The team

MT photo 2The Programme Director is Michael Trickey ( As well as being the Programme Director  he is also the Wales Adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a leading social policy think-tank. Michael is a former civil servant and arts manager.





DL photoResearch Associate Dr Daria Luchinskaya.  She is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick, and has a background in economics, area studies, and employment research. She is particularly interested in public services provision, education, and the labour market.




Research Assistant Joseph Ogle. Prior to joining WPS2025 he worked as a research economist at the Reserve Bank of India and as an economic consultant in Myanmar. Joseph is based in Cardiff at Cardiff University Business School.



Research Assistant Dr Nikos Kapitsinis. He is an economic geographer specifically interested in examining the interactions between economy, society and space. Nikos has a background in political economy approach to uneven geographical development, geographies of production and globalisation, local development and macroeconomics.



Programme Co-ordinator Frances Riggs. She has worked in various Frances 3companies and charities in an administrative capacity.

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