Richard Brown has worked in public policy and research for thirty years – including as a higher education researcher at The Times, local government researcher at the Audit Commission, manager of the Mayor of London’s architecture and urbanism unit, strategy director at London Legacy Development Corporation, and deputy director at Centre for London. 

Richard’s freelance research and writing work has recently included projects on skills, higher education, innovation, the cost-of-living crisis and post-Covid urban policy. He is a regular blogger at, co-author (with Richard Rogers) of ‘A Place for All People’ (Canongate 2018), and co-author and -editor (with Jack Brown and Tony Travers) of ‘London’s Mayor at 20’ (Biteback 2020). Richard is also a non-executive director at London Modern and The Evidence Quarter.