Rob Whitehead

Deputy Director, Centre for London

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Rob was Deputy Director (Research) at Centre for London.

Rob Whitehead is Deputy Director (Research) at Centre for London.  He leads on all research for the Centre, and was co-author of 'London's Calling' - Centre for London's inaugural research into social mobility and higher education .

He is a regular commentator on London issues in local, national and international media. Rob has taught at UCL and London Metropolitan universities. Prior to helping establish Centre for London he was head of strategy at the London Development Agency, working on, amongst other things, Olympic financing, worklessness and economic policy.

Rob holds an MBA from Cranfield and EM Lyon. Before his immersion in London policy issues he worked in management roles in the private and not-for-profit sectors in London, Spain, and Latin America.

Rob tweets from @DailyRobbery

London's Calling
Stephen Evans, Rob Whitehead
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Centre for London looks at higher education and social mobility in the capital.

A Tale of Tech City
Rob Whitehead, Emma Vandore, Max Nathan
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This report looks at the future of digital innovation in Inner East London.


East London Tech City

Rob Whitehead, Max Nathan, Emma Vandore, Jess Tyrrell

The plans for East London Tech City have generated a good deal of excitement. But the way ahead is far from clear. This project looks at how these plans can be best achieved, by comparing East London to other international tech based regenerations and by talking directly to entreprenuers.


What's the Future of London's Airports?

Rob Whitehead, Ben Rogers

Expanding London's airports is an apparent necessity, but all plans are now on hold.  How are we going to cope with London's growing air transport needs without building more airports or runways?  Is it possible and will a tightening of capacity slow growth?


London's Calling

Rob Whitehead, Stephen Evans

This project focusses on access to higher education in London's schools and boroughs and looks at high skills as a key economic driver. 


Getting London Working

Rob Whitehead

Despite being one of the most prosperous cities in the world, London has among the UK’s highest rates of worklessness: one in three working age Londoners is out-of-work. What will be the impact of welfare reforms on London and how London can get the best from this new system? How can models of localism and devolution boost employment in the capital?


Olympics Scorecard

Jess Tyrrell, Rob Whitehead

The London Olympics are on track to regenerate a vast swathe of East London, turning a poisonsed industrial site into the biggest new park since Hyde Park, but how will Londoners really benefit and have the goals been met?