

Selected publications

Rodríguez-Pose, A., Terrero-Dávila, J., and Lee, N. (2023). Left-behind vs. unequal places: interpersonal inequality, economic decline, and the rise of populism in the US and Europe. Journal of Economic Geography, 23, 5, 951–977. DOI: 

Florida, R., Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Storper, M. (2023) Cities in a post-COVID world. Urban Studies, 60, 8, 1509-1531: DOI:

Burlina, C. and Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2023). Alone and lonely. The economic cost of solitude for regions in Europe. Environment and Planning A, in press.DOI:

Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Vidal-Bover, M. (2022). Unfunded mandates and the economic impact of decentralisation. When finance does not follow function. Political Studies, in press.DOI:

Diemer, A., Iammarino, S., Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Storper, M. (2022). The regional development trap in Europe. Economic Geography 98, 5, 487-509. DOI:

Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Ganau, R. (2022) Institutions and the productivity challenge for European regions. Journal of Economic Geography, 22, 1, 1-25. DOI:

Rodríguez-Pose, A., Lee, N. and Lipp, C. (2021) Golfing with Trump. Social capital, decline, inequality, and the rise of populism in the US. Cambridge Journal of Regions Economy and Society 14, 3, 457–481: DOI:

RodríguezPose, A. (2020) Institutions and the fortunes of territories. Regional Science Policy & Practice12, 3, 371-386. DOI:

Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Ketterer, T. (2020) Institutional change and the development of lagging regions in Europe. Regional Studies 54, 7, 974-986. DOI:

Dijkstra, L., Poelman, H. and Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2020) The geography of EU discontent. Regional Studies 54, 6, 737-753. DOI:

Iammarino, S., Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Storper, M. (2019) Regional inequality in Europe: evidence, theory and policy implications. Journal of Economic Geography 19, 2, 273-298. DOI:

Rodríguez-Pose, A. (2018) The revenge of the places that don’t matter (and what to do about it). Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 11, 1, 189-209. DOI: