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Staff Biography

[Photo: Max NATHAN] Dr Max NATHAN
Research Fellow - Urban Programme
Tel:  020 7955 3591
Email: M.A.Nathan@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.28 H  

Curriculum Vitae PDF 

Expertise: Spatial economics, innovation systems, economics of immigration and diversity, economic development


Max is a Senior Birmingham Fellow (Senior Lecturer) at the University of Birmingham Business School, and a Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. He completed his PHD in economic geography and spatial economics in LSE's Geography Department in 2011. He has over 15 years' experience working in UK think tanks, consultancy and public policy. Most recently he worked at the Department of Communities and Local Government as an ESRC-DCLG Senior Policy Adviser, covering a range of economic development and governance issues. In 2004 Max helped set up the Centre for Cities think tank, where he ran the research programme, and is now a member of the Centre’s Research Advisory Board. Max is also a Research Fellow at IZA.

Current Areas of Research:

Max's research interests are the economics of immigration and diversity; innovation systems, especially tech and creative clusters; and evaluating public policy for cities.

Max is currently leading a series of systematic reviews of local economic development policies. He is also using 'big data' to look at the characteristics and growth drivers of ICT firms in the UK.


  • PhD, London School of Economics 2011
  • MSc, London School of Economics 1998
  • BA(Hons), Oxford University 1997


  • Leverhulme Foundation, An RCT to evaluate the causal impact of Tech Accelerators on Startups (with Olmo Silva and Henry Overman) (£230k)
  • ESRC-DCLG-BIS What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, 2013-2016 (joint with Henry Overman et al) (£3.1m)
  • NESTA Big Data Grant, 2013-2014 ('Exploring the drivers of the UK digital economy', joint with Growth Intel) (£75k)

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