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Biography

My professional background is in local and regional economic development, working in Manchester and London. I run a consultancy specialising in research and policy development for urban areas.  
  • PhD - Development Policy and Management - University of Manchester - ESRC CASE Studentship (2014) 
  • MSc - Poverty and Development - University of Manchester (2011)
  • PGDip - Applied Research Methods - Thames Valley University (1994) 
  • BA (Hons) - Combined Studies - University of Reading (1990)

Research interests

•  Urban development and management 
•  Institutional change
•  Co-production 
•  Capability approach 
•  Street children 
 
Current Research Projects 
 
I am Research Director of an international research project working with street children and youth in the African cities of Accra, Bukavu and Harare called Growing up on the Streets. The project, which is funded through the Sainsbury Backstage Trust and also has ESRC funds for Knowledge Exchange, is tracking the lives and experiences of 198 young people as they ‘grow up on the street’. The research has a number of distinctive features including adopting the capability approach as a framework, training young people to be researchers, and in using longitudinal data collection with street children. Further details and publications are available at www.streetinvest.org/guots

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute

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