James has been engaged in international urban development projects for ten years, both for the private sector and local and national governing authorities.
He has expertise in urban and regional economic strategy development; feasibility studies; implementation planning; spatial and master planning; sustainable urban development; and area-based economic assessment. James has frequently lectured on urban economic development and cities at Imperial College London, LSE Cities and as a guest lecturer at Columbia GSAPP.
James has successfully led important projects for clients including the International Financial Corporation, World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United Nations, HM Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Irish Aid. James is a Member of the Institute of Economic Development, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an elected Academician of the Academy of Urbanism (AoU).
James holds an MPhil in Environmental Planning from the University of Cambridge as well as an MSc in Construction and Development Economics from University College London. Additionally, James holds a BA (Hons) in Architecture from the University of Liverpool.