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Max Nathan.

Max Nathan


Expertise: urban economics, innovation, immigration and diversity, economic development policy


Dr Max Nathan is Associate Professor in Applied Urban Sciences at UCL, and an Associate in CEP's Urban Programme. He is an economic geographer with a background in public policy. His research focuses on urban economic development, in particular innovation systems and clusters; the economics of immigration and diversity; and public policy for cities. Much of his work focuses on the technology and creative sectors. Max has over 15 years’ public policy experience in think tanks, consultancy and government, including at DCLG as an ESRC-DCLG funded policy advisor. 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.

Current areas of research include:

  • Economics of immigration and cultural diversity, in particular the effects of diverse cities, communities and teams on productivity, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Economics of innovation systems and clusters, especially in tech and creative industries
  • Public policy for cities, especially policy design and evaluation
  • Post-COVID cities, and changing geographies of economic activity