After several years as the Urban Transformations & Foresight Future of Cities Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow, Dr Headlam is curretly on secondment to the Civil Service .
She will be leading strategy development for the Northern Powerhouse. She will be seeking to put into practice an evidence-based policy for the north building on her research interests on knowledge mobilisation for urban transformation. Prior to this she has worked for 20 years on issues relating to the translation of research into policy and is an adaptable urbanist, media commentator and author. Her expertise is in comparative city governance, economic development, regeneration and urban policy and the networks that enable human flourishing.
Her core research interests include: the role of public agencies in place, specifically sub-national spatial and urban policy, and the role of leadership and partnerships. Nicola is passionate about the role of universities in public policy and practice and is a founding member of the Urbanista UK network for women involved in positive urban change.