Geoff is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT, but is primarily based in the UK as Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Reading. He is a former Head of the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations and former Head of the Department of Economics at Reading. Before joining the academic world, Geoff was an Economic Advisor at the UK Treasury and research director of a private sector economic consultancy. He was awarded an OBE for his research in the 2007 New Year Honours List and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics. He is Corresponding Editor of the international journal Urban Studies and is a member of the editorial boards of a number of other academic journals.
Geoff’s specialist areas of research are quantitative analysis of housing markets at different spatial scales and issues of spatial segregation and poverty. He is currently working on the home-ownership problems of the younger generation and on issues of long-run urban change, dating back to the 19th century. He has published in most of the major international journals in his field – see a full list of Geoff’s publications in international journals. Geoff has worked closely with UK government departments over the years, for example, leading a large team modelling problems of affordability. He has also carried out research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the UK Economic and Social Research Council amongst other organisations. He is a co-investigator at the University of Glasgow Urban Big Data Centre, working on problems of migration and is also currently conducting modelling research for the UK Department of Communities and Local Government.
As a regular visitor to Melbourne, Geoff works with staff in RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research. Currently, he is collaborating with Professors Jago Dodson and Gavin Wood, and Dr Melek Cigdem, on an AHURI-funded project entitled “Housing Policies, Labour Force Participation and Economic Growth”. Geoff tries to be in Australia for about a month each year.