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Professor Anthony Venables FBA

Spatial economics, International economics, Resource economics
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About this Fellow

Tony Venables CBE is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford where he also directs the Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies and a programme of research on urbanisation in developing economies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Econometric Society. His former positions include Chief Economist at the UK Department for International Development, professor at the London School of Economics, research manager of the trade research group in the World Bank, and advisor to the UK Treasury. He has published extensively in the areas of international trade, spatial economics, and natural resources, including work on trade and imperfect competition, economic integration, multinational firms, and economic geography.



Current post

  • BP Professor of Economics, University of Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Chief Economist, Department for International Development (DFID), 2005 - 2008
  • Eric Roll Professor of Economic Policy, University of Southampton, 1988 - 1992
  • Yu Kuo-Hwa Professor of International Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 1992 - 2007
  • , University of Oxford, 1976 - 1978
  • BP Professor of Economics, University of Oxford, 2007

British Academy Appointments

  • Member of Council, 2013 - 2016


The spatial economy: cities, regions and international trade 1999


Multinationals in the World Economy (with G. Barba Navaretti) 2004


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