Carolin Ioramashvili

Carolin Ioramashvili

Business School
Research Fellow, City-REDI

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
Edgbaston Park Road
B15 2TY

Carolin is an economic geographer interested in regional income inequality and labour markets. At City-REDI, she focuses on the regional innovation ecosystems research theme at the West Midlands Regional Economic Development Institute. Currently, her work explores the value and regional impact of “STEM assets”, for example, research labs, for innovation, economic growth and skills development.

With colleagues at the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, she works on an evaluation of enterprise zones. Other research projects she recently worked on studied the geography of the market for tech start ups in the US, and global innovation hotspots and networks. 


  • PhD in Economic Geography, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2021 (expected)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE), 2021
  • MSc in Economic History (Research), London School of Economics and Political Science, 2015
  • BSc in International Economics, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, 2014


Before joining City-REDI, Carolin completed a PhD in economic geography at the LSE. For her PhD project, which was funded by an ESRC scholarship, she used administrative and survey data from the Office for National Statistics to trace the widening regional income inequality in the UK. In spring 2020, Carolin spent three months at the Luskin School of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles as a visiting doctoral researcher, also funded by the ESRC.

During her PhD, she co-authored a report on the geography of innovation with Riccardo Crescenzi, Simona Iammarino, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, and Michael Storper that was commissioned by the World Intellectual Property Organization. She taught extensively on undergraduate courses in the department of economic geography at the LSE and achieved the postgraduate certificate in higher education to become Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to pursuing her PhD, Carolin worked as a policy analyst at Belmana Ltd. Her work focused on policy evaluations, specialising in business support. She holds a BSc in International Economics from Maastricht University and an MSc in Economic History (Research) from the LSE.


Research interests

Regional development, innovation, income inequality

Current projects

  • WM-REDI: regional innovation ecosystems and the role of STEM assets
  • Evaluation of Enterprise Zones


Feldman, M. P., Guy, F., Iammarino, S., & Ioramashvili, C. (2021). Gathering round Big Tech: how the market for acquisitions reinforces regional inequalities in the US. Available at SSRN 3845674.

Crescenzi, R., Iammarino, S., Ioramashvili, C., Rodríguez-Pose, A., & Storper, M. (2020). The geography of innovation and development: global spread and local hotspots (Geography and Environment Discussion Paper No. 4). London, UK: Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Crescenzi, R., Iammarino, S., Ioramashvili, C., Rodríguez-Pose, A., & Storper, M. (2019). The geography of innovation: local hotspots and global innovation networks (Economic Research Working Paper No. 57). Geneva, Switzerland: World Intellectual Property Organization.

Fisman, R., Gamtkitsulashvili, T., Guriev, S., Ioramashvili, C, & Plekhanov, A. (2019) The governance dividend (ch. 1). In: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Transition report 2019-20 - Better governance, better economies. London, UK: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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