Andrés Rodríguez-Pose is a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, where he was Head of the Department of Geography and Environment between 2006 and 2009. He is the current President of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). He has served as Vice-President of the RSAI in 2014 and has also been Vice-President (2012-2013) and Secretary (2001-2005) of the European Regional Science Association.
He has a long track record of research in regional growth and inequality, fiscal and political decentralization, institutions, regional innovation, and development policies and strategies. His research is widely cited in academic circles and has also been frequently used by policy- and decision-makers. In his areas of expertise, he has regularly acted as consultant to several Directorates of the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank, the Cities Alliance, the OECD, the International Labour Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Development Bank of Latin America, among others. He directed a major World Bank/Cities Alliance report entitled Understanding your Local Economy and frequently acts as advisor to governments. He has also been visiting professor at a number of universities, including the College of Europe (Belgium), Cambridge (UK), Stavanger (Norway), and Hanover (Germany). He has been a holder of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant and is the only social scientist to have been awarded the Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award. Other past academic awards include a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, a Philip Leverhulme Prize, and a Royal Geographical Society Gill Memorial Award. The latter two were awarded for his contribution to our understanding of regional disparities and development.