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The Team

The project has three Principal Investigators: Professor Ron Martin (Geography, Cambridge), Professor Peter Tyler (Land Economy, Cambridge), and Professor Peter Sunley (Geography, Southampton). Working alongside them on the ESRC Recession and Resilience Project (see above) are Professor Hashem Pesaran (Economics, Cambridge), are Ben Gardiner (from Cambridge Econometrics) and Terry Bevan and Anna Morgan (from Trends Business Research, Newcastle.)

Ron Martin Ron Martin is Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Professorial Fellow and President of St Catharine’s College. His main research interests include the geographies of labour markets; regional development and competitiveness; the geographies of money and finance; geographical economics; and evolutionary economic geography. He has published some 35 books and monographs, and 200 articles, on these and related themes. He is an editor on the Cambridge Journal of Economics; Journal of Economic Geography; Géographie, Économie, Societé; International Regional Science Review; the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, and Economic Geography. He also co-edits the book series Regions and Cities, for the Regional Studies Association. He compiled the five-volume reference set on Economic Geography for Routledge in 2007. Ron is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Regional Studies Association. He recently completed a three-year Leverhulme Major Fellowship to investigate the application of evolutionary theory to the study of regional economies. In 2009 he was selected to give the Roepke Lecture in Economic Geography, generally regarded as the most distinguished international public lecture in the discipline, and his 2010 paper (with Professor Harry Garretsen, Economics, University of Groningen) in Spatial Economic Analysis was selected for the Best Paper Award. He has been involved in a number of major research projects for the European Commission, on the competitiveness of Europe’s regions, on regional growth across Europe, and on the impact of globalisation on European regions. He has also undertaken research for the UK government on clusters, and has produced commissioned ‘think-piece’ papers for various UK Regional Development Agencies on regional competitiveness, regional path dependence, clusters, regional economic rebalancing, and regional economic resilience. He has just begun a major ESRC research project on the resilience of regional economies. He is a member of the Expert Review Panel of the School of Economics, Utrecht University, Netherlands.
Peter Tyler Peter Tyler is Professor of Urban and Regional Economics at the University of Cambridge. He has an established reputation in the field of urban and regional economics with a particular emphasis on the evaluation of policy. He has been a Project Director for over sixty major research projects for Government and which has resulted in the publication of forty research monographs of which twenty-four have been of book length. He has published in all the major academic journals in the field. He has been responsible for evaluating a range of regeneration measures across the United Kingdom and directed the national evaluation of the Single Regeneration Budget for ODPM .The programme lasted nine years and assembled a considerable research platform from which to assess the achievements of regeneration policy. Most recently he has been team leader on a major research initiative funded by HM Government entitled Creating Places for Enterprising Development-the Geography of Innovation. This project is collaboration between the Department of Land Economy and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and investigates why new and growing enterprises, particularly with a technology edge, thrive in certain places and not in others and what may be the role for policy intervention. Peter is also working on the national evaluation of the New Deal for Communities initiative in England and the interim evaluation of Neighbourhood Management Pathfinders with a specific focus on Value For Money issues. In Scotland he has led research into the effectiveness of Social Inclusion Partnerships, and in Northern Ireland he has advised the Department of Social Development on the performance measurement issues relating to its neighbourhood renewal strategy. He is a member of the National Evaluation of Sure Start panel, and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was Coordinating Editor of Regional Studies until April 2005.
Peter Sunley Peter Sunley has been Professor of Human Geography at the University of Southampton since 2003. Before that he was Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on economic geography and spatial dimensions of labour. His research has focused on geographies of labour organisation and welfare policy, regional development, innovation and venture capital, design and creative industries, and evolutionary economic geography. He has frequently co-published with Ron Martin and their joint publications include Putting Workfare in Place (with Corinne Nativel, Oxford, 2003) and Critical Concepts in Economic Geography (Routledge, 2009). He recently completed research projects on the geography of design industry in the UK, and the financing of social enterprise.
Hashem Pesaran Hashem Pesaran is a Professor of Economics at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is also the John Elliott Chair of Economics at the University of Southern California. Previously, he was head of the Economic Research Department of the Central Bank of Iran (1974-76) and the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education (1976-78), Iran. He has also been a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Applied Econometrics Program at UCLA (1989-93), and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California, where he served as the Director of USC College Institute for Economic Policy Research over the period October 2004 to April 2006. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a Fellow of the Journal of Econometrics. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Salford in1993. He is the recipient of the 1990 George Sell Prize from The Institute of Petroleum, London, the 1992 Royal Economic Society Prize for the best article published in The Economic Journal for the years 1990 and 1991, the joint recipient of the Econometric Reviews Best Paper Award 2002-2004 for his paper on Long Run Structural Modelling, and the joint recipient of the Best Paper Award 2004-2005 for his paper in the International Journal of Forecasting. Dr Pesaran is the founding editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics, and a co-developer of Microfit, an econometric software package published by Oxford University Press. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Economic Research Forum for Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey, and has served as a member of the World Bank’s Council of Advisers for the Middle East and North Africa, 1996-2000
Ben Gardiner Ben Gardiner is a director of Cambridge Econometrics, where he has worked since the early 1990s. He helps to oversee the development of CE’s key capabilities in European sectoral and regional analysis, including project work and service reports in both areas. He is also responsible for CE’s econometrics training portfolio – including time series, microeconometrics, and panel data courses run using Microfit, STATA and EViews. During March 2010 – March 2012 he was on leave of absence with the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) in Seville, working as a senior scientist within the Knowledge for Growth (KfG) Unit on the development of a new system of regional modelling of Cohesion Funds (the RHOMOLO model). He will have an input into most aspects of the project work, as it is closely related to a PhD on European regional resilience that he is also undertaking, but primarily he will be involved with the data and econometric analyses.
Terry Bevan Terry Bevan is Director of Strategy at TBR. He has been a Director of TBR since 2000. He combines his LSE based qualifications in economics with an extensive corporate and private sector skill base in marketing, market research and general management and an extensive understanding of TBR work and its statistical capabilities. Now based in the South East of England he has established relationships with many of the leading figures in the UK economic development agenda. He is highly skilled in understanding and explaining the benefits of the TBR approach to economic measurement. Terry is responsible for leading the development of many TBR new products and has applied his knowledge to subjects such as the Night Time Economy. He co-authors Night Mix News and the UK Night Mix Index, the first UK measurement of the value and structure of the UK evening and late night economy at local authority level. In 2011 he was appointed by the Lord Mayor of Sydney to lead the first international cost benefit analysis of a Night Time Economy under the ‘Open Sydney’ programme. He has helped to define new ways to measure UK and regional tourism impact; provide economic focus to rural market town assessment and regeneration as the specialist economics researcher and led research into the performance of sub regional economies and cities. His prior experience includes senior positions in the private sector, with large organisations such as Unilever, Wilkinson Sword and Arthur Guinness. He was the small firm representative on the Management Charter Initiative which led to National Occupational Standards for Management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and the Chair of an Educational Trust for children with EBD.
Anna Morgan Anna Morgan is the Director and Head of TBR Observatory. Anna joined TBR in 1996 following graduation with First Class Honours in Management and Mathematics from Brunel University. She has been instrumental in developing the quality and range of TBR statistical work and in particular the development of its detailed longitudinal time series of UK business activity drawn from comprehensive firm level data. Anna is a Graduate Statistician of the Royal Society of Statistics. Anna specialises in the provision of quantitative evidence to support policy and investment decisions. She now leads the TBR Observatory and is responsible for the strategic development of this core resource. Her main role is to ensure that data managed through the Observatory is available to all TBR projects and that information is calibrated suitably to answer key socio-economic questions. At TBR Anna has led projects across the full range of TBR studies. A notable example is UK analysis of the sources of job creation (an update of the work for Government which led to the founding of TBR). The evidence base was used for policy development by HM Treasury and the EU.