My work explores themes of urban and regional resilience. This focuses on the social and economic resilience of people and places to natural and man-made shocks. My current research agenda explores the concept of resilience in the context of water stressed cities in sub-Saharan Africa. This combines my experience of economic geography with insights from behavioural psychology and hydrogeology. It is opening up new understandings of the role that individual choice can play in shaping collective resilience outcomes, and the considerations framing those choices. I maintain an interest in the resilience of European economies, and am collaborating on a Horizon 2020 research project examining the implications of carbon transitions for social and economic justice in Wales. This develops themes of justice and equality which span all of my working interests.
My experience includes working as an advisor on regional innovation to European Commission advisory groups and the Welsh Government. I also acted as an expert advisor to the ODPM House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry into Regional Disparities in Prosperity in the UK.