An economist by training, Paul Cheshire is Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, working half time. He has a strong interest in policy analysis and policy related fields, and was recently named one of the Planning industry's most influential people. Paul co-edited Handbook of Regional & Urban Economics, Vol. 3: applied urban economics (Amsterdam: North Holland, 1999) with E. S. Mills, and Recent Developments in Urban and Regional Economics (Aldershot: Edward Elgar, 2004) with Gilles Duranton. His latest book is Urban Economics And Urban Policy: Challenging Conventional Policy Wisdom (Edward Elgar, 2014), with Henry Overman and Max Nathan. He is the author/co-author of more than 100 papers and was the 1989 winner of the Donald Robertson Memorial Prize and in 2004 won the Royal Economic Society's Prize for the best paper in the Economic Journal. He won the European Regional Science Association/European investment Banks prize for lifetime contribution to regional science research in 2009. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences and of the Weimer School. He held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2000/01 and was a Visiting Fellow of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in 2002. Apart from his academic work he has spent time as an advisor and as a consultant for the European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD, the UN and other international organisations as well as the UK government, including being a member of the Expert Panel for the Barker Review of the Planning system, and an Academic Friend of the Eddington Transport Study. Until its abolition in 2010 he was a Board member of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit and a member of two of the Department of Communities and Local Government's Expert Panels. He is a member of the Internation Scientific Committee of Nicis and of the conseil scientifique du Grand Paris.