My research interests fall broadly into two areas:
Research on urban and regional governance and policy has included numerous evaluation projects for the Department for Communities and Local Government and its predecessors assessing the impacts of government urban policy. I have also undertaken evaluation studies for local regeneration initiatives, including an evaluation of the EU URBAN-funded Moss Side and Hulme Partnership in Manchester (for Manchester City Council), and research in support of the Merseyside Housing Market Renewal pathfinder. Research on regional policy and institutional change has included work on inter-city networking and supra-regional policy, notably through a project for the European Commission to explore the potential for (and spatial planning implications of) a North European Trade Axis. It has also included research for HafenCity Universität Hamburg on emerging regional governance configurations in a number of European countries. Ongoing work includes research in my role as an expert advisor to the Association of European Regions. I have also published widely on city-regional governance and poilicy, exploring in particular the experiences of the Manchester city-region.
My work on the measurement of urban socio-economic circumstances and patterns of deprivation has helped to inform this policy-focused work. Completed studies include research for the Northern Ireland Office, Yorkshire District Councils, the Greater London Authority, the Association of London Government and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on patterns of deprivation and issues of measurement in relation to social exclusion. I have also undertaken research for the ESRC exploring the relationship between competitiveness and social exclusion in Liverpool and Manchester, as part of the Cities programme. Projects for Manchester City Council have explored the development of a South Manchester regeneration baseline and attempted to quantify the recovery process in Housing Market Renewal areas. Research as part of the Manchester Independent Economic Review commissioned by Manchester Enterprises explored the drivers of residential segregation and the implications for Manchester's economic competitiveness. Research for the Eurocities group assessed the patterns of socio-spatial mobility and migration across major European cities. Research on the uneven geographies of austerity, commissioned by Manchester University, explored experiences of public expenditure reductions in Greater Manchester local authorities. Research as part of the JustGM project (http://www.jgm.manchester.ac.uk/) reviewed the changing spatial patterning of poverty across Greater Manchester.