Max is Associate Professor in Applied Urban Sciences at CASA, University College London, and Deputy Director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. He is an economic geographer with a background in public policy. His researchfocuses on urban economic development, in particular the economics of immigration and diversity; innovation systems and tech clusters; and public policy for cities, especially policy design and evaluation. Max has over 15 years’ public policy experience in think tanks, consultancy and government, including at DCLG as an ESRC-DCLG Senior Policy Adviser. Max also co-founded the Centre for Cities, where he ran the early research programme.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in June 2013.