It has long been argued that successful agglomera-tion economies drive economic dynamism. Yet they also breed greater territorial inequality, which is at the root of a deep-seated and rising economic and social discontent in the European Union (EU). In this talk Andrés Rodríguez-Pose will look at how this rising discontent is increasingly affecting politi-cal behaviour in the EU, with long-term economic stagnating and/or declining regions – the so-called "places that don't matter" – increasingly venting their anger against the system at the ballot box.
Andrés Rodríguez-Pose is a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics and Professor II at the Center for Innovation Research at the UiS Business School. He is a regular advisor to several Directorates of the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, the Cities Alliance, the OECD, the Interna-tional Labour Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Development Bank of Latin America. He was awarded the 2018 ERSA Prize in Regional Science, arguably the highest prize in regional science, and has been a holder of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant and of a presti-gious Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award. In 2019 he received Doctorates Ho-noris Causa from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and Jönköping University.
The talk is co-hosted by the Centre for Innovation Research and the Smart City Research Network at the University of Stavanger.