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Ed Cox

Ed Cox

Director, IPPR North

Phone: +44 (0)191 233 9050
Twitter: @edcox_ippr

Areas of expertise:

  • Local and regional economic development
  • Regeneration and tackling neighbourhood deprivation
  • Localism and local government
  • Social enterprise and the voluntary, community and faith sectors
  • Community capability and the role of ‘Big Society’

Ed is an experienced media performer with recent appearances on BBC Breakfast, the Politics Show, BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and local TV and radio stations. He is a regular keynote speaker, chair and contributor to a wide range of national conferences on his areas of expertise. He has written articles for the Guardian, Independent and several local newspapers, and he writes a regular blog for the Local Government Chronicle.

Before joining IPPR in 2009, Ed was Policy Adviser to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, where he played an important role in shaping the Sub-National Review, the Empowerment white paper and other policy themes. In previous roles, Ed has been Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Local Government Information Unit and served as a Commissioner on the Government’s Commission on Integration and Cohesion.

Living in Manchester, Ed’s background lies in community activism. He worked as Co-ordinator of Community Pride Initiative (a voluntary organisation supporting community engagement in neighbourhood renewal in Greater Manchester) and played a leading role in the development and implementation of Community Empowerment Networks in Manchester and Salford. Ed was also a member of the Manchester Local Strategic Partnership Board, for which he wrote the city’s first coordinated Community Engagement Strategy, and continues to be involved in third sector affairs in Manchester as chair of a multi-million-pound community regeneration partnership in his local neighbourhood.



Five Foundations of Real Localism

Author(s) : Ed Cox

22 Nov 2010



Rebalancing the books - 23 Jan 2014

Author(s) : Ed Cox

Countering the capital orthodoxy - 05 Aug 2013

Author(s) : Ed Cox

Taken for granted - 15 Jan 2013

Author(s) : Ed Cox

IPPR's Autumn Statement reaction - 06 Dec 2012

Author(s) : Ed Cox

Policing the commissioners - 16 Aug 2012

Author(s) : Ed Cox