He researches and publishes widely on city development and planning. Recent books include Planning Theory (2018: Palgrave), Neoliberal Spatial Governance (2016: Routledge), Soft Spaces of Governance in Europe (with Graham Haughton, Jorge Knieling and Frank Othengrafen, 2015: Routledge) and Displacing the Political: Democratic Deficits in Contemporary European Territorial Governance (with Jonathan Metzger and Stijl Oosterlynck (2014: Routledge).
He is completing a project funded by the Swedish Research Council on Sustainable Urban Development and recently completed projects funded by the UK Government on Cities and Building Information Management. He regular advises government on planning and development issues, particularly around cities and is a member of the Executive Board of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, a government funded delivery body that invests in transport, housing and skills in the city in order to help deliver growth. He is currently writing a book on the impact of digital technologies on cities.