I am the founding Director of Citizen-i Ltd, a platform for citizen-led research, innovation and impact. Citizen-i works alongside client partners and communities of place, enquiry and interest to bring civic innovation projects and programmes to life.
From April 2021, I will be working with the NP11 group of Northern LEPs as Strategic Lead for Place and Culture in the North. The role is a partnership appointment, co-sponsored by Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England and the Environment Agency.
I am a Research Associate and Marie Curie H2020 PhD Scholar with the MAPS-LED International Research Partnership, based at the University of Salford’s SoBE Unit. My PhD studies have included collaborative work with MIT, the Harvard Ash Centre and North Eastern University, Boston, The Agirre Centre at the University of the Basque Country, Sapienza University of Rome, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria and Aalto University, Finland. My research explores the role of cultural heritage in embedding and catalysing ‘place driven’ innovation, presenting a new and holistic economic paradigm which is characterised as “A Fourth Way”. My proposals for an alternative measure to GDP on this basis were highly commended and published in the 2017 Global Indigo Prize.
In my former role as a Research Fellow and North of England Associate of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), I led its portfolio of research and strategic development projects across the North of England, with a particular focus on heritage, place and citizenship.
My work with the RSA included leading research for its ‘Citizens and Inclusive Growth’ programme, delivered in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). The final report (July, 2017) draws on a range of international case-studies to advocate for hyper-local and human-centred strategy and policy design as the basis for a more sustainable and equitable economic model. It is available to download here: Citizens and Inclusive Growth
From 2013-2016, I led fieldwork for the RSA’s ‘Heritage, Identity & Place’ programme co-sponsored by HLF. Our ‘Networked Heritage’ report (2016), which presents a new model for heritage driven by ‘heritage citizens’ can be found here: Networked Heritage
In October 2017, I was a speaker at TEDxBrum, one of the largest TEDx events in the country with a live audience of over 2000. My first TEDx, exploring my proposal around ‘A Fourth Way’ is available to view here: TEDx
In February 2018, I delivered my second TEDx, this time at TEDxUoChester, themed on ‘The Connected Economy for 4.0’ and exploring connectivity as the basis for economic measurement. The video is available to view here: TEDx2
I have worked with a broad portfolio of clients in delivering business planning and strategic development, research, fundraising, project management, stakeholder engagement and communications services.
Clients include The Royal Society of Arts (RSA), National Lottery Heritage Fund, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, GM Mayor’s Office/ GMCA, Co-op Digital, GM Culture, New Economy, Manchester City Council, Health Innovation Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), The SHARP Project, Salford City Council, Nottingham City Council, FACT Liverpool, Heart of Glass, CREATE Ireland, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Arts & Regeneration Consortium (LARC), Oldham MBC, The Bluecoat Arts Centre, The University of Liverpool, Bolton at Home, Your Housing Group and Plus Dane Housing Group.
Examples of my work:
‘Networked Heritage’ (2016) – fieldwork research, analysis and copywriting: Networked Heritage
Heart of Glass – ‘A Modest Proposal’ Development Plan and Forward Strategy (2016) – strategy and copywriting – Heart of Glass
‘Citizens & Inclusive Growth’ (2017) – fieldwork research, analysis and copywriting: Citizens & Inclusive Growth