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Geography of discontent: euroscepticism in regions of stagnant growth | LSE Festival

Hosted by LSE Festival: Power and Politics

In-person and online public event (Wolfson Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building)


James Blagden

James Blagden

Dr Özge Öner

Dr Özge Öner

Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Professor Andrés Rodríguez-Pose


Professor Susana Mourato

Professor Susana Mourato

Recent EU research highlights a clear connection between stagnant growth within some European regions and their support for Eurosceptic parties, also suggesting that the longer the period of stagnation, the stronger the opposition to European integration. 

Join this panel event to explore issues in economic geography, development traps within the EU, and political discontent, and consider what these findings mean for the global challenges of populism, inequality, and political instability. 

Meet our speakers and chair

James Blagden (@jim_blagden) is Associate Director for Research and Insights at More in Common, a non-partisan organisation that aims to understand and address the forces driving people apart and find common ground. Before joining More in Common, he was Head of Politics & Polling at the thinktank Onward, where he worked on changing values and voting patterns of the electorate - and identified ‘Workington Man’ as the key swing voter ahead of the 2019 election.

Özge Öner (@Ozge_Oner) is an associate professor in spatial economics and real estate at the Department of Land Economy and a fellow in economics and land economy at Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge. She earned her PhD in Economics with a focus on Urban and Regional Economics in Jönköping, Sweden in 2014. She completed part of her PhD studies at the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL), University of Illinois. 

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (@rodriguez_pose) is the Princesa de Asturias Chair and a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the Director of the Cañada Blanch Centre and was Head of the Department of Geography and Environment. He chairs the High-Level Group on the future of Cohesion policy. This group is tasked with proposing the new Cohesion Policy for the European Union (EU) post 2027. 

Susana Mourato (@smmour) is Professor of Environmental Economics in the Department of Geography and Environment and Pro-Director for Research at LSE.

More about this event

This event is part of the LSE Festival: Power and Politics running from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 June 2024, with a series of events exploring how power and politics shape our world. Booking for all Festival events will open on Monday 13 May.  

The European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. 

The Cañada-Blanch Centre at LSE is the vehicle to achieve the objective of the Fundación Cañada Blanch: developing and reinforcing the links between the United Kingdom and Spain. This is done by means of fostering cutting-edge knowledge generation and joint research projects between researchers in the United Kingdom, and at LSE in particular, on the one hand, and Spain, on the other.

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