I have a PhD in political-economic geography from the University of Durham, UK, and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, UK. Currently, I am a Lecturer in Innovation Management in the Management School at the University of Liverpool (ULMS). Between 2012 and 2014 I was a SAMS/ESRC/UKCES Management and Business Development Fellow in ULMS. My Fellowship allowed me to return to academia after ten years working in Brussels, Belgium as a practitioner involved in EU lobbying, government affairs and consultancy. I was a Senior Expert in Regional Development at ADE, a public policy consultancy, based in Brussels, Belgium; I led various studies and evaluations on behalf of the European Commission, particularly DG Regio, exploring the role and effectiveness of ERDF in promoting economic development across the EU. Prior to ADE, I spent five years working as a policy practitioner for Yorkshire Forward, an English Regional Development Agency, heading up their Brussels Office. Before moving to Brussels after completing my PhD, I spent five years working in the School of Geography at the University of Manchester; my research focused on comparative urban and regional economic development in Europe. I was involved in a number of academic and public policy research projects and studies for a range of clients including the UK Government, British Academy, UK Economic and Social Research Council and the European Commission.