Dr Anastasios Kitsos

Dr Anastasios Kitsos

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Research Fellow

Contact details

Ash House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TY

Anastasios (Tasos) Kitsos is a research fellow at City-REDI where he currently holds an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship (ES/S011226/1).

He is an economist specialising in regional research. His research interests revolve around regional growth and development. In particular, he focuses on regional economic resilience; the spatial effects of the rise of creative industries; the impact of the engagement with the digital economy on growth and resilience; the motives to entrepreneurship and its effect on regional development; the different forms of social capital and its expression in civic behaviour; as well as fiscal devolution and the spatial distribution of government grants.

He has extensive, in-depth knowledge of data in the UK. Uses quantitative research methods and the relevant software. He holds a PhD in Economics from Plymouth University, an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from LSE and a BSc in Economics from the University of Macedonia. He has won several grants for his research and worked in numerous research projects whilst he held positions in the private and public sector including policy and data analyst at City-REDI, research assistant and associate lecturer positions in various universities.


  • PhD in Regional Economics 2018
  • MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies 2007
  • BSc in Economics 2006


Tasos studied Economics at the University of Macedonia (Greece) in 2002. During this time, he became interested in the subnational heterogeneity of economic development including the function of local labour markets. His undergraduate dissertation examined the role of Greek Foreign Direct Investments in the Balkan countries and the role of the City of Thessaloniki as a cross-country metropolitan centre. He was awarded two performance scholarships for his second and third year of studies.

Further pursuing his research interests he joined the MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies at London School of Economics partly funded by a Greek Scholarship Foundation studentship. This has expanded his understanding of spatial planning and growth-affecting policy formulation. His masters dissertation examined the different approaches of public participation in two significant projects in London and Thessaloniki.

After completing his MSc, he joined the Highland Council’s development plans team to get a first-hand perspective of the application of planning principles in practice. This experience was followed by working in the private sector in Greece before joining Plymouth University as a research assistant in 2012 and doctoral student in 2013.

His doctoral thesis, funded by Plymouth University, investigated the 2008 crisis and the differential responses of local authority districts in the UK. In particular, he examined the determining factors behind the varying resilience performance of localities and their policy implications.

In 2016, Tasos joined City-REDI, as a policy and data analyst. In this position he worked on a range of consultancy and research projects from the West Midlands Databook to the Birmingham Economic Review 2017; 2018.

Following his PhD completion in 2018 he became a research fellow, pursuing research on a spectrum of topics. Primarily, work on economic resilience continues as part of his ESRC postdoctoral fellowship. Furthermore, Tasos is currently involved in a range of collaborative projects relevant to regional development and growth. These, span from the spillover effects of the creative industries to the impact of the engagement with the digital economy on regional productivity, the motivations to entrepreneurship, social capital and the effect of electoral politics on the distribution of public goods.

Complementing his research, Tasos writes regularly for the City-REDI blog with research updates, policy briefings and summaries of events attended. 


Research interests

  • Regional Economic Resilience
  • Regional growth and development
    • Productivity analysis
    • Regional economic modelling
    • Impact analysis
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Digital economic activity
  • Creative industries
  • Distributive politics
  • Social capital

Current projects

ESRC - Postdoctoral Fellowship - ES/S011226/1 (c. £116,000)

AHRC - Creative economy spillovers in UK cities. Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (c. £160,000)

BRIDGE - University of Birmingham – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign fund for collaboration on UK Regions and Digital Interdependencies (c. £7,500)

Entrepreneurship, Growth, Resilience, and Inclusion: Implications for Regional Development in the US and UK. Collaboration with Colorado State University (REDI institute).

Electoral politics and the inter-governmental allocation of resources: Evidence from Greece. Collaboration with Antonios Proestakis (European Commission, Joint Research Centre)

Social capital and civic behaviour analysis. Collaboration with Filippos Exadaktylos (ICTA, Autonomous University of Barcelona) and Antonios Proestakis (European Commission, Joint Research Centre)


Kitsos, A. & Bishop, P. (2018) 'Economic resilience in Great Britain: the crisis impact and its determining factors for local authority districts'. The Annals of Regional Science, 60 (2). pp 329-347

Kitsos, A. 'Data and the city'. Regional studies, 52 (8). pp 1162-1162

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