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The Progressive Policy Think Tank


Sarah leads IPPR North's research on people, place and power.

 She is currently developing our work on ‘Taking Back Control’, a 3-year programme to co-create new ways for citizens to hold local and national governments to account.    

Her areas of expertise include:

  • regional and local economic development – including development and implementation
  • programme and project evaluation 
  • economic growth 
  • planning and housing policy 
  • alternative public policy discourses including economic resilience, shrinkage and human capabilities

Sarah is a skilled qualitative researcher with a PhD in Urban Studies from the University of Glasgow. Her PhD research, funded by the ESRC, examined the impact of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on housing supply. Using case study analysis in Cambridge and Middlesbrough, she  examined the narrative of economic growth and its impact on local planning policy.  

Before joining IPPR North, Sarah worked for the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) leading on their research work on place resilience, welfare reform and the Future City Game.  Her work also included an international research project with the Norfolk Trust, which examined resilience in new communities in Latin America, Asia and Europe.  

Recent work