Gareth Potts

Gareth is currently looking to establish an organization to exchange international best practice around ways to sustain community and civic assets such as parks, libraries and museums. Prior to arriving in Detroit he undertook a German Marshall Fund international Urban and Regional Policy Fellowship (in the Twin Cities, Detroit and Baltimore) looking at these same issues. Before coming to the US Gareth worked in central government as a policy advisor in the Cabinet Office (Office for Civil Society and Strategy Unit). He holds a Ph.D. in economic geography (the role of universities in regional economic development), as well as a first degree in social policy and administration and a Masters in civic design (urban planning). Follow him on Twitter @garethpotts1.

An Englishman in the D - first impressions

My (American) wife likes to introduce me as her English Husband. It’s understandable enough – I am indeed English and, after a nice vase, am probably her most treasured possession from her time in London. Various questions follow her intro’s: do you like it? do you feel at home? are you Australian (they’re not always paying … Continue Reading →