Neil is head of the Socio-Economic Centre at The Work Foundation. His team investigate labour markets, cities and enterprise.
He currently runs three major research projects for The Work Foundation; the Missing Million on the challenge of youth unemployment, Cities 2020, which investigates how cities can drive economic growth in the changing economy, and the Bottom Ten Million research programme, which focuses on in-work poverty and the geography of unemployment.
Neil’s recent research has included research on long-term youth unemployment, a paper for NESTA on the obstacles faced by potential high-growth firms and research on the geography of economic recovery. His research interests include labour markets, innovation and cities. He has published widely on issues around innovation and inequality, unemployment in the recession and the role of the creative industries in economic growth. His academic publications are listed here.
He has a PhD in Economic Geography and Spatial Economics and MSc’s in Local Economic Development and Quantitative Research from the London School of Economics, and a first-class degree in geography from University College London. He is a research affiliate of the Technological Change Lab (TCLab) at Columbia University, New York.
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