Julia Bird

Engagement Manager

Julia works in the Cities and Infrastructure and Growth and Development practice groups. She has expertise in urbanisation, trade, sustainable development, economic modelling, and geospatial and big data analytics. Julia has previously lectured in econometrics and development economics, and has published articles in leading economics journals.

Julia has over a decade’s experience as an economist in academia and consulting. She has delivered a number of high profile projects, including research on the trade and prosperity implications of the Belt and Road Initiative in Central Asia, a recent flagship World Bank report on the development potential of one of the world’s mega cities, Dhaka, and work for the UK Government on barriers to international trade and investment. Julia has successfully managed projects for clients including the World Bank, the European Commission, the Department for International Trade and the FCDO.

Julia’s work has been applied in many regions of the world, from Brazil, to East Africa, to Bangladesh and Central Asia. She joined Vivid in April 2019, following a research post at the University of Oxford. She holds a PhD in Economics from Toulouse School of Economics.

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