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April 5 – Michael Storper

Distinguished Professor of Regional and International Development and Director, Global Public Affairs @ UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

“The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles”

webface-3Seminar Description:  In his lecture, Mr. Storper will discuss his new book, “The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles.”  This book challenges many conventional notions about economic development. The authors argue that it is essential to understand the interactions of three major components—economic specialization, human capital formation, and institutional factors—to determine how well a regional economy will cope with new opportunities and challenges. They argue that the economic development of metropolitan regions hinges on previously underexplored capacities for organizational change in firms, networks of people, and networks of leaders. By studying San Francisco and Los Angeles in unprecedented levels of depth, this book extracts lessons for the field of economic development studies and urban regions around the world.

Speaker Biography:  Michael Storper (PhD, Economic Geography, University of California, Berkeley) is an economic geographer who has spent his career at UCLA, London School of Economics, and Sciences Po/Paris.  At UCLA he Distinguished Professor of Regional and International Development, and he also serves as the Director of Global Public Affairs at the Luskin School of Public Affairs.  He was formerly Academic Director of the Master of Public Affairs, as well as researcher at the Center for Organizational Sociology at Sciences Po in Paris. He holds an appointment as Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics in every fall term.   Storper is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed academic articles and 12 books, including the widely-cited The Regional World: Territory, Technology and Economic Development(Guilford), Worlds of Production (Harvard), and Keys to the City (Princeton University Press, 2013). A number of his articles are among the most highly-cited in the journals in which they have been published and his articles have been published in journals in geography, sociology, urban studies, economics, and development studies.  He received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Utrecht In 2008, and a Prime d’Excellence Scientifique in 2010.  He sits on the editorial board of numerous scientific journals, including the Journal of Regional Science, Industrial and Corporate Change, The Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Economic Geography.  A recent article published in Papers in Regional Science called him “one of the two most influential economic geographers in the world today,” and for a ten-year period he was the most cited faculty member of all departments of planning and urbanism in the United States.  Thompson-Reuters named him “one of the world’s most influential scientific minds” in 2013.  Storper has recently published papers on European urban and regional policy, on the geography of innovation in the USA and Europe compared, as well as on comparisons of China and India’s innovation geography, as well as on debates in urban theory.  He has recently published on new approaches to the geography of inclusive economic development.  His most recent book (2015) is entitled The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from Los Angeles and San Francisco (Stanford University Press), which has attracted widespread attention in the press, in leadership circles and in the academic environment.   Storper is a frequent contributor to regional and urban policymaking for the European Union, the French government, and other international agencies.  He holds dual French-American citizenship and is a fluent speaker of English, French and Portuguese.

Discussant: Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Full-length Recordings: Recordings will be available on YouTube and iTunesU one or two weeks after the seminar.

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