Oliver Harman is a is a Cities Economist for the International Growth Centre (IGC) based at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. He is working with Paul Collier, Ed Glaeser, Tony Venables and Priya Manwaring on the IGC’s Cities that Work initiative, developing a network of economists, urban planning practitioners and policymakers to translate economic research into clear urban policy guidance.
Oliver holds an MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in International Business, Finance and Economics from the University of Manchester. Prior to joining the Cities that Work team Oliver was an Overseas Development Institute Fellow working for the Ministry of Communities in Guyana on local government, regional development, decentralisation and housing.
His current research areas include urban land use and planning, public infrastructure and service provision, housing markets, urban employment and firm development, and municipal finance.