I am the founder and Director of Citizen-i Ltd, a platform for citizen-led research and innovation, based in Manchester, UK.
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. MAPS-LED brings together colleagues from the UK, US, Italy and Finland in a collaborative exploration of innovation ecosystems, with a focus on place, sustainability, social impact and new methods of evaluation in these areas. I have recently completed a one-year secondment in Boston, USA. My research explores the role of cultural heritage in catalysing and embedding civic innovation.
I am a Senior Research Fellow with the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies, a Columbia University New York and the University of the Basque Country partnership which seeks to explore and share international and multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable human development, specifically building on the Basque Country ecosystem as a special case.
In my former role as a Research Fellow and Associate of the RSA, I led and contributed to its portfolio of research and strategic development projects across the North of England, with a particular focus on heritage, place and citizenship.
My most recent work for the RSA focussed on ‘Citizens and Inclusive Growth’. Delivered in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), the final report (July, 2017) draws on a range of international case-studies and advocates for hyper-local and human-centred strategy and policy design, open and independent space, balance between ‘high tech’ and ‘high touch’ approaches, and a new understanding of ‘value’ as the basis for a more sustainable and inclusive growth model. It is available to download here: Citizens and Inclusive Growth
From 2013-2016, I led 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 TEDx, exploring my proposal for a new economic paradigm and entitled ‘A Fourth Way’ is available to view here: TEDx
I am currently working with a team of co-founders in development and delivery of an Impact Hub for Greater Manchester, and in driving the M4 movement as platform for civic connectivity and positive change.
I am a proud Trustee of Manchester Histories.