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Academic Spotlight: Professor Riccardo Crescenzi

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The economic models were always linked to real life cases, which teaches you to use them carefully. I liked the style of teaching, which was highly interactive, kept you interested and gave you the opportunity to engage in debates.

EC235: Economics of European Integration student, 2018





Professor Riccardo Crescenzi is a Professor of Economic Geography at the LSE and has been on the faculty since 2008. His main research interests are in the fields of regional economic development and growth, innovation, multinational firms and the analysis and evaluation of EU development policies.

"My research has offered concrete advice to supra-national organisations (e.g. the European Commission and the OECD), as well as national governments and sub-national regions around the world on how to improve their policies in the fields of innovation, regional development and internationalization." 
Professor Riccardo Crescenzi, Professor of Economic Geography

He has been teaching the Summer School course EC235: Economics of European Integration since 2014 and has received many accolades for his teaching work over the years, including the LSE Major Review Teaching Prize for outstanding teaching performance and the LSE Excellence in Education Award upon his promotion to professor.

"I first joined the LSE Summer School as a student during my undergraduate studies. This is how I fell in love with the LSE and this is what later convinced me to apply for an MSc… and now I am an LSE professor." 
Professor Riccardo Crescenzi, Professor of Economic Geography

Since beginning teaching on the Summer School, he has been working on a European Research Council (ERC)-funded project called “Multinationals, Institutions and Innovation in Europe.” This project looks at what makes global investments tick in regions and cities across the globe and explores how prosperous, innovative, successful regions can co-exist with places that are completely left behind.

"Left behind places are increasingly lending themselves to the forces of populism and a political dis-integration. Understanding how these places can benefit from connectivity is of paramount importance for societies in Europe and beyond."
Professor Riccardo Crescenzi, Professor of Economic Geography

He has been collating his findings in an LSE blog, “Global Investments & Local Development,” so that students may have easy access to his work and keep up with the project’s trajectory. The blog includes a taste of his teaching, with a selection of regularly updated videos made by him and his team. His dedication to explaining contemporary concepts and ensuring the widespread distribution of his research has also been central to his work with university-based research centres extending across the globe, such as: The Centre for International Developement (CID) at Harvard; the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at LSE; and the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) at LSE.

Participation in the activities of Research Centres both at the LSE and at other universities has enormously enriched my research thanks to the constant exchange of views and ideas with other scholars and researchers. Working as an advisor to numerous international organisations and public bodies has also been extremely helpful in keeping my research aligned with the ‘big’ pressing questions that emerge ‘on the ground’.”  
Professor Riccardo Crescenzi, Professor of Economic Geography

Professor Crescenzi has made contemporary relevance central to his academic practice: by ensuring that he shares his work and constantly refreshes critical discourse surrounding his work, he can continue to influence policy, debate and government decision-making. He has sustained the difficult balance between teaching, research and impact: ensuring world-class teaching in keeping with LSE’s ethos; maintaining research excellence to understand the cause of things and using this research to positively impact the academic community and to positively shape societies.

The academic community at LSE is full of students and lecturers who are dedicated to making their research worthwhile on a broader scale. By tapping into the concerns of contemporary sociopolitical debates, lecturers and students alike will have the chance to make a meaningful change in the world.