Luke's main areas of expertise include area-based strategy and action planning, sub-national partnership working, business clusters, innovation ecosystems and the drivers of competitiveness, public sector business cases, Green Book appraisal, impact assessment and evaluation.
After completing an MA in globalisation and development, Luke joined SQW in 2001 and has managed the firm's Manchester Office since 2006. Much of his project work to date has focused on innovation and spatial development issues.
He has a long track record of working for a broad range of clients including central government departments, local enterprise partnerships, universities, local councils, private developers and multi-national corporations. Examples of his project work include: an economic impact and demand assessment study for the Alderley Park Task Force, following AstraZeneca's disinvestment at the site; research into the potential economic impacts of HS2 for key sectors of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull economy; an evaluation of the national coalfield regeneration programmes in England; for the Science and Technology Facilities Council, an impact assessment of the Sci-Tech Daresbury campus; and for the University of Manchester and partners, development of a life sciences strategy for Greater Manchester and Cheshire East.