Current Roles


Director of Spatial Policy & Analysis Lab, Manchester Urban Institute

Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences

Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute​

Commissioner of the UK 2070 Commission on Regional Inequalities

Chair of UK 2021 Research Excellence Framework sub-panel C13

European Science Foundation College of Expert Reviewer

International Expert of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Member of the Humanities & Social Sciences Panel, HK Research Grants Council


I am a chartered town planner and have over 25 years research expertise on policy monitoring and spatial analysis, strategic planning, and urban and regional development policies. I have conducted major research projects for UK central government departments (particularly MHCLG and its predecessors), Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Economic & Social Research Council, Royal Town Planning Institute, Homes and Community Agency, and regional and local bodies. I was a commissioner of the Lyons’ Independent Review of Housing for the Labour Party.​

I have assessed research grants for the UK Economic & Social Research Council and different international bodies: Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands. I was a member of DCLG’s expert panel on housing and planning and an expert panel member of the European Commission’s Urban Audit II.​

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