Emeritus Professor of Human Geography
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Ian joined the Department as Professor of Human Geography in September 2000. Prior to this he spent eleven years as Professor of Geography at Reading University, before which he taught in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Kent, where he directed the Urban and Regional Studies Unit. His main research interests have been in urban development, spatial labour markets, migration and spatial interaction, and urban policy/governance, particularly in the context of major metropolitan regions. He led the team carrying out the London ‘integrative city study’ for ESRC’s Cities, Competitiveness and Cohesion programme in 1998-2002. In April 2004 he was the academic convenor for the Leverhulme International Symposium at the LSE on The Resurgent City. He has been a member of the Mayor’s Outer London Commission since 2008.
His publications include The London Employment Problem (with Buck and Young, Oxford U.P., 1986), Unemployment, Regions and Labour Markets (edited, Pion, 1987), European Factor Mobility (jointly edited, Macmillan, 1989) Divided Cities: New York and London in the contemporary world (edited with Fainstein and Harloe, Blackwell, 1992) Territorial Competition in an Integrated Europe (edited with Cheshire, Avebury, 1995), Working Capital: life and labour in contemporary London (with Buck, Hall, Harloe and Kleinman, Routledge, 2002), and Changing Cities: Rethinking urban competitiveness, cohesion and governance (edited with Buck, Harding and Turok, December 2004).
- Neighbourhood effects on social outcomes
- Analysis and modelling of open spatial labour markets
- Political economy of the ‘global city’ idea
- The practical significance of industrial ‘clusters’
- Tourism places
- Multi-level governance in metropolitan regions
- Urban policy and territorial competition
- Immigration and cities
- How London ‘got away with it’ after the 2007/8 financial crises
- The Uncertain Development of Metropolitan Governance: Comparing England’s First and Second City-Regions, in Roger Keil et al. (eds.) Governing Cities through Regions: Canadian and European Perspectives, Wilfred Laurier University Press
- Quantitative Easing of an International Financial Centre: how central London came so well out of the post-2007 crisis, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 9 (2). pp. 335-353.
- Functional integration, political conflict and muddled metropolitanism in the London region: 1850-2014, in A. Cole and R. Payre (eds.) Cities as Political Objects: historical evolution, analytical categorisations and institutional challenges of metropolitanisation, Edward Elgar, 2016
- Ambition, human capital acquisition and the metropolitan escalator. Regional Studies, 49 (6). pp. 1042-1055.
- Urban escalators and interregional elevators: the difference that location, mobility, and sectoral specialisation make to occupational progression. Environment and Planning A, (with Champion, A. and Coombes, M.). 47 (3), pp. 588-606.
- How far do England’s second-order cities emulate London as human-capital ‘escalators’? Population, Space and Place, (with Champion, A. and Coombes, M.). 20 (5). pp. 421-433.
- Accounting for big-city growth in low-paid occupations: immigration and/or service-class consumption. Economic Geography, (with Kaplanis, I) 90 (1). pp. 67-90.
- Fitting a quart in a pint pot?: Development, displacement and/or densification in the London region. In: Kochan, Ben, (ed.) Migration and London’s Growth. LSE London, London, pp. 41-55.
- Migration and the case for a higher National Minimum Wage in London. In: Kochan, Ben, (ed.) Migration and London’s Growth. LSE London, London, pp. 107-116. ISBN 9781909890114
- Theories of migration: a review – commentary to accompany republished version in Scottish journal of political economy jubilee issue. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 60 (5). pp. 557-559.
- A tale of two cities. RSA Journal, (with Overman, H), 2012, 26-29.
- London: beyond the city state. In: Ward, Michael and Hardy, Sally, (eds) Changing gear: is localism the new regionalism. Smith Institute, London, pp. 46-55
- London capital of boom and bust? Observatoire de la société britannique: la revue (11). pp. 69-88.
- Ups and downs in the global city: London and New York In the 21st century. (with Fainstein, S & Harloe, M), In: Bridge, Gary and Watson, Sophie, (eds.) New Blackwell companion to the city. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, pp. 38-47.
- Whitehead, Christine M E, Edge, Anne, Gordon, Ian, Scanlon, Kathleen and Travers, Tony. The impact of migration on access to housing and the housing market: a project for the Migration Advisory Committee. Migration Advisory Committee reports – analysis of the impacts of migration , UK Border Agency, London, UK.
- Entropy, variety, economics, and spatial interaction. Geographical analysis, 42 (4). pp. 446-471.
- London: planning the ungovernable city. City, culture and society, (with Travers, T) 1 (2). pp. 49-55.
- London’s Place in the UK Economy 2009/10, London: City of London Corporation, 2009 (with Tony Travers and Christine Whitehead)
- Economic Impact on the London and UK Economy of an Earned Regularisation Of Irregular Migrants to the UK, London: GLA Economics, (with Kath Scanlon, Tony travers and Christine Whitehead), 2009.
- London’s Place in the UK Economy 2008/9 , 118pp., London: City of London Corporation, (with Tony Travers and Christine Whitehead), 2009.
- ‘Off-Shoring of Work and London’s Sustainability as an International Financial Centre’, pp. 373-384 in Karlsson, C. et al (eds.) New Directions in Regional Economic Development, Berlin:Springer, (with Colin Haslam, Phil McCann, and Brian Scott-Quinn), 2009.
- ‘Local Authorities and the Downturn: A review of issues, experience and options’, SERC Policy Paper 3, Spatial Economics Research Centre, (with Tony Travers and Christine Whitehead); also published by DCLG REDA Panel, 2008.
- ‘Policy for Mixed Communities’, SERC Policy Paper 2, Spatial Economics Research Centre, (with Paul Cheshire, and Steve Gibbons), 2008.
- ‘Density and the Built Environment’, Energy Policy, 36, 4652-6, 2008.
- ‘Territorial Competition in China and the West’, Regional Studies, 42. pp. 1-18, (with Crison Chien), 2007.
- The Impact of Recent Immigration on the London Economy, London: City of London Corporation (with Tony Travers and Christine Whitehead)
- ‘Education, Location, Education: A spatial analysis of English secondary school exam results’ , Urban Studies, 44, 1203-1228, (with Vassilis Monastiriotis), extended draft available as LSE Research Paper in Spatial and Environmental Analysis, 87, 2007.
- ‘Finding Institutional Leadership for Regional Networks: The case of London and the Greater South East’, in W. Salet (ed.) Synergy in Urban Networks, Hague: Sdu Uitgevers, 2007.
- ‘Labour Market Integration Policies to Enhance Social Cohesion, in Competitive Cities in the Global Economy, Paris: OECD; draft available as LSE Research Paper in Spatial and Environmental Analysis, 109, 2006.
- ‘”London Economy and Employment”, and “Conclusion”: Does bigger mean better?’ B. Kochan (ed.) London: Bigger and Better?, London: LSE London, 2006 (with Tony Travers and Christine Whitehead), 2006.
- ‘How Should We Write about London; the Working Capital view’, City, 10, 185-196, 2006.
- Reflections on Urban Research Programmes in the UK, LSE Research Paper in Spatial and Environmental Analysis, 110, 2006.
- ‘Urban size, spatial segregation and educational outcomes’, Urban Studies, 43, 213-236, (with Vassilis Monastiriotis), 2006.
- ‘Innovation, Agglomeration and Regional Development’, Journal of Economic Geography, 5, 523-543, (with Phil McCann), 2005.
- Off-shoring and the City of London, London: City of London Corporation, 2005, (with Colin Haslam, Phil McCann and Brian Scott-Quinn), London’s Place in the UK Economy, 2004 (with Jan Stockdale, Tony Travers, and Christine Whitehead, London, City of London Corporation
- ‘London: Competitiveness, cohesion and the policy environment’ (with Buck, Hall, Harloe et al) and ‘Does Spatial Concentration of Disadvantage Contribute to Social Exclusion?’, in M. Boddy and M. Parkinson (eds.) City Matters Policy Press, 2004.
- ‘Cities, Competitiveness, Cohesion and Governance – a sketch of “the new conventional wisdom”‘ (with Nick Buck), ‘Integrating Cities’, ‘How Urban Labour Markets Matter’ (with Ivan Turok), and ‘Moving Beyond the Conventional Wisdom’ (with Nick Buck, Alan Harding and Ivan Turok) , in N. Buck, I.R.Gordon, A. Harding, and I. Turok (eds.) Changing Cities: Rethinking urban competitiveness, cohesion and governance. Palgrave, December 2004
- ‘The Resurgent City: What, where, how and for whom?’, Planning Theory and Practice, 5:3, September 2004.
- ‘Capital needs, capital demands and global city rhetoric in Mayor Livingstone’s London Plan ‘, GaWC Research Bulletin 145, University of Loughborough, 2004.
- ‘A disjointed dynamo: the South East and inter-regional relationships‘, New Economy, 11:3, 40-44, 2004.
- ‘Three into One: Joining up the Greater South East’, Town and Country Planning, 72:11, 342-343, 2003.
- ‘Global Cities, Internationalisation and Urban Systems’, in P. McCann (ed.) Industrial Location Economics, Elgar, 2002.
- ‘Unemployment and Spatial Labour Markets: Strong adjustment and persistent concentration’, in R. Martin and P. Morrison (eds.) Geographies of Labour Market Inequality, Routledge, 2002.