I’m a Senior Birmingham Fellow (an Assistant Professor with a research-intensive role) at Birmingham Business School. I’m also a Deputy Director at the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth and an affiliate at SERC. I’m also affiliated to IZA, NIESR and the Centre for London.
My research focuses on the economics of cultural diversity, particularly the performance of diverse cities, and links between immigration, diverse communities and innovation. I’m also interested in innovation systems and clusters, especially in the tech industry, and in wider public policy for cities, especially policy design and evaluation.
I co-founded the Centre for Cities think tank in 2004. Between 2007-2010 I worked at the Department of Communities and Local Government as an ESRC-DCLG Policy Adviser, covering issues like localism, regeneration, innovation and economic development.
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