Rebecca has a career that has spanned, public, private and university sector roles in research and intelligence provision. She was previously Head of Research at the North-West Regional Development Agency (RDA), responsible for research and intelligence services and the Regional Intelligence Unit. Whilst in that role she chaired the national Office for National Statistics Regional Presence Programme, was Vice Chair of the Associate of Regional Observatories, a member of the Cross Departmental Skills Group and the government Managing Information Across Partners Task Force.
After the closure of the RDA, Rebecca set up her own consultancy, delivering economic development research services to Local Authorities and private sector companies. This led to being appointed by Idox, a software house building solutions for government and industry to head up their information services. In this role she had major contracts with central government, the Greater London Authority, Scottish Skills Development, Scottish Enterprise, Irish Universities Association, Welsh Government, Eurofound and many other partners.
Rebecca joined the University of Birmingham to set up the City Region Economic Development Institute (CityREDI) with an aim to build a distinctive local, regional, national and international research platform through the development of a Birmingham approach to understanding and facilitating growth in city regions. This new systemic approach to identifying and conceptualising the inter-dependencies within and between regional economies is providing new opportunities for understanding, conceptualising, modelling, evaluating and comparing economic activity and business trends at the city-region level.