Anthony Venables


Personal profile


Anthony J. Venables CBE, FBA.

Tony Venables is professor of economics and research director of The Productivity Institute, University of Manchester, and senior research fellow at the University of Oxford.  He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, the Regional Science Association and the British Academy.  Former positions include BP professor of economics at Oxford University and director of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, chief economist at the UK Department for International Development, professor at the London School of Economics, and research manager of the trade group in the World Bank.  He has published extensively in the areas of international trade and spatial economics, including work on trade and imperfect competition, economic integration, multinational firms, economic geography, urban economics and natural resources.  Publications include The spatial economy; cities, regions and international trade, with M. Fujita and P. Krugman (MIT press, 1999), and Multinationals in the World Economy with G. Barba Navaretti (Princeton 2004).

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, Dept of Economics, University of Oxford

Research Professor (part-time), Monash University

Areas of expertise

  • HB Economic Theory
  • HE Transportation and Communications
  • G Geography (General)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • The Productivity Institute