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Sevrin Waights

Senefelderstrasse 32 ▪ 10437 Berlin ▪ Germany

+49 (0)176 723 57816 ▪ s.g.waights@lse.ac.uk

Nationality: United Kingdom

Research Interests

Urban and Spatial Economics, Economic Geography and Regional Economics

Education

10/2010 – Present PhD in Economic Geography, London School of Economics

Thesis: “Urban Housing Markets and Neighbourhood Change” (Expect to submit: 03/2014)

Supervisors: Steve Gibbons and Gabriel Ahlfeldt

10/2009 – 10/2010 MSc in Human Geography, London School of Economics (Distinction)



Dissertation: “Testing the Monocentric City Model for London”

09/2005 – 07/2009 BSc in Economics, University of Bath (2:1)



Dissertation: “Replicating New Economic Geography Using an Agent-based Model”

Research Positions

07/2013 – Present Occasional Research Assistant, Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), LSE



Project: “Predicting Prime Real Estate Locations” for Gabriel Ahlfeldt and Christian Hilber

Tasks: collected geodatasets with worldwide coverage, prepared in GIS environment

10/2013 – Present Occasional Research Assistant, Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), LSE



Project: “Urban Economics and Urban Policy” (SERC policy book) for Max Nathan

Tasks: provided helpful comments, strengthened argument by generating map

11/2010 – 11/2013 Research Assistant, Dept. Int. Economics, Darmstadt University of Technology



Project: “Testing Urban Economic Theory Using Case of Historical Berlin” for Volker Nitsch

Tasks: created and maintained unique historical dataset, supervised student assistants, investigated own research agenda, presented to non-technical audiences

07/2011 – 08/2013 Occasional Research Assistant, Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), LSE



Project: “Using Natural Experiments to Understand the Spatial Economy” for Daniel Sturm Tasks: developed historical transport models, programmed network analysis (Python)

06/2011 – 06/2012 Freelance Research Assistant, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy



Project: “One Hundred Years of Land Values in Chicago” for Daniel McMillen

Tasks: developed powerful extraction method for historical land values, budgeted and scheduled project, trained and supervised large team of student assistants

01/2012 – 05/2012 Freelance Research Assistant, LSE Enterprise



Project: “Estimating the House Price Premium for Conservation Areas” for Gabriel Ahlfeldt

Tasks: generated spatial variables, analysed conservation areas, assisted with write-up

Professional Experience

06/2009 – 08/2009 Economist, UK Regional Department, Cambridge Econometrics



Project: “Estimating Capital Stock of NUTS2 Regions of EU Member States” for DG Regio

Tasks: investigated methods, formulated assumptions, programmed estimation, presented estimates and analysis at European Commission, co-authored paper in Applied Economics

07/2007 – 08/2008 Assistant Economist, UK Regional Department, Cambridge Econometrics



Project: “UK Regional Service”

Tasks: streamlined process of updating regional forecasts, analysed economy of North West as regional consultant, trained new staff in Econometrics software (OxMetrics)

Teaching Experience

04/2012 – 07/2012 Module 5: “City and Surroundings”, MA Historical Urbanism, Center for Metropolitan studies, Berlin University of Technology



Conferences and Presentations

11/2013 PhD Seminar, Cluster of Economic Geography, LSE, London

08/2013 53st Congress of European Regional Science Association (ERSA), Palermo

05/2013 Spatial Economic Research Centre (SERC) 5th Annual Conference, LSE, London

11/2012 PhD Seminar, Cluster of Economic Geography, LSE, London

02/2012 PhD Seminar, Cluster of Economic Geography, LSE, London

11/2011 Denkstadt Series, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin

08/2011 51st Congress of European Regional Science Association (ERSA), Barcelona

05/2011 Spatial Economic Research Centre (SERC) 3rd Annual Conference, LSE, London

05/2011 PhD Seminar, Cluster of Economic Geography, LSE, London

03/2011 Economic Geography and International Trade workshop, IFO institute, Munich

Project and Grant Proposals

2011 – 2012 Assisted Gabriel Ahlfeldt with research grant: “Cities, Space and History - A Comparative Analysis”, LSE Research Committee Seed Fund, approx. £25,000


2011 – 2012 Assisted Gabriel Ahlfeldt with research grant: “One Hundred Years of Land Values in Chicago”, Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, $80,000

Other Experience

10/2012 Refereeing for Journal of Urban Economics


Since 05/2012 ONS Approved Researcher (Secure Data Service)

Languages and Computer Skills

Languages English (native speaker), German (good)
Computer Skills Stata, ArcGIS, MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), OxMetrics, Python

Publications

“Estimating the capital stock for the NUTS2 regions of the EU27”, joint with James Derbyshire and Ben Gardiner (2013), Applied Economics, 45(9): 1133-1149 (link)



Working Papers

“Game of Zones: The Economics of Conservation Areas”, joint with Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Kristoffer Moeller and Nicolai Wendland (2013), SERC Discussion Papers 0143, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE (link)


“Gentrification and Displacement in English Cities”, Conference Paper at the SERC 5th Annual Conference, 2013 (link)
“Do hedonic prices converge to a law of one price?”, Conference Paper at the SERC 3rd Annual Conference, 2011

Work in Progress

"The Welfare Economics of Conservation Areas: Quality of Life vs. Housing Productivity", presented in 2013 at PhD Seminar, Cluster of Economic Geography, LSE



Blog Posts

“Game of Zones”, 22nd October 2013, Spatial Economic Research Centre Blog (link), and reposted, 29th October 2013, LSE Politics and Policy Blog (link)




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