making sense of place economics

Meet the GENECON team

Ken Coupar

Senior Consultant

Ken Coupar is a planning, policy and research professional with a background in local economic development, housing, and strategic planning. Ken combines well-developed research skills with an in-depth knowledge of policy issues in the field.

Since joining GENECON in 2013, Ken has gained partiuclar experience in the preparation and appraisal of investment business cases for economic growth projects.  He worked on the successful case to Government for a new Enterprise Zone in Derby, business growth facilities in Greater Manchester and the North East and a 1,350 unit residential development in Scarborough.

Ken is closely involved in GENECON's work for Local Enterprise Partnerships, including ongoing work to advise on project development and business case appraisal for transport and economic growth investments.  Ken plays a key role in this respect for Sheffield City Region LEP under the SCRIF investment fund. He is also closely involved with the appraisal of Regional Growth Fund investments under the Textile Growth Fund, a £32m fund to support SME growth in the textile sector in the North West.

Ken is experienced in reviewing and synthesising economic policy and defining key drivers for economic strategy and action planning. He is also experienced in analysing and presenting complex socio-economic data to support policy and strategy development. He has undertaken place-based research to inform economic development strategies for the port of Newhaven, Lansdowne business district in Bournemouth, Northstowe, a 10,000 home new town in Cambridgeshire, and a refreshed economic strategy for Redcar & Cleveland.

Prior to joining GENECON, Ken worked for the Centre for Cities, a leading urban economic think-tank. He contributied to a number of research projects on investment and local economic performance and a policy impact evaluation for the Spatial Research Centre at LSE. He also worked for CABE, the Government's advisor on architecture and urban design.

A Politics graduate, Ken holds an MA with distinction in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Sheffield, the UK's top planning school. He spent four months on the Urban Planning and Management Programme at Aalborg University, Denmark and also worked for a leading planning consultncy in Leeds. Ken is a Licentiate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.


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