Research

KPMGreport2Reports

Universities: harnessing their superpowers: a report for KPMG UK on universities, societal challenges and city-building. It follows Connected Universities, Connected Cities, a shorter piece for KPMG on a new era of university-city partnerships. See coverage on Wonkhe.

Mutual influence? Universities, cities and the future of internationalisation: a report for the British Council drawing on interviews I conducted with 25 senior university and city officials in four European cities. See also coverage in The Conversation and Times Higher Education.

Future of cities: universities and cities: an essay for the UK Government Office for Science on future cities and universities, looking at trends in cities in the next 50 years.

For UK university leaders, briefings on funding local development, elected mayors, city deals, and devolution.

Other work

In addition to my posts on this site, you can read my posts on the Universities UK blog, the Government Office for Science blog, the National Centre for Universities and Business blog, and the Class of 2020 Annual Trends report.

I have worked on the influential City Growth Commission’s report on universities in urban areas, UniverCities: The knowledge to power UK metros, and Sir Andrew Witty’s review of universities and growth, Encouraging a British invention revolution. I have also authored evidence for House of Commons inquiries. Whilst working at the Association of Commonwealth Universities I wrote an evaluation report of the impact of development scholarships in the health sector.

In 2013 I presented a paper based on my MSc thesis at the Earth Institute, Columbia University in New York. It looks at how small civil society organisations can adapt big data for international development applications. And back in 2010 I published an article in the International History Review. It examines the negotiations leading to the creation of the European Payments Union in 1950 as part of the Marshall Plan.