Max is a Deputy Director at the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth, where he oversees the academic strand of the Centre’s work.
Max is also Senior Birmingham Fellow in Regional Economic Development at the University of Birmingham and an associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE. He has over 15 years’ experience working in think tanks, consultancy and public policy, most recently at DCLG as an ESRC-DCLG Senior Policy Adviser, covering migration, localism, regeneration and economic development issues. In 2004 Max helped set up the Centre for Cities think tank, where he ran the research programme for three years.
Max’s main research interests lie in the economics of cultural diversity (exploring long term effects on urban economies, and links between migrant communities, diversity and business performance); the economics of innovation (the micro-foundations of innovative activity, the digital economy, and comparative analysis of high-tech regions); and public policy for cities (especially urban and city-regional governance).
Max is also an Associate at the Centre for London, IZA and NIESR.