A geographer by background, Anne has substantial experience of researching employment, non-employment, regional and local labour market issues, migration and commuting, and associated policy issues. Prior to her current role at Warwick she held research positions at Newcastle and Cardiff Universities.
Current and recent research concerns the impacts of labour migration and geographical mobility more generally (including long distance commuting), the geography of employment and worklessness, local skills strategies, and the role of social networks and place attachment in understanding labour market behaviour. Anne has contributed to evaluations of welfare-to-work programmes and area-based initiatives and led the national evaluation of the City Strategy initiative.
Anne is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of the Regional Studies Association. She was a member of the Regeneration and Economic Development Expert Panel established by the Department of Communities and Local Government and of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Expert Panel. She is a past Chair of the West Midlands Regional Observatory's Economy and Labour Force Topic Group. She was a member of the 'Future of Manufacturing' Lead Expert Group for the Government Office for Science Foresight programme. Currently she is a member of the Wolverhampton Skills and Employment Commission.