Keith Thorpe currently works in the Cities and Local Growth Directorate at the UK Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in London, providing policy advice, support and coordination on cities and urban policy, including coastal towns and Olympic Legacy. He is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and was appointed an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2008 for his contributions to city planning and urban policy in England.
He has worked in a wide range of research and administrative posts in UK Central Government Departments and Government Regional Offices during his Civil Service career covering housing, city planning, regeneration, and regional economic policy, including serving as Inquiry Secretary to the Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Inquiries (1995-1999). He is a Vice Chair of the OECD’s Urban Working Party and has served as UK delegate to the OECD Regional Development Policy Committee since 2003, participating in numerous peer reviews of city, metropolitan area and urban themed studies. He has recently undertaken work for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in connection with HABITAT III and participated in a Country Review of Armenia.