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Oliver is a Senior Researcher in the field of place-based Innovation Policy, working in the Research, Analysis and Policy Team.

A human geographer by training, Oliver is convinced by the necessity to unpick the difference that place makes to the way things happen in the world.

Prior to Nesta, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the in the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, where he was working on the effects of smart city technology on social difference as part of a large, Economic and Social Research Council funded project.

Prior to this, at The Open University, he worked on several short-term projects which looked across the themes of digital technology, innovation and cities. His PhD, also from the Open University, examined food security and food plant seed banking and he has an MA in Cities and Cultures, from Queen Mary, University of London.

Oliver loves cycling and swimming, and on sunny days will often be found by the ponds on Hampstead Heath.