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School of Business and Management

Dr Thomas Kemeny


Reader in Economic Development

Room Number: Francis Bancroft Building: 4.43


Thomas Kemeny is a Reader in Economic Development. Previously, he held posts at the University of Southampton; The London School of Economics; and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Tom studies the determinants of economic development, with a focus on the urban and regional scale. Current projects examine topics including: the effects of technology and global trade on work; the role of local social networks in stimulating firm performance; and the impact of immigration and diversity on worker productivity. Cutting across such topics, he is interested in policy efforts to stimulate prosperity.

For his work on social networks, Tom was awarded the 2016 Urban Land Institute Prize 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.  In 2013, Tom won the Early Career Award from the Regional Studies Association. His work has received media attention in outlets including Newsweek; the Chicago Tribune; and the Los Angeles Times. Tom is currently an Associate Editor at the journal Regional Studies; and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic Geography.

Beyond his academic research, Tom 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 (EDA) and the World Bank.





BUSM028 MNCs & Global Business

BUS005 Quantitative Research Methods

BUS135 Quantitative Analysis for Business


Research Interests:

  • Cities and regional development
  • Local labour markets
  • The global economy
  • Immigration
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship



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.