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Luke leads IPPR's work on the UK's regional economies and developing an industrial strategy for the North.
Luke is a Senior Research Fellow at IPPR North. He joined the think-tank in 2013, and has published a wide range of highly-influential research. His focus has been on the economy of the North of England, spatial economics and industrial strategy, but he has also published work in related fields such as skills, transport and devolution.
Before joining IPPR North, Luke worked as an Economic Analyst for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. He conducted research into the city region’s economy, as well as various elements of cities policy and economic development. The focus of his research was on unemployment, skills and wages within the city-region.
Luke has been a Councillor on Manchester City Council since 2012.