Paul looks at how art holds a mirror up to a gloomy economy…

Paul BuchananPaul has recently co-authored a study which examines how the frequency of words expressing misery and unhappiness in books reflects the economic conditions in the years prior to the work’s composition. The report, published in online journal PLoS ONE suggests a strong correlation! Paul has commented “The results suggest quite clearly that, contrary to post-modern literary theory, literature serves a purpose.  It informs people about the human condition, and the content adapts to the conditions of the time.” The report has proved popular with the press and has featured in all the major UK broadsheets and the New York Times. Read the Times’ write up here or the full report here.

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Ellie is a partner at Volterra, specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, and manages many of the company’s projects on economic impact, regeneration, transport and development.

With thirteen years experience at Volterra delivering high quality projects to clients across the public and private sector, Ellie has expertise in developing methods of estimating economic impact where complex issues exist with regards to deadweight, displacement and additionality.

Ellie has significant experience in estimating the economic impact across all types of property development including residential, leisure, office and mixed use schemes.

Project management of recent high profile schemes include the luxury hotel London Peninsula, Battersea Power Station and the Nova scheme at London Victoria. Ellie has also led studies across the country estimating the economic and regeneration impact of proposed transport investments, including studies on HS2 and Crossrail.

Ellie holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Cambridge.