Professor Anne Green

Professor Anne Green

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Professor of Regional Economic Development

After completing an undergraduate degree in geography, Anne has spent nearly all of her career conducting applied research of relevance to academia and policy in research centres/ institutes in the higher education sector.

She started her career at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) in Newcastle. Apart from a short stint at the Department for City and Regional Planning in Cardiff she has spent most of her time at the Institute for Employment Research (IER), University of Warwick. She joined the University of Birmingham as Professor of Regional Economic Development in June 2017 in City-REDI (Regional Economic Development Institute).

Her research interests span employment, non-employment, regional and local labour market issues, skills strategies, urban and rural development, migration and commuting, associated policy issues and evaluation.

She has published in high profile journals and has written numerous reports for UK Government Departments and agencies. Anne is experienced in disseminating the results of her research to academic, policy and practitioner audiences.


  • PhD in Employment Research, University of Warwick
  • MLitt in Geography, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • BA (First Class Honours) in Geography, University College London


Anne joined the University of Birmingham in June 2017 from the Institute for Employment Research (IER) at the University of Warwick. A geographer by background, Anne has substantial experience of researching employment change (by sector, occupation and geography), non-employment, skills, regional and local labour market issues, inclusive growth, migration and commuting, and associated policy issues.

Current and recent research concerns:

  • Growth sectors
  • Inclusive growth
  • Labour migration and spatial mobility
  • Skills and local skills strategies
  • Employment change
  • Technological change and implications for employment, skills and training
  • The geography of employment and worklessness
  • Transitions into and within employment
  • Social networks and place attachment
  • Policy evaluation

Most of Anne’s research is applied in nature. Funders have included Government Departments and agencies (the Department for Employment, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Home Office (Migration Advisory Committee), Foresight at the Government Office for Science, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the other national and sub-national agencies. Internationally, Anne’s research has been funded by the OECD and the European Commission.

Anne has contributed to evaluations of welfare-to-work programmes and area-based initiatives and led the national evaluation of the City Strategy initiative. In 2016 she led a study on inclusive growth for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation focusing on international cities. She has also undertaken research funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on linking people in poverty to jobs, low pay and progression, what labour market projections mean for different ethnic groups, and on young people and place attachment. A recent Economic and Social Research Council project was concerned with ‘Harnessing Growth Sectors for Poverty Reduction’. ‘Other recent and current research projects focus on local skills strategies and on productivity and low-pay.’


Anne has previous experience of teaching on post-experience courses on employment and labour market research.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Spatial dimensions of employment change  and local labour market issues
  • Skills
  • Migration and geographical mobility
  • Inclusive growth


Research interests

  • Employment change (by sector, occupation and geography), non-employment, skills, regional and local labour market issues, skills strategies, inclusive growth, migration and commuting, urban and regional development, and associated policy issues 

Selected current and recent projects

  • Evaluation of Connecting Communities (West Midlands Combined Authority)
  • Fair Work in the Foundational Economy (Bevan Foundation)
  • Innovative Healthcare in the Marches (Marches Local Enterprise Partnership)
  • Productivity from Below: Addressing the productivity challenges of microbusinesses (ESRC)
  • Employment Support Framework: Desk-based research (West Midlands Combined Authority)
  • Business, Professional and Financial Services outside London (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
  • From productivity to prosperity: Inclusive growth for the West Midlands (ESRC)
  • UK Futures Programme: Longer-term Evaluation (Productivity Insights Network)
  • Skills Advisory Panels Feasibility Study (Department for Education)
  • Investigation into the Foundations of Productivity for Business, Professional and Financial Services in the West Midlands Combined Authority Area (West Midlands Combined Authority)
  • Rural Workforce Response to the NHS Workforce Strategy to 2027 (Health Education England via United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust)
  • Local Skills Study (Department for Education)
  • Do low-paid workers gain when firm productivity increases? (Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
  • Migration in the UK Construction and Built Environment Sector (Construction Industry Training Board)
  • Precarious pathways to employment for young people? Unpaid, temporary and involuntary part-time work in transitions from education to employment (ESRC)
  • Harnessing growth sectors for poverty reduction (ESRC)
  • International policy and practice review: how do cities lead an inclusive growth agenda?(Joseph Rowntree Foundation)
  • QUINNE – promoting understanding of how better work leads to innovation and more and better jobs (Horizon 2020, European Commission)
  • UK Skills System – three evidence papers on (1) training, employability and gaps in provision, (2) how aligned are public policy and employer views of evidence provision, and (3) local skills traps (Skills and Lifelong Learning Evidence Review, Foresight, Government Office for Science)
  • Local job creation (OECD)
  • ICT4EMPL – ICT for Employment (European Commission)
  • CROWDEMPLOY - Emerging forms of ICT-enabled employment organisation and finance, and the potential impact on employability in the networked society (European Commission)
  • Talent Match Evaluation and Learning Contract (contributor to a larger project commissioned by the Big Lottery)

Other activities

Anne currently holds/ has held a range of expert roles:

  • Member of Employment Support Framework Taskforce for the West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Member of Technical Reference Group for the West Midlands Combined Authority Productivity and Skills Commission (Lead on Skills)
  • Expert for the OECD’s Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) programme
  • Expert Panel member – UK Commission for Employment and Skills
  • Lead Expert Group member for Government Office for Science Foresight project on ‘The Future of Manufacturing’
  • Contributor to Government Office for Science project on ‘The Future of Skills and Lifelong Learning’
  • Expert Panel member – Department for Communities and Local Government Economic Regeneration Panel
  • Advisory Committee/ Network member for Royal Society of Arts’ Commission on Inclusive Growth  and member of Joseph Rowntree Foundation Network on Inclusive Growth
  • Member of the Royal Geographical Society Policy Advisory Group
  • Member of the Wolverhampton Skills and Employment Commission
  • Member of West Midlands Combined Authority Employment Support Taskforce

Other professional positions:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • Fellow of the Regional Studies Association
  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Previous academic research positions at:

  • Institute for Employment Research (IER), University of Warwick
  • Department of City and Regional Planning, University of Cardiff
  • Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), University of Newcastle upon Tyne


TAYLOR, A., GREEN, A., MATSU, J., O’FARRELL, L., READ, H., COE, G., BRITTAIN, B. and BRAMLEY, G. (2022) Investing in Regional Equality: Lessons from four cities, CIPFA. 

GREEN, A. and TAYLOR, A. (2022) ‘Getting the right skills in place for manufacturing: challenges and opportunities’ in Bryson J.R., Billing C., Graves W. and Yeung G. (eds.) A Research Agenda for Manufacturing Industries in the Global Economy, Edward Elgar, pp. 91-112. ISBN 9781789908503

GREEN, A., RILEY, R., SMITH, A., BRITTAIN, B. and READ H. (2021) The Future Business District, Colmore BID and City-REDI, University of Birmingham.

TAYLOR, A. and GREEN, A. (2021) ‘How well equipped are national surveys to capture new approaches to training?’, Journal of Education and Work 34(5-6), 676-690. DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2021.1969344

GREEN, A., ROSSITER, W., TAYLOR, A., HOOLE, C., RILEY R., KARAGOUNIS, K. and PUGH, A. (2021) Mapping the architecture of economic development policy and strategy across the Midlands Engine panregion, Report for Midlands Engine.

GREEN, A., PARKE, C., HOOLE, C. and SEVINC, D. (2021) ‘Unlocking inclusive growth by linking micro assets to anchor institutions: the case of skilled overseas migrants and refugees and hospital jobs’, European Urban and Regional Studies 28(4), 450-465.DOI: 10.1177/09697764211014231

GREEN, A. and RILEY, R. (2021) ‘Implications for places of remote working’ in Wheatley D., Hardill I. and Buglass S. (ed.) Handbook of Research on Remote Work and Worker Well-Being in the Post Covid-19 Era, IGI Global, pp. 161-180. ISBN: 9781799867548

GREEN, A., SISSONS, P., BROUHGTON, K. and QAMAR, A. (2021) ‘Public policy for addressing the low-skills low-wage trap: insights from business case studies in the Birmingham city-region’, Regional Studies 55(2), 333-344. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2020.1802005

BILLING C., BEVAN R., GREEN A., KITSOS T., PUGH A., BRITTAIN B., SCHWARZ J., COLLINSON S., ORTEGA-ARGILES R., BRAMLEY G., RILEY R. and MOORE J. (2021) The West Midlands Space Sector: strengths, underpinning assets and market opportunities, Report for the UK Space Agency, City-REDI/WMREDI, University of Birmingham.

RILEY, R., BILLING, C., BRAMLEY, G., GREEN, A., HOOLE C. and TAYLOR, A. (2020) ‘Professional & Business Services Sector: Creating Further Demand and Growth Outside London’, BEIS Research Paper Number 2020/006.

GREEN, A. (2019) ‘Low-skilled employment in a new immigration regime: challenges and opportunities for business transitions’, National Institute Economic Review 248, R17-R27.

SEVINC, D., GREEN, A., BRYSON, J., COLLINSON, S., RILEY, R. and ADDERLEY, S. (2020) ‘Ensuring skills are available in the right locations: are we there yet? A regional analysis of qualification gaps’, Regional Studies 54(8), 1149-1159. DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2020.1740190 (published online 21 April 2020)

MATHIEU, C., WRIGHT, S., BOETHIUS, S. and GREEN, A. (2020) ‘Innovations on a shoestring: Consequences for job quality of public service innovations in health and social care’, European Journal of Workplace Innovation 5(2), 4-30.

GREEN, A. (2020) Spatial inequalities in access to Good Work, The Work Foundation, Lancaster University Management School.

LYONS, H., TAYLOR, A. and GREEN, A. (2020) Rising to the UK’s Skills Challenges, Industrial Strategy Council, London.

DAMM, C., GREEN, A. and WELLS, P. (2020) Talent Match Evaluation: Comparative Report, CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.

DAMM, C., GREEN, A., PEARSON, S., SANDERSON, E., WELLS, P. and WILSON, I. (2020) Talent Match Evaluation: A Final Assessment, CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.

GREEN, A., STANFIELD, C. and BRAMLEY, G. (2019). Evaluation of co-designed programmes for boosting productivity: a follow-up of selected UK Futures Programme projects.

Sissons, P., Green, A. and Broughton, K. (2019) Inclusive Growth in English Cities: mainstreamed or sidelined? Regional Studies. DOI:10.1080/00343404.2018.1515480 

Orton, M., Green, A., Atfield, G. and Barnes, S.-A. (2019) Employer participation in active labour market policy: from reactive gatekeepers to proactive strategic partners. Journal of Social Policy 48 (3), 511-528DOI:10.1017/S0047279418000600

Green, A.E., Sissons, P., Qamar, A. and Broughton, K. (2018) Raising Productivity in Low-Wage Sectors and Reducing Poverty. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Green, A.E. (2018) Skills. Birmingham: West Midlands Combined Authority.

Lee, N., Green, A., Green, A., Sissons, P. (2018). Low-pay sectors, earnings mobility and economic policy in the UK. Policy and Politics 46 (3), 347-369.

Sissons, P., Green, A.E. and Lee, N. (2018) Linking the sectoral employment structure and household poverty in the United Kingdom, Work, Employment and Society.32 (6), 1078–1098

Sissons, P. and Green, A.E. (2017) More than a match? Assessing the HRM challenge of engaging employers to support retention and progression, Human Resource Management Journal (27 (4), 565-580.

Green, A.E. and Hogarth, T. (2017) Attracting the best talent in the context of migration policy changes: the case of the UK, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 43 (16), 43(16), 2806-2824.

Green, A. (2017) Understanding the drivers of internal migration, in Champion, T., Cooke, T. and Shuttleworth, I. (2017) Internal Migration in the Developed World: Area We Becoming Less Mobile? Abingdon: Routledge, 31-55.

Green, A.E., Kispeter, E., Sissons, P. and Froy, F. (2017) How International Cities lead an Inclusive Growth Agenda. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Green, A. (2017) Implications of technological change and austerity for employability in urban labour markets, Urban Studies 54 (7): 1638-1654. 

Adam, D., Atfield, G. and Green, A.E. (2017) What works? Policies for employability in cities, Urban Studies 54 (5), 1162-1177.

Green, A.and Livanos, I. (2017) Involuntary non-standard employment in Europe, European Urban and Regional Studies 24 (2), 175-192.

Green, A., Hogarth, T., Thom, G., MacLeod, K., Warhurst, C., Willis, R. and Mackay, S. (2017) Local skills case study, Department for Education Research Report 673. (ISBN: 978-1-78105-741-4)

Adam, D. and Green, A. (2016) Soft spaces and soft outcomes: Experiences from City Strategy on local partnership working and measures of success. Environment and Planning A48 (8), 1514-1531.

Green, A., Atfield, G and Purcell, K (2016) Fuelling displacement and labour segmentation in low-skilled jobs? Insights from a local study of migrant and student employment, Environment and Planning A 48 (3), 577-593.

Wilson, R., Owen, D., Green, A., Sofroniou, N., Beaven, R., May-Gillings, M., Perkins, S. and Pirie, J. (2016) Working Futures 2014-2024. Wath-upon-Dearne: UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

White, R.J. and Green, A.E. (2015) The importance of socio-spatial influences in shaping young people's employment aspirations: case study evidence from three British cities, Work, Employment and Society 29 (2), 295-313. 

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Employment and skills, Labour markets, Inclusive growth, Regional economic development, Urban and rural economic development, Migration, Commuting, Productivity, Employability, Public policy