Steve is a trained educator, writer and researcher. His research interests are currently focussed on urban problems. He is working on a PhD about the nature of community leadership in London and expects to complete his thesis in 2014. He has an MSc in Regional and Urban Planning Studies (London School of Economics) and a BSc in Social Policy (London South Bank University). In 2012 he completed a PGCE in Post-compulsory Education (Institute of Education, University of London). Prior to his academic career, Steve worked for seven years in marketing and communications, in the private sector, voluntary sector and for local government.