Consultancy and Policy Engagement
Beyond research and teaching, I actively engage in consultancy and policy work. My work involves high-impact collaborations with city governments and international agencies, shaping strategies and policies that address contemporary challenges in urban economies, cultural sectors, and beyond. This approach ensures a tangible, positive influence on communities and industries, reinforcing my commitment to sustainable development and inclusive growth.
Research Fellow, Autonomy UK
As a Research Fellow at Autonomy UK, I specialize in urban research, focusing particularly on night-time economics and night work. My role involves pioneering research initiatives that delve into the emerging challenges and prospects within nocturnal economies. In my consultancy capacity, I work on city-community partnerships and co-production models for climate action and co-production models.
As an Economist at VibeLab, I led critical research projects in partnership with the German Cooperation Agency GIZ, focusing on the repercussions of COVID-19 on cultural and creative industries. Our analysis covered sectors in Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Senegal, and South Africa, revealing significant impacts on music, fashion, and design industries. The insights gained were integral to G20 Task Force 5 discussions, influencing the "Creative Economy 2030" agenda for sustainable development and recovery. Additionally, I provide consultancy for city governments, formulating night-time economy strategies. My role also involved EU-level advocacy, promoting policies to enhance the resilience and economic performance of cultural and night-time sectors.
Policy Engagement in London
From 2021, I have been an active collaborator with the Greater London Authority's 24-hour team alongside London's Night Czar, Amy Lamé, contributing strategic insights for the study of night workers in London. In 2022, my expertise was recognized as I was entrusted as a member of The London Borough of Camden’s Evening & Night Time Economy Strategy Expert Advisory Group. My contributions continued as I joined the Living Wage Foundation's steering group in 2022, tasked with the critical responsibility of conceptualizing a 'night living wage' framework to support night-time workers in London's hospitality industry. In the realm of innovation and recovery post-Covid-19, I played a mentoring role in the 2021 Creative Cities Challenge. This initiative, a cooperative venture between major global cities - Berlin, London, New York, and Paris, was designed to harness collective innovation for economic and cultural recovery. My policy engagement portfolio also includes a collaborative stint from 2019-2021 with The London Borough of Islington's Inclusive Economy Team. Here, my focus was on researching projects aimed at fostering equality and inclusivity in urban economies, specifically within creative industries and tech sectors.