Bert joined the Urban Institute at the University of Sheffield in 2016, and contributes as a scholar-activist to the Jam and Justice project, part of the ESRC Urban Transformations Programme. Key areas of the project include: collaboratively establishing 10 action research projects as part of an Action Research Collective (ARC); producing alternative visions for Greater Manchester; assessing the viability of co-production in challenging existing governance forms; and understanding the scalability of the commons.
He is interested in systemic social change, the framing of political discourse, alternative forms of democracy, and the organization of the commons. He is also a member of the UK organization Plan C.
Bert obtained degrees from the University of Leeds BA (2006); MA (2008); and PhD (2012). He previously worked at the University of Liverpool as a Lecturer in the Power, Space and Cultural Change research cluster.