I am the founder and Director of Citizen-i Ltd, a platform for citizen-led research, innovation and impact. 

I have recently completed a one-year Research Fellowship at the Manchester Institute for Arts, Health and Social Change MIAHSC), based at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). My work at MIAHSC focused on leading research for the forthcoming ‘GM Lives! Culture, Health & Wellbeing Study 2020’, and on convening the GM response to the national ‘Creative Health’ agenda (in collaboration with Health Innovation Manchester).

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 included a one year secondment in Boston, USA and collaborative work with the Agirre Centre, 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 catalysing civic innovation, presenting a new and holistic economic paradigm which is characterised as “A Fourth Way”.

In my former role as a Research Fellow and 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 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 inclusive economic 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 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 work on a consultancy basis with a broad portfolio of clients in delivering strategic development, research and communications services.

Clients include The Royal Society of Arts (RSA), National Lottery Heritage Fund, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, GM Mayor’s Office, GM Combined Authority/New Economy, Manchester City Council, The SHARP Project, The University of Salford, 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, 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


Manchester Institute for Arts, Health & Social Change (MIAHSC)

It was great to spend a year back in Manchester, based at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) at MIAHSC and working collaboratively with colleagues from the GM Mayor’s Office, GM Culture, GM Health & Social Care Partnership and Health Innovation Manchester to co-develop Greater Manchester’s response to the emerging national ‘Creative Health’ agenda. There is so …

Basque Country Summer School – ‘Open Innovation’

I was so pleased to be invited to lecture on ‘Open Innovation’ at the Basque Country Summer School 2018, in sunny San Sebastian. It was such a great experience to work with and learn from colleagues from the Basque Country’s Innovation team and the University of the Basque Country’s Agirre Centre, and in particular to …