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Marcus Johns

Marcus is a Researcher Fellow at IPPR North. Within IPPR North’s core work on devolution, Marcus leads our research on regional economics, local economic development, and transportation. He has delivered a range of work including developing economic tests for levelling up in State of the North 2020/21, assessing the impact of ten years of austerity in the North of England, and assessing 5 years of the Northern Powerhouse. His other published work includes research highlighting how local government can promote decent work which has impacted local policymaking, like employment charters, across the North.

Marcus has TV and radio broadcast experience at local, regional, and national levels. He is a member of the NEON Regional Spokesperson Network and has recently appeared on LBC, BBC North West Tonight, talkRADIO, and ITV Tyne Tees. He regularly writes op-eds on his areas of expertise, and his portfolio can be found here.

Prior to joining IPPR North in 2019, Marcus worked as an Economic Consultant in an independent economic consultancy based in Manchester. In this role, he supported local economic strategies, conducted economic impact assessments for higher education institutions, developed bids for EU structural funds, appraising funding bids for local funding, and support strategies, impact assessments, and appraisals of housing and transport infrastructure.

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