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About Susanne

Susanne is a postdoctoral research associate for a place-based partnership at the Government Outcomes Lab. She joined the GO Lab team in 2021 coming from the London School of Economics where she completed a PhD in Economic Geography and worked as an LSE Fellow in Local Economic Development. Her research to date has focused on urbanisation, cities and economic growth as well as the effectiveness of industrial and regional development policies. At the GO Lab, she focuses on the centre’s work around the UK’s levelling up agenda, providing an international perspective. 

Susanne has extensive experience working as a consultant with international organisations and governments, for example with the World Bank’s Trade & Competitiveness Practice, where – among other things – she co-led the research team of a recent flagship report on Special Economic Zones in developing countries. Prior to the PhD, Susanne furthermore worked for several years with Dalberg Global Development Advisors, supporting organisations such as the Gates Foundation and the International Trade Centre in their strategic planning processes. She spent two years in Guatemala, working for Fundesa, a private-sector funded think tank, and in close collaboration with the Guatemalan Ministry of Economy on economic policies for the country.

Susanne’s work has been published in high-impact journals such as Economic Geography, World Development and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society and has been translated into policy papers to support the design of public policy.

Academic papers

S. Frick, & A. Rodríguez-Pose (2021). Special Economic Zones and Sourcing Linkages with the Local Economy: Reality or Pipedream? European Journal of Development Research, European journal of development research, 2021-03-10.

S. Frick, A. Rodríguez-Pose, M.D. Wong. (2019) Toward Economically Dynamic Special Economic Zones in Emerging Countries. Economic Geography, 95(1), pp.30–64.

S. Frick, A. Rodríguez-Pose. (2019) Are special economic zones in emerging countries a catalyst for the growth of surrounding areas? Transnational Corporations, 26(2), pp.75–94.

S. Frick, A. Rodríguez-Pose. (2018) Urbanization, cities and economic growth. Trends, recent evidence and policy implications. Regions E-zine, DOI reference: 10.1080/13673882.2018.00001006

S. Frick, A. Rodríguez-Pose. (2018) Change in urban concentration and economic growth. World Development, 105, p.156.

S. Frick, A. Rodríguez-Pose. (2018) Big or Small Cities? On city size and economic growth. Growth and Change, 49(1), pp.4–32.

S. Frick, A. Rodríguez-Pose. (2016) Average city size and economic growth. Cambridge Journal Of Regions, Economy And Society, 9(2), pp.301–318.


I. Taylor, S. Frick, (2022) Research note: insights from resilient cities, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

World Bank Group. (2017) Special Economic Zones: An Operational Review of Their Impacts. World Bank, Washington, DC. (Co-head of research team)

Fundesa. (2012) Summary publication of the project “Guatemaltecos Mejoremos Guatemala". Fundesa, Guatemala City. (Editing team)

Blog articles

S.Frick, A. Rodríguez-Pose. (2018) Urban concentration and economic growth. VoxEU column

S.Frick, A. Rodríguez-Pose. (2017) Big or small cities: on city size and economic growth. VoxEU column

S.Frick. (2012) El Consejo Privada de Competitividad de Guatemala. Fundesa Guatemala (Video Blog)

S.Frick. (2012) A More Prosperous Guatemala. The Private Sector Competitiveness Council, in “Revista Guatemaltecos Mejoremos
Guatemala”. 1st Edition.

S.Frick. (2012) The Importance of Entrepreneurship for Employment Generation. The Private Sector Competitiveness Council, in “Revista Guatemaltecos Mejoremos Guatemala”. 2nd Edition.