The Bartlett School of Architecture


Francesca Froy

Image for Space Syntax Research seminar series: Francesca Froy, Agglomeration Economies



What is the role of urban morphology in agglomeration economies?

Primary and secondary supervisors 

Dr Sam Griffiths and Professor Laura Vaughan


EPSRC Studentship


This thesis is seeking to understand whether the size of cities is the only important factor in generating agglomeration economies, or whether the spatial organisation of cities may also play a role. In particular, the research explores how ‘sharing, matching and learning’ mechanisms (Duranton and Puga, 2003) work in cities and how these are shaped by urban street networks.

Manchester in the UK has been chosen as a case study city, with a particular focus on the textiles industry that still thrives in the city centre. The thesis draws on two methodologies in particular – space syntax, and ‘product space mapping’ developed by the Harvard Growth Lab.