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.