UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Francesca Froy

Francesca Froy is a Research Associate at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP).

Francesca Froy
Until 2015, Francesca was a senior policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where she led international reviews on local policy implementation and governance.

She has extensive experience of analysing and promoting public sector innovation at the city and regional level, with a particular focus on economic development and employment policies. She was part of the drafting team for the OECD Skills Strategy and helped prepare a set of Principles for Local Job Creation which were adopted by G20 labour ministers in 2014. 

Since being back in the UK, projects have included an international evidence review of inclusive cities for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and a review of how infrastructure can better support place-making for the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Francesca lectures on local economic development at both UCL and the London School of Economics (LSE), and her articles have been published in the Oxford Review of Economic Policy and European Planning Studies amongst other journals.

She has a BSc in Anthropology and an MSC in Spatial design: Architecture and Cities. She is currently pursuing a PhD at UCL’s Space Syntax Lab on whether the spatial configuration of cities influences the operation of agglomeration economies.

Selected publications

Journal articles