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Max Nathan.

Max Nathan


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

32L 2.26 A


Dr Max Nathan is Associate Professor in Applied Urban Sciences at UCL, and an Associate in CEP's Urban Programme. 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. He also co-founded the Centre for Cities think tank, where he ran the research programme, and the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, where he was Deputy Director. Max is also a Research Fellow at IZA.

Current areas of research include:

  • 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.