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I am a self-motivated individual with strong commitment to collaborative problem-solving who thrives in dynamic work environments. In my past roles I have gained extensive experience in managing projects, including development of strong working relationship with relevant stakeholders as well as the continues progress evaluation and revision of the projects’ strategic aims. I am well versed in both quantitative as well as qualitative research methods and take pride in my ability to communicate outcomes of my work with impact. Through my postgraduate education I have developed considerable knowledge about the national policy environment surrounding the issues of digitalisation, sustainability, and industrial development. My research has mainly focused on the issues of on-the-ground implementation and challenges faced by businesses in both contributing to as well a staking advantage of the delivery of central policy objectives.

Research interests

My research interests centre on the issues of regional development in relation to their embeddedness in broader, often multi-scalar, contexts of wicked societal problems. I am particularly interested in the issues relating to ways in which global (grand) challenges can be mobilised locally to coordinate multi-stakeholder engagement with the transformation of local industries. To that end, I am currently investigating climate policy action in the post-industrial region of Greater Manchester, United Kingdom, and the ongoing work to implement the city-regional vision of clean growth. My research focuses specifically on the agentic processes that led to the development of meaningful linkages between the environmental and the industrial development agendas in the region, integrated under a policy frame for the delivery of ‘prosperity for all’.

To address the important questions on how such policies materialise and what are the key drivers of and challenges to their implementation, I am looking at the programme coordinated by local municipal government aimed at the deployment of energy efficacy measures in local housing stock (also referred to as ‘energy retrofits’). This policy aims to deliver 'green growth' and significant reductions in carbon emissions from local housing stock, making it a compelling case for studying the processes involved in policy-driven collaboration among diverse stakeholders to achieve multiple objectives related to both local (economic growth) and global (climate change) issues.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship , Alliance Manchester Business School

30 Sept 201830 Sept 2019

Award Date: 12 Dec 2019

Areas of expertise

  • HB Economic Theory
  • JS Local government Municipal government
  • H Social Sciences (General)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


  • Economic Geography
  • Technology and Innovation Management
  • Regional Economic Development
  • Innovation Policy
  • Industrial Policy


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