Julia Bird

Senior Economist

Julia is a senior economist working in the Cities and Infrastructure and Earth Observation practice groups. She has substantial experience working on urbanisation, special economic zones,  sustainable development and geospatial and big data analytics.

Julia spent over a decade working in academia and in the public sector. She previously worked for the University of Oxford on ‘Urbanisation in Developing Countries’, using both spatial CGE modelling and spatial econometrics to better understand the growth processes of African cities. She worked as a consultant on multiple research projects for the World Bank, including in East Africa, Bangladesh, Central Asia and Brazil.

Julia has a PhD in Economics from Toulouse School of Economics (France), and a BA in Economics from Cambridge University.

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