GY404      Half Unit
Inclusive Growth

This information is for the 2019/20 session.


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Economic Geography, MSc in Local Economic Development and MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


A good background is required in one of the fields of economic geography, economics, public policy, social policy or regional and urban studies.

Course content

Economic change is reshaping local economies, with important implications for work, incomes and poverty. Trade and new technologies are polarising labour markets and creating new types of employment in both the developed and developing world. Despite global falls in poverty, living standards in many disadvantaged regions have been stagnant. And while some cities and regions have managed to create skilled jobs, others have struggled to do so. How can policymakers manage this change and create good jobs in disadvantaged cities and regions? How can local policymakers reduce poverty and disadvantage? Is Inclusive Growth feasible?  

This course focuses on the relationship between local economic development, labour markets, poverty and living standards. Each week we cover academic theory and evidence and then relate this to a current policy challenge. Topics include the geography of poverty, spatial labour markets, labour market change, the challenge of high- and low-skills equilibriums, and the geography of social mobility. The second half of the term focuses on the critical analysis of policy agendas. Topics include the impact of high-tech strategies on low-wage workers, spatial targeting of anti-poverty efforts, microfinance and entrepreneurship, and Inclusive Growth.


30 hours of seminars in the LT.

3 hours per week with a reading week in Week 6 of LT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to make presentations and participate actively in seminars.

Indicative reading

Lee, N. 2018. Inclusive Growth in Cities: A Sympathetic Critique, Regional Studies, 53(9), 424-434. OECD. 2014. All on board: Making inclusive growth happen. Paris: OECD; E Moretti, 2013, The New Geography of Jobs.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

Student performance results

(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 18
Merit 76.7
Pass 5.3
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2018/19: 56

Average class size 2018/19: 56

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills