Francesca Froy

Labour Market and Local Economies Policy Specialist

Francesca is a freelance international advisor on local employment and economic development policies. Until 2015, Francesca was a senior policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where she led international reviews on local employment and skills strategies, and on policies to raise skills utilisation and job quality at the local level. She was part of the drafting team for the OECD skills strategy and helped prepare a set of Principles for Local Job Creation which were adopted by G20 labour ministers in 2014.  Since being back in the UK, projects have included an international evidence review of inclusive cities for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a review of local apprenticeship schemes for the OECD, and a review of international VET systems for the Gatsby Foundation. She lectures on local economic development at the London School of Economics (LSE) and University College London (UCL), and her articles have been published in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy and European Planning Studies amongst other journals. She has a BSc in Anthropology and an MSC in Spatial design: Architecture and Cities (both from UCL). She is currently pursuing a PhD at UCL, focusing on the accumulation and branching of knowledge in cities, and the role this has in agglomeration economies. 

Her contributions to the Work Foundation focus on the nexus between industrial strategy and skills, the link between skills utilisation and labour productivity, and the role of cities and regions in implementing employment and skills policies.