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School of Business and Management

Dr Thomas Kemeny

Thomas

Reader in Economic Development

Email: t.kemeny@qmul.ac.uk
Room Number: Francis Bancroft Building: 4.43

Profile

Dr. Tom Kemeny is Reader (Associate Professor) in Economic Development in the School of Business and Management at QMUL. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics’ International Inequalities Institute. He has held academic appointments at the University of Southampton, LSE, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his PhD from UCLA. 

Tom’s prize-winning research is focused on cities and the deep determinants of uneven development. His recent work considers long-run patterns of technological change as a driver of spatial and interpersonal inequality. In seeking to explore what shapes regional prosperity, he explores the roles of specialization, trade, immigration, innovation and social institutions. He was awarded the Understanding Society Paper Prize in 2019 for his study of Brexit and internal migration. His work on local social networks won the 2016 Urban Land Institute Prize, awarded for the best paper published in the Journal of Economic Geography. In 2015, his book, The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles, was published by Stanford University Press.  

Tom serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Regional Studies, and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic Geography. He has advised governments and NGOs on issues of regional and international development, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and the World Bank. 

For more information, visit his website: https://tkemeny.github.io/

Teaching

BUSM028 MNCs & Global Business

BUS005 Quantitative Research Methods

BUS135 Quantitative Analysis for Business

Research

Research Interests:

  • Cities and regional development
  • Inequality
  • Local labour markets
  • International trade 
  • Immigration
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

Publications

Selected recent journal articles

The Fall and Rise of Interregional Inequality: Explaining Shifts from Convergence to Divergence, 2020, Italian Journal of Regional Science. DOI 10.14650/97084 (with Michael Storper).

Creative Differences? Measuring Creative Economy Employment in the US and UK, 2019, Regional Studies. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2019.1625484 (with Max Nathan and Dave O’Brien).

Vulnerable Jobs and the Wage Effects of Import Competition, 2019, Industrial Relations. DOI: 10.1111/irel.12240 (with Abigail Cooke and David Rigby).

The Wider Impacts of High-Technology Employment: Evidence from U.S. Cities, 2018, Research Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2018.06.005 (with Taner Osman).

Immobility and the Brexit Vote, 2018, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. DOI: 10.1093/cjres/rsx027 (with Neil Lee and Katy Morris). **Winner, 2019 Understanding Society Paper Prize

Spillovers from Immigrant Diversity in Cities, 2017, Journal of Economic Geography. DOI: 10.1093/jeg/lbx012 (with Abigail Cooke).

The Economic Geography of Immigrant Diversity: Disparate Impacts and New Directions, 2017, Geography Compass. DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12331 (with Abigail Cooke).

Cities, Immigrant Diversity and Complex Problem Solving, 2017, Research Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2017.05.003 (with Abigail Cooke).

Urban Immigrant Diversity and Inclusive Institutions, 2017, Economic Geography. DOI: 10.1080/00130095.2017.1300056 (with Abigail Cooke).

Plant Exit and U.S. Imports from Low-Wage Countries, 2016, International Economics. DOI: 10.1016/j.inteco.2016.09.001 (with David Rigby and Abigail Cooke).

The Economic Value of Local Social Networks, 2016 Journal of Economic Geography. DOI: 10.1093/jeg/lbv043 (with Maryann Feldman, Frank Ethridge and Ted Zoller). **Winner, 2016 Urban Land Institute Prize, best paper published in the Journal of Economic Geography.

 

Books

Transitions in Regional Economic Development. (2018) Co-edited with Ivan Turok, David Bailey, Jennifer Clark, Jun Du, Ugo Fratesi, Michael Fritsch, John Harrison, Dieter Kogler, Arnoud Lagendijk, Tomas Mickiewicz, Ernest Miguelez, Stefano Usai, and Fiona Wishlade.  Routledge, London.

Storper, M., Kemeny, T., Osman, T., and Makarem, N. (2015) The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Stanford University Press, Palo Alto.

 

Journal articles

Kemeny, T., and Cooke, A. (2017) Spillovers from Immigrant Diversity in Cities. Journal of Economic Geography. DOI: 10.1093/jeg/lbx012.

Cooke, A., and Kemeny, T. (2017) Cities, Immigrant Diversity and Complex Problem Solving. Research Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2017.05.003.

Kemeny, T., and Cooke, A. (2017) Urban Immigrant Diversity and Inclusive Institutions. Economic Geography DOI: 10.1080/00130095.2017.1300056

Rigby, D., Kemeny, T. and Cooke, A. (2016) Plant Exit and U.S. Imports from Low- Wage Countries. International Economics. DOI: 10.1016/j.inteco.2016.09.001

Kemeny, T., Feldman, M., Ethridge, F., and Zoller, T. (2016) The Economic Value of Local Social Networks. Journal of Economic Geography. DOI: 10.1093/jeg/lbv043

Feldman, M, Hadjimichael, T., Lanahan, L., Kemeny, T. (2015) Economic Development: A Definition and Model for Investment. Environment and Planning C. (Authors listed alphabetically by affiliation). DOI: 10.1177/0263774X15614653

Rigby, D., Kemeny, T., Cooke, A. (2015) U.S. Wage Inequality and Low-Wage Import Competition. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie. DOI: 10.1111/tesg.12123

Kemeny, T., Rigby, D., Cooke, A. (2014) Cheap Imports and the Loss of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs. The World Economy. DOI: 10.1111/twec.12238

Kemeny, T. (2014) Immigrant Diversity and Economic Performance in Cities. Inter- national Regional Science Review. DOI: 10.1177/0160017614541695

Kemeny, T., Storper, M. (2014) Is Specialization Good For Regional Economic Development? Regional Studies, DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2014.899691

Kemeny, T. (2012) Cultural Diversity, Institutions and Urban Economic Performance. Environment and Planning A, DOI: 10.1068/a44385

Kemeny, T., Storper, M. (2012) The Sources of Urban Development: Wages, Housing and Amenity Gaps Across American Cities. Journal of Regional Science, DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9787.2011.00754

Kemeny, T., and Rigby, D. (2012) Trading Away What Kind of Jobs? Globalization, Trade and Tasks in the U.S. Economy. Review of World Economics, DOI: 10.1007/s10290-011-0099-5

Kemeny, T. (2011) Are Technology Gaps Growing or Shrinking in the Age of Globalization? Journal of Economic Geography, DOI: 10.1093/jeg/lbp062

Kemeny, T. (2010) Does Foreign Direct Investment Stimulate Technological Upgrading? World Development, DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2010.03.001

 

Chapters in edited volumes

Kemeny, T. (2011) The American South in the Global Economy. In: A Way Forward: Building a Globally Competitive South. Daniel Gitterman & Peter Coclanis, eds. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, p.73-78.

Kemeny, T. (2010) Technological Change, Geography of. In: The Encyclopedia of Geography, B. Warf, ed. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks.

 

Book reviews & editorials

Aoyama, Y., Powell, W.W., Saxenian, A., Scott, A.J., Storper, M., Kemeny, T., Makarem, N.P. and Osman, T. (2017) The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles. The AAG Review of Books, 5(2), p.146-157. DOI: 10.1080/2325548X.2017.1292591

Turok, I., Bailey, D., Clark, J. Du, J., Fratesi, U., Fritsch, M., Harrison, J., Kemeny, T., Kogler, D., Lagendijk, A., Mickiewicz, T., Miguelez, E., Usai, S., Wishlade., F. (2017) Global reversal, regional revival? Regional Studies; DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1255720

Storper, M., Kemeny, T., Osman, T., and Makarem, N. (2016) On Specialization, Divergence and Evolution: A Brief Response to Ron Martin’s Review. Regional Studies; DOi: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1183975.