Professor Michael  Storper

Professor Michael Storper

Professor of Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

020 7955 6550
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CKK 4.01
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English, French
Key Expertise
Economic geography

About me

Michael joined the Department in October 2000 as LSE Centennial Professor of Economic Geography. He is also affiliated with the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations at Sciences-Po in Paris, and the Department of Urban Planning in the School of Public Affairs at UCLA.

Professor Storper is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and has received the Regional Studies Association's Sir Peter Hall Prize for overall contribution to the field.

He is an internationally recognised scholar and author, particularly well known for his books which include The Capitalist Imperative: Territory, Technology and Industrial Growth (with R. Walker; Blackwell, 1989), Pathways to Industrialization and Regional Development (with A. Scott; Routledge, 1992), Worlds of Production: The Action Frameworks of the Economy (with Robert Salais, Harvard Univ. Press, 1997), The Regional World: Territorial Development in a Global Economy (Guildford Press, 1997), and Latecomers in the Global Economy (editor with L. Tsipouri and S. Thmodakis; Routledge, 1998).

His latest books are The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies (Stanford University Press, 2015), and Keys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction,and Politics Shape Development (Princeton University Press, 2013).

In 2016 Michael received the Founder’s Medal for scholarship and leadership in human and economic geography from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

In 2017 he was awarded the Distinguished Scholarship Honors by the American Association of Geographers for his outstanding record of scholarly achievement and innovative contributions to the fields of global economic development and the geography of urban and regional systems. 

Expertise Details

Cities and regions; Economic development; Economic geography; Globalisation; Technological change

Research areas

Globalisation and local and regional economic development processes

The effects of liberalised trade and technology flows on global location patterns

The role of local economic policies in influencing the effects of globalisation in local and regional economies

The overall geography of the global economy: changes and continuities in location and specialisation patterns

Face-to-face contact as a source of urbanisation economies

The effects of new communications technologies on face-to-face contact and delocalisation

Comparative regional development processes

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My research