Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies

Staff Profile

Professor David Marlow

David Marlow is a development economist. His 30-year career includes working for overseas governments and UK local and regional institutions.

He was Chief Executive of a local authority in South Yorkshire and the East of England Development Agency (EEDA). 

Third Life Economics

Since 2008, David has operated Third Life Economics (3LE) as a ‘boutique’ economic and leadership development company.

3LE has provided advice and support to more than 30 public, private and third sector clients on: 

  • economic growth strategy
  • project and programme development
  • organisation
  • institutional strengthening 


Most recently, David’s portfolio includes commissions on: 

  • LEP development
  • city deals
  • smart cities
  • community budgets


David is: 

  • the economic development blogger for Regeneration and Renewal
  • a founder member of the Guardian Local Government Advisory Board
  • an Associate of both Ashridge Business School and Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) 

Current work

His current work with CURDS includes: 

  • a LEP Capacity Audit and Needs Assessment
  • a ‘smart specialisation platform’ investigation
  • facilitating a MA module on local and regional strategy