J. Vernon Henderson joined the London School of Economics in September 2013 as School Professor of Economic Geography, having previously been Eastman Professor of Political Economy at Brown University, USA. His research focuses on urbanization in developing countries, looking both within and across cities and regions. He is the co-PI of a major research project on urbanization policy in Africa, as well as globally, situated at LSE and Oxford. His current research looks at topics such as expressway development and city growth in China, the dynamics of investment in the built environment in cities, how colonial legacy affects sprawl and the spatial layout of cities, and the impact of democratization in Africa on city growth and health and education outcomes across the urban political hierarchy.
His work is published in journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Science and Journal of Development Economics. He is co-editor of the Journal of Urban Economics and the Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, and serves on a number of editorial boards. He is a founder and past President of the Urban Economics Association. Over the years, he has worked with governments in Asia and Africa directly or indirectly through institutions such as the World Bank or the McKinsey Global Institute on formulating urban policies.
- The roles of nature and history in world development
Paper No' CEPCP501:
This article summarises ‘The Global Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity: Nature, History and the Role of Trade’ by Vernon Henderson, Tim Squires, Adam Storeygard and David Weil, SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper No. 198, May 2016.
- In brief: Investing in roads
Paper No' CEPCP483:
This article summarises ‘Highways, Market Access and Urban Growth in China’ by Nathaniel Baum-Snow, Loren Brandt, Vernon Henderson, Matthew Turner and Qinghua Zhang, SERC/Urban Programme Discussion Paper No. 200, June 2016.