Thomas Kemeny


Thomas Kemeny

Reader in Economic Development @ Queen Mary University, London

Tom Kemeny is an Associate Professor (Reader) in Economic Development at Queen Mary, University of London, and a Visiting Fellow at LSE’s International Inequalities Institute. He has held academic appointments at the University of Southampton, LSE, UNC Chapel Hill, and UCLA, where he received his PhD.

Tom’s research is focused on cities and the deep determinants of unequal economic development. His recent work considers the connections between innovation and inequality in the United States over the long run. Other topics of interest include: how working in immigrant-diverse contexts affects productivity; the links between high-tech employment and local service workers’ employment prospects and incomes; and whether local social networks improve firm performance. With Neil Lee and Katy Morris, he won the Understanding Society Paper Prize for a study of Brexit and internal migration. For his work on local social networks, he was awarded the 2016 Urban Land Institute Prize, awarded for the best paper published in the Journal of Economic Geography. In 2015, his book The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles, co-authored with Michael Storper, Taner Osman and Naji Makarem, was published by Stanford University Press.  For more information, visit Tom’s website:


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