Eilert Sundt Lecture 2019: The revenge of the places that don't matter

How does the rising discontent affect political behaviour in the EU?  And how do people from the so-called "places that don't matter" -  vent their anger against the system at the ballot box?   

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Don't matter: Brexit, the election of Trump and populist movements in Europe are all examples of protests from people from "places that don't matter". (Photo: NTB/ Scanpix)

This year's Eilert Sundt Lecturer is Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, who is a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics.

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose will concentrate his lecture around  a phenomena he calls: "The revenge of the places that don't matter".

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

It has long been argued that successful agglomeration economies drive economic dynamism.

Yet they also breed greater territorial inequality, which is at the root of a deep-seated and rising economic and social discontent in the European Union (EU).

In his lecture Rodríguez-Pose will look at how this rising discontent is increasingly affecting political behaviour in the EU, with long-term economic stagnating and/or declining regions - the so-called "places that don't matter" - increasingly venting their anger against the system at the ballot box.

  • Nils Henrik M. von der Fehr, Dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences will introduce Andrés Rodríguez-Pose. 
  • Kristian Stokke, Professor at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography is responsible for this year's Eilert Sundt Lecture. 


Published Nov. 5, 2019 5:56 PM - Last modified Nov. 15, 2019 3:30 PM