Paul's research focusses on questions of progressing governance and policy making for better urban development. His PhD research is funded within the Liveable Cities programme. Paul undertook a research project at the CLL in 2017 focussing on the governability of UK city infrastructures. This was part of the ‘Water Energy Food: WEFWEBs’ project funded by the EPSRC.
While studying he has also delivered short projects including: producing a governance submission to the National Infrastructure Commission for UKCRIC Coordination Node; and advisory research on affordable housing in Lima, Peru, through the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE).
Paul's previous work experiences span public policy and programme management to not-for profit sustainability consulting. His prior role was Housing Policy Development Manager, leading a team on city development under growth pressure (Auckland housing supply and affordability) and post-disaster housing recovery (Christchurch housing market), based in New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
He has also worked in central government and Ministerial advisory roles in housing, building and construction policy, and social development. He managed a cross-department initiative to improve the social research and evaluation evidence base. Paul also co-founded and directed Sustainable Cities Trust in Christchurch (NZ), where he delivered a wide range of social and economic development projects for local government and community-based clients.
Paul has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria (Wellington, New Zealand) as a graduate of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG, 2011). He previously completed a Master of Arts (with Distinction) in Sociology and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Political Science and Sociology) at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.