Economic Geography and Spatial Economics

Seminar Series

The Economic Geography and Spatial Economics seminar series brings together scholars that work at the intersection between spatial and urban economics and the more institutionally-oriented fields of economic geography.

Irrespective of the specific methodological approach, research presented in the series is anchored in a shared culture and core research values, which place strong emphasis on theoretically-informed, policy-relevant and evidence-based research.

Some of the seminars are co-hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment and the Centre for Economic Performance.

The series is organised by Dr Felipe Carozzi, Prof Riccardo Crescenzi, Dr Davide Rigo and Prof Olmo Silva. Please contact the organisers with any questions.

These research seminars are a series of expert-led discussions. Unless otherwise noted, they take place on Thursdays, 12.30pm-2pm in CKK.3.15.

If you wish to attend any of the seminars, please email

Spring Term 2024

Thursday 2 May
Max Nathan (UCL)
'Multipliers from a major public sector relocation: the BBC moves to Salford'

Thursday 9 May
Carolin Hulke (LSE)
'Adjust, Build, Collaborate: Elastic Governance and Social Upgrading in the Namibian Horticulture Regional Value Chain'

Thursday 16 May
Elena Renzullo (LSE)
'The Battle of the Sexes for Mayoral Re-election: Gender Differences in Early Childcare Provision'

Thursday 23 May
Hans Koster (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
'Endogenous land use regulation and welfare: Evidence from England'

We study the effects of endogenous land use regulation on welfare and sorting across space. Utilizing data from England and employing the right-to-buy policy as an exogenous shifter in homeownership, we first establish that the number of refused planning applications increases with homeownership, supporting the homevoter hypothesis.

Next, we set up dynamic spatial equilibrium effects where greater regulatory restrictiveness leads to reduced construction but higher amenity levels. Our counterfactuals show that greater regulatory restrictiveness is associated with a decrease in welfare and an increase in spatial sorting.Moreover, the endogenous nature of regulations appears to exacerbate these negative welfare effects because of stricter regulations in places with the highest demand.

Winter Term 2024

Thursday 8 February
Ana Varela Varela (LSE)
'Distributional Impacts of Carbon Capture in the U.S. Power Sector'

Thursday 15 February
Jesse Matheson (University of Sheffield)
'Do Remote Workers Deter Neighborhood Crime? Evidence from the Rise of Working from Home'

Autumn Term 2023

Thursday 28 September
Philip McCann (University of Manchester)
'Capital Shocks in US and UK Cities and Regions'

Thursday 5 October 
Daniel Arribas-Bel (University of Liverpool)
'Decoding urban form and function in Great Britain'

Thursday 12 October
Enrico Vanino (University of Sheffield)
'Renewable Energy Transition and the Local Economic Development of Lagging-behind Regions: Evidence from Offshore Wind Energy in the UK'

Thursday 19 October
Maria Savona (University of Sussex)
'Nearshoring in Europe: Implications for Employment'

Thursday 16 November
Roberta Rabellotti (University of Pavia)
'Taking advantage of Global Value Chains to spread green energy technologies across countries'