Bachelor of Science geography, Bristol University, 1979. Master of Science Town Planning, Cardiff University, 1981. Doctor of Philosophy Economics, Reading University, 1987.
Lecturer Glasgow University, Glasgow, 1984—1987, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, 1987—1991, senior lecturer, 1991—1995, professor, 1995—1996. Professor and research director-department of Urban studies Glasgow University, since 1996. Consultant Organization Economic Cooperative and Development, 2000, Scottish Executive, 1999, Office Deputy Prime Minister, 2002, European Commission, 2005—2008, United Kingdom Government, 2005—2008, United Nations, 2007.
Member of Royal Town Planning Institute.
Married Elizabeth Turok, May 30, 1997. Children: Craig, Laura, Caitlin, Erin.