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I am Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling. I was an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, and did my Ph.D at the University of Wales. I have been a Visiting Professor at Florida State University and at the University of Tennessee.
In 2002-2004, I was the only academic member of the UK Department of Trade and Industry's Retail Strategy Group. I am Chair of the Scotland's Towns Group for the Centre for Scottish Public Policy (2009 to date), a board member of IDS Scotland Ltd, the company set up by Scottish Government to oversee Scottish Business Improvement Districts (2009 to date), was a member of the External Advisory Group on the Scottish Government's Town Centre Review (2012-2013) and on the Expert Advisory Group advising the Scottish Government on the lessons to be learned from the Horsemeat Scandal (2013).
I have written widely on retail matters, including supply chains and logistics for retailers and can often be found in the media.
Details of many of these activities can be found on my blog at http://www.stirlingretail.com