Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Senior Research Consultant

Tel: +44 (0)191 279 0908

Email: michael.johnson@tbr.co.uk


Michael is a labour market economist with substantial expertise in designing and delivering both quantitative and qualitative research methods. He has a thorough knowledge of a range of secondary data sources and their capabilities and is adept at drawing out key messages from complex datasets and presenting these using innovative and engaging techniques.

He leads TBR’s work in the skills research theme and has successfully secured revenue from and overseen the delivery of projects for a range of clients, including The Royal Society, Cornwall Development Company, The Geological Society of London, and Luton Borough Council. He also contributes work to TBR’s other domains; for example, he has designed online surveys for the creative sector and provided market analyses for economic research projects.

Before joining TBR is July 2011, Michael was a senior adviser in One North East’s strategy directorate, specialising in skills and employment research. He played a lead role in the development of Skills and the North East 2011-2016 and its accompanying annual investment plan. He has previously worked as a research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), economic policy officer at Durham County Council, and project assistant at Tees Valley Regeneration.

Michael is a (seemingly perpetual) PhD candidate at Durham University and holds degrees from the universities of East Anglia and Sunderland. He is a serial member of professional organisations, and is currently a member (and director) of the Institute of Economic Development (IED), and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA).

Outside of work, Michael maintains a keen interest in current affairs and community activism. He is treasurer of a social enterprise that manages residential property, a governor of a large comprehensive secondary school, and a director of a credit union, all of which are based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.