I am an economist and my research interests include: economic policy, regional economics, corporate performance, innovation and the commercialisation of science (further information is here). My current work is concerned with new developments in innovation policy and assessing the factors that drive regional competiveness and growth.

I am University Senior Lecturer in global macroeconomics at the Judge Business School, Cambridge; Hub Director of the UK-Innovation Research Centre; Assistant Director of the Centre for Business Research, Cambridge; and Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

LATEST

Blogs

Immigration rhetoric is a threat to Britain’s long-term growth

Budget 2014: how good politics can trump good economics

US Politics and the health of a nation

The UK Economy: the retreat of the makers

Immigration: lies, dammed lies and the Daily Mail

Governments and Growth

The FT: defending zombie economics

The OBR and the impact of austerity

Time for TINA to turn: myths of austerity

Prospects for the world economy

More quantitative easing is not the answer to stagnation

The Great Divergence:  the state of the regions in the UK

Where are the exports going to come from?  Confusion at the Bank of England

More unfounded optimism from the Bank of England?

Dr Carney and the UK economy

The Benefits of a Plan B: lessons from the interwar period

Does manufacturing matter?

Papers

Cultural Connections: The Role of the Arts and Humanities in Competitiveness and Local Development, March 2014 (with Alan Hughes, Jocelyn Prober, Royce Turner, Anna Bullock and Isobel Milner)

Connecting with the Ivory Tower: Business Perspectives on Knowledge Exchange in the UK, November 2013 (with A. Hughes)

The Dual Funding Structure for Research in the UK: Research Council and Funding Council Allocation Methods and the Pathways to Impact of UK Academics, Report for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), May 2013 (with A. Hughes, A. Bullock and I.Milner).

Britain’s withdrawl from the Gold standard: the end of an epoch.  Why plan A in the 1920s did not work and how a resort to plan B promoted recovery in the 1930s.

The Deindustrial Revolution: the rise and fall of UK manufacturing, 1870-2010. Charting and explaining the long-run decline of manufacturing in the UK.

Presentations

Why the Euro will collapse

2010-2020: a lost decade for the world economy?

The myth of the ivory tower: the role of academics in the innovation ecosystem.