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Kate Penney

Research Fellow at The Productivity Institute

Research Theme: Regional productivity


Kate is a Research Fellow for The Productivity Institute at the Alliance Manchester Business School. Her focus is on regional productivity.

Prior to this Kate has had roles with the University of Sheffield and Oxford University as a Research Associate working on projects that were interested in regional inequalities.  Her research interests include power dynamics and decision making, governance and examining the economic and social conditions of so-called left behind places. 

Kate has managed education and research projects in both Further and Higher Education, including for the Economic and Social Research Council, Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, Nesta, European Commission, the Education and Skills Funding Agency and Job Centre plus.