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Research Programmes:

Urban and Spatial Programme

Programme Overview

The work of the Urban and Spatial Programme seeks to understand why some regions, cities and communities prosper, whilst other do not. We explore disparities, their effects and potential remedies at all spatial levels including regional, city-region, local and neighbourhood. We also aim to influence and improve policy decision-making at the international, national and local levels, connecting policy makers with international expertise, research and good practice in diagnosing and tackling such differences.Part of our research focusses on the UK and other developed economies. We also examine the patterns, causes, consequences, and policy implications of the spatial development of cities in developing countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa.

The work of the Urban and Spatial Programme is divided into the following themes:
  1. Evolution of Urban Systems
    Contact Henry Overman

  2. Internal Structure of Cities and Production
    Contact Olmo Silva

  3. Housing and Public Policy
    Contact Christian Hilber

  4. Amenities, Consumption and Externalities in Cities
    Contact Steve Gibbons

  5. Urbanisation in Developing Countries
    Directors Vernon Henderson, Tony Venables, Paul Collier