Welcome to Peter Lloyd Associates

Professor Peter Lloyd

Professor Peter E Lloyd



Personal profile: 


Peter is a highly experienced and much travelled senior academic. He also had a second career as a Technical Director in a public policy consultancy. He retired from full-time work in 2011 to become a carer at home for his wife Ros who suffers from dementia. This ended in September 2017 on her admission to full-time residential care.  

As an academic at the Universities of Queensland, Manchester and finally Liverpool, Peter covered the full spectrum of HE roles.  He left Higher Education in 2001 as Professor of Urban Geography, Head of the Department of Geography and Dean of the Faculty of Social and Environmental Studies.


In parallel with teaching and administration, Peter ran series of academic research units - NWIRU, CURID and CRED - all of which carried out work on local and regional development with an emphasis on policy evaluation.  For over 20 years Peter has supplied academic expertise to the European Commission and the OECD. He is still active in this role with new work on “The Digital Transformation and Governance (EC JRC) and Future Work and Local Skills Policy (OECD – LEED).


Written output over the 40-year academic career included Location in Space and Modern Western Society (co-authored with Peter Dicken) and over 100 academic papers.  Academic interests shifted over time but were always in the broad fields of local economic development, the social economy and local skills policies.  It has been a great privilege for him to see Doctoral students and former Research Assistants rise to become world leaders in the field.


The second career that began in 2001 saw him seconded from Liverpool University to Enterprise PLC (formerly Lancashire Enterprises Ltd) in Preston.  Later he started his own private consultancy business - Peter Lloyd Associates - before being head-hunted by Ecorys UK (part of a Dutch-based international consultancy Ecorys) as a Technical Director.


Peter went on to establish the company’s European Policy Division and was its first Director from 2005-2008. He also had a special role as coach on strategy-making for the company Most of the professional consultancy work was for the European Commission on local employment, education and skills policy.  This came to an end in 2011 with his wife’s illness.


In September 2017 Peter was able to take up an active professional role again and restored the link with OECD-LEED on designing local skills strategies. He has recently been invited to participate in the research programme on ‘The Digital Transformation - Governance of Human Societies’ within the JRC Centre for Advanced Studies of the EU. He is a Public Advisor with ARC NW, an NIHR initiative linking university expertise to health professionals on the ground in local settings.


During the COVID-19 lockdown, along with Michael Blakemore, he has produced eight papers (available here in Papers and Blogs). They follow the progression of events from precursors through lockdown to unlocking and on to deep recession and socially unequal outcomes. A new book  "The Covid-19 Experience in England: Eight Essays on the Pandemic and its Management" is now available on Papers and Blogs.