Prof. Michael Parkinson


Michael is Director of the European Institute for Urban Affairs at Liverpool John Moores University. He has acted as adviser on urban affairs to the European Commission, OECD, EUROCITIES, the Department of Communities and Local Government, the National Audit Office, the House of Commons Select Committees, the Core Cities and a range of cities in the UK.  He recently acted as Specialist Adviser to the HoC CLG Select Committee Inquiry into Regeneration. He has generated over £8m in research funds to assess the development of cities, urban policy and regeneration in the UK and Europe. He lectures extensively nationally and internationally. He is a regular contributor to the media. He was made Commander of the British Empire for services to urban regeneration in 2007.

He led for DG Regio of the European Commission the Espon project on ‘Second Tier Cities in Europe: In An Age of Austerity Why Invest Beyond the Capitals?’  He completed in 2010 a major study of the impact of the recession’ The Credit Crunch, Recession, Regeneration, and the North: What’s Happening, What’s Working, What’s Next?’ This updated his original report to government in 2009   ‘The Credit Crunch and Regeneration: Impact and Implications.’ He produced the State of the English Cities’ Report in 2006 for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister – the authoritative analysis of cities in Britain.  He led CLG’s expert panel on Regeneration and Economic Development Analysis until 2010.  He was Director of the ESRC’s Programme on CITIES: Cohesion and Competitiveness, a major five-year research programme involving 25 Universities.