James Patterson-Waterston


As an experienced economic development and infrastructure specialist, James leads Vivid Economics’ Cities and Infrastructure practice. He has expertise in net zero cities and the urban decarbonisation transition, 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.
Prior to joining Vivid, James was a consultant with Buro Happold in London and Arup in China, working on large scale urban planning and economic development projects internationally. James has successfully led important projects for clients including the IFC, World Bank, EBRD, IDB, ADB, United Nations, GGGI, and HM Government.

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. He is also undertaking doctoral research, at University College London, into the UK’s proposed Freeport policy. James is a Member of the Institute of Economic Development and an elected Academician of the Academy of Urbanism (AoU).

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