Areas of interest

  • Economic geography
  • Innovation


Main Bio

Tom Kemeny (Ph.D. UCLA) joined the Munk School at the University of Toronto as an Associate Professor in 2022. His prize-winning research is focused on cities, technology, and the deep determinants of economic performance. Current projects include work tracing the historical links between disruptive innovation and income inequality; a study of the effects of immigrant diversity on productivity in contemporary Britain; and an investigation of the changing geography of wealth in the United States. Dr. Kemeny won the 2019 Understanding Society Paper Prize for a study linking migration and the Brexit vote. For his work on the effects of knowledge-sharing in local social networks, he was awarded the 2016 Urban Land Institute Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Economic Geography. In 2015, together with Michael Storper, Taner Osman, and Naji Makarem, he published The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles (Stanford University Press).

Dr. Kemeny 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. Before joining U of T, he held academic appointments at Queen Mary, University of London; the University of Southampton; the London School of Economics; and UNC-Chapel Hill.

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