Who we are

The City REDI team
Academic Team

Professor Simon Collinson

Professor Simon Collinson

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement and Director of City-REDI, Simon Collinson has recently taken up the role of Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement at the University of Birmingham. He is also Director of City-REDI, the City-Region Economic Development Institute and a Professor of International Business and Innovation at Birmingham Business School where he was the Dean from 2012-2016. Simon is Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (C-ABS), which represents over 120 UK business schools. He is also a Member of the UK ESRC Council, a member of the Council of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

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Professor John Bryson

John BrysonJohn Bryson is Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography at the University of Birmingham. He is an internationally recognised scholar who has made significant contributions to understanding and explaining the complex ways in which economic activities are organized through space and in place. Recently, he has made major contributions to understanding the functional economic geographies of city regions by exploring the dynamics of economic activities located in large and small towns.

He has published seven books and over 120 journal articles, research reports, and books chapters and he is also an editor of the book series on Services, Economy and Innovation published by Edward Elgar. He is Vice-President of RESER, the leading international research association on services and expertise-driven economies, Director of the Aston Reinvestment Trust, the UK’s leading Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), and is Independent Chair of the Worcestershire Partnership Climate Change Task Group. He has also advised the Finnish Presidency of the EU (2006).

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Professor Raquel Ortega-Argilés

Raquel Ortega-ArgilésCurrently, Raquel Ortega-Argilés holds the Chair in Regional Economic Development at the Department of Strategy and International Business and the City-REDI research institute at Birmingham Business School, The University of Birmingham, UK.

Her current research work focuses on Productivity, Innovation, Regional development, SMEs, entrepreneurship and industrial dynamics and on regional and European Policy.

 

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Professor Anne Green

Anne Green joined the University of Birmingham as Professor of Regional Economic Development in June 2017. Her research interests span employment, non-employment, regional and local labour market issues, skills strategies, urban and rural development, migration and commuting, associated policy issues and evaluation.

She has published in high profile journals and has written numerous reports for UK Government Departments and agencies. Anne is experienced in disseminating the results of her research to academic, policy and practitioner audiences.

 

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Dr Max Nathan

Max Nathan

Max is Senior Birmingham Fellow (Regional Economic Development) at Birmingham Business School and is a Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth.

He is an economic geographer with a background in public policy. His research focuses on urban economic development, in particular, the economics of immigration and diversity; innovation systems and tech clusters; and public policy for cities, especially policy design and evaluation.

Max has over 15 years’ public policy experience in think tanks, consultancy and government, including at DCLG as an ESRC-DCLG Senior Policy Adviser. Max also co-founded the Centre for Cities, where he ran the research programme for the Centre’s first three years.

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Dr Chloe Billing

Chloe joined the City-REDI team in November 2016 as a Research Fellow, working on the Urban Living Birmingham Project. She is responsible for undertaking a detailed review of end-user and open innovation to explore its application to urban services. This is based on the understanding that service reform in many fast growth and highly innovative private sector firms is driven by the application of new approaches to innovation.

Chloe has recently completed her PhD in Economic Geography at the University of Birmingham, which explored the competitiveness organisation and governance of the UK satellite industry. She also has experience in teaching within the Geography department and Birmingham Business School.

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Dr Andre Carrascal Incera

Andre joined the City-REDI team as a Research Fellow in Economic Modelling in July 2018. He holds a PhD in Economics and his main lines of research are related to multisectoral modelling and impact analysis from a regional perspective. In particular, he has experience on working with economy-wide models such as Input-Output, Social Accounting Matrices and Computable General Equilibrium Models. Some of the topics he has recently studied are the impact of tourism in the generation and distribution of income, the main determinants of youth unemployment in Europe and its micro and macroeconomic consequences, as well as exploring the links between the economy, the environment and the availability of natural resources. He has previously held a postdoctoral position at the University of Santiago de Compostela and has been a visiting researcher at the University of Illinois and in the University of Groningen.

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Dr Tasos Kitsos

Tasos Kitsos

Tasos is a Research Fellow in City-REDI. He holds a PhD in Economics and his research interests span from regional resilience to entrepreneurship and regional development as well as fiscal devolution and the spatial distribution of government grants. Besides academic research, Tasos has helped to produce City-REDI publications such as the West Midlands Databook and the Birmingham Economic Review as well as the production of policy briefings. He has previously held positions in the private and public sector including research assistant and Associate Lecturer positions in various universities.

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Dr Juliane Schwarz

Juliane is a Research Fellow who joined City-REDI in October 2018. Her expertise lies in evaluation and impact studies. She predominantly supports a Leverhulme funded project to evaluate the causal impact of Tech Accelerators on Startups. Trained as a social scientist, her contribution covers the qualitative aspect of the research project. She is responsible for the data collections (in-depth interviews), coding and analysis (NVivo) and contributes to the dissemination of the results.

Juliane holds a PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University and has more than 15 years experiences in managing and conducting research projects. She has contributed to and organised impact evaluation studies for the ESRC, the NHS and NHS Scotland and several private sector organisations. In her previous positions at Aston University and UCAS, she was engaged in research on good practice in education and evaluating the impact of different education policies. She managed a research project on knowledge sharing and management at WBS and several research projects on quality assurance at BCU.

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Professional Services team

Rebecca Riley

Rebecca RileyRebecca has joined City-REDI as the new Administrative Director and will be leading on the strategic direction of the Institute especially in relation to consultancy work and partnership development. She brings with her experience in the private consultancy sector providing the Idox Information Service to clients across the higher education, local government and national policy sectors. Prior to that she was Head of Research at the Northwest Regional Development Agency and led a regional economic observatory, providing the evidence base for regional, local and policy specific strategies and programmes.

She has managed over 200 projects across all local government policy areas, designing, advising, commissioning, collaborating and delivering research services. Her focus has been on regional and local economic intelligence and analysis services, forecasting and skills.

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George Bramley

George joined City-REDI as a Senior Analyst in March 2018. George has significant experience in designing, managing and conducting research, evaluations and systematic reviews within government, the private sector and academia. His interests include public service redesign, skills, enterprise and innovation, school improvement and health technology assessment. George’s previous roles include Head of Evaluation at the Small Business Service where he was closely involved in business support simplification, the UK Enterprise Strategy and was the UK Delegate to the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship; Research Director at National Foundation for Educational Research undertaking studies on skills, school improvement, enterprise education and citizenship. Since joining the University of Birmingham, George has been involved in health service redesign and the appraisal of new health technologies including the development of the Medtech Early Technical Assessment tool for NICE Scientific Advice. He has been a member of UK Evaluation Society Council since 2010.

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Liam O’Farrell

Liam is a Policy and Data Analyst at City-REDI. He joined in October 2018, having previously worked as a user researcher in the Department for Work and Pensions and before that as a delivery manager at High Speed Two. He has also worked as a teacher for the British Council in Austria.

Liam has an MA in International Relations and Political Economy from the University of Birmingham and a BA in History and East European Studies from University College London. He is interested in the regional lived experience and how this is impacted by policies around social mobility, urban planning and design, infrastructure development, access to education, devolution, and responses to de-industrialisation.

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Laura Reynolds

Laura joined City-REDI as a Policy and Data Analyst in November 2018. She has recently submitted her PhD in Marketing (funded by the ESRC), looking at stakeholder participation in city branding. This research evaluates the ways that stakeholders can work together to present the social, economic and cultural advantages of cities and regions. Laura has presented her PhD research at numerous national and international academic conferences, including the Institute of Place Management Biennial Conference where she was awarded Best Academic Paper in September 2017.

While completing her PhD, Laura worked as a Research Associate analysing the impact of digital technology for small business innovation and growth across Wales.  Laura is also a co-editor in an upcoming research anthology on cultural heritage. Her overall research interests include place governance, place management, small business governance and business innovation.

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Dr Abigail Taylor

Abigail joined City-REDI in October 2018 as a Policy and Data Analyst. Abigail completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield supervised by the Departments of Geography and French. Her thesis examined the experiences of out-of-work partnered parents in France and the UK contrasting experiences at the micro-two level under two differing national and local contexts to contribute to understandings of how policy affects individual lives and how it can be made more effective. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, Abigail worked as a Teaching Associate at Aston University. Abigail works on various projects at City-REDI including a literature review of Employment Support for the West Midlands Combined Authority. Abigail is partly seconded to the Smart Specialisation Hub where she is undertaking a review of Funding LEP level. She is particularly interested in international comparisons of employment support policy; regional and local labour markets and skills; and funding strategies.

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Sarah Jeffrey

Sarah joined the City-REDI team in June 2016 as Centre Manager. Upon graduating from the University of Birmingham (BA Hons French Studies) she worked in Retail Management and HR with Boots before returning to the University as a PA in the Department of Economics. She has since moved onto various roles within the University developing a firm knowledge and understanding of the University and the Higher Education sector.

Her role as City-REDI Centre Manager (Projects and Administration) sees her work alongside Stuart to manage the day-to-day activities of the Centre, including staff coordination, project and event management, budget management and supporting knowledge exchange activities.

For any queries regarding City-REDI please contact Sarah: +44 (0)121 414 9673 or email s.jeffery@bham.ac.uk.

 

Stuart Mitchell

Stuart joined the City-REDI team in March 2017 as Centre Manager, providing maternity cover for Sarah Jeffery. After graduating from SOAS with an MA in African History, Stuart worked for Unltd, a charity that provides support for social entrepreneurs. He then went travelling around the world for a year before returning to the UK and working for Linking London, a partnership organisation of colleges and higher education institutions in London working in collaboration to maximise its contribution to targeted widening participation, student engagement and success, social mobility and improvements in social justice through education. In 2011, Stuart became the Linking London Office Manager, a wide role encompassing all aspects of Linking London’s work, and helped to grow the partnership to 41 members.

His role as City-REDI Centre Manager sees him manage the day-to-day activities of the Centre, including stakeholder communication, staff coordination, event organisation, project management, budget management and supporting knowledge exchange activities.

For any queries regarding City-REDI please contact Stuart: +44 (0)121 414 9673 or email s.mitchell@bham.ac.uk.