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Riccardo Crescenzi is a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics and is the current holder of a European Research Council (ERC) Grant. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) at the LSE. He has been a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) and a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Taubman Centre, Harvard University and at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He has provided academic advice to, amongst others, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Parliament, the European Commission (DG Regional Policy), the Inter-American Investment Bank (IADB) and various national and regional governments.

's current areas of research are:

  • My research is at the intersection between regional economics, economic geography, innovation studies, and public policy, extensively contributing to the cross-fertilisation of these (often disconnected) disciplines. My work is focused on four key themes: the geographical determinants of innovation; the link between innovation and regional economic performance; the formation, structure, and impact of local and regional development policies; and the analysis of both the location decisions and the local impacts of Multinational Firms at the regional and urban level. I have done work at both the regional/urban and firm/individual levels, exploring the interaction between regional and micro-level heterogeneity.
  • Innovation, regional economic development and policy evaluation - My research looks at the territorial factors that shape the generation of innovation and its translation into regional and urban economic dynamism in developed and emerging countries. This line of research aims to single out the territorial drivers of innovation in a variety of developmental contexts. Existing and on-going research has covered Europe, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Russia and new work is now looking at Africa as well. I have also looked at the impact and structure of regional and local economic development policies with special reference to European Union (EU) policies.
  • Multinationals, Innovation and Regional Development - Policy makers in virtually all countries have adopted a variety of measures and incentives to attract MNEs and their subsidiaries. At the same time they support the internationalisation of domestic firms. My research is investigating the location strategies of MNEs and their territorial impacts, providing policy-makers at all levels with new tools to promote innovation, employment, and economic recovery in advanced and emerging economies.