Tanner Regan

PhD candidate in Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
Urban economics, Spatial economics, Development economics

About me

Tanner holds a MA in Economics from the University of Toronto, where he worked on the evolution of land use in the United States. Prior to that he received a BSc with honours in Environmental Science and Economics from the same institution.

Before starting his PhD, Tanner worked as a research assistant at the Urban and Spatial Programme at LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance. Here he studied the role of slums in shaping the built environment of African cities as part of the Urbanisation in Developing Countries Programme funded by the World Bank.

Currently at the LSE, Tanner researches the development of cities in low income countries and East African cities in particular. One strand of focus is on the interaction of land tenure with urban development and construction. Another is on strengthening the fiscal contract to raise revenues for, and delivery of, public urban services.

Teaching record:


GY210 The Economics of Cities, 2019 LT
GY209 The Economic Geography of Trade, Production and Development, 2018 MT
GY201 Urban and Spatial Economic Analysis I, 2017/2018


Bird J., Piero Montebruno, and Tanner Regan (2017), ‘Life in a slum: understanding living conditions in Nairobi’s slums across time and space’, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 33, Issue 3, pp. 496-520.
Henderson J.V., Anthony Venables, Tanner Regan, and Ilia Samsonov (2016), ‘Building functional cities’, Science, Vol. 352, Issue 6288, pp. 946-947.

Working papers:

Henderson J.V, Tanner Regan, and Anthony J. Venables (2018), ‘Building the City: Urban Transition and Institutional Frictions’, SERC Discussion Paper 196.
Michaels G., Dzhamilya Nigmatulina, Ferdinand Rauch, Tanner Regan, Neeraj Baruah, and Amanda Dahlstrand-Rudin (2017) ‘Planning ahead for better neighborhoods: long run evidence from Tanzania’ SERC Discussion Paper 222.

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Academic Supervisors

Vernon Henderson
Henry Overman

Expertise Details

African cities