Mark Lang Consulting

Sustainable socio-economic and public policy research.

I am an experienced socio-economic and public policy researcher and over the last 20 years I have held a number of key roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors.


As a consultant I have worked with a broad range of clients to develop strategic responses to strengthening local economies, addressing the social consequences of economic policy making, and devising responses to the ecological crisis, as well as undertaking more general policy-focused research.


I have also undertaken a number of public service roles. I am currently a member of the Welsh Government's Volunteering Cross-Sectoral Leadership Group. Previously, I chaired the First Minister’s Advisory Panel that evaluated the work of the Public Policy Institute Wales between 2013-2016. I was also the first Chair of Glandŵr Cymru the Canal and River Trust in Wales between 2012-2015.

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A New Deal for Self-employment

I was pleased to be asked by the Bevan Foundation to undertake research and write this report on low-income self-employment, which considers what can be done to support those who experience precarious patterns of self-employment.

The End of Social Mobility

Can you Get there From here?

New research for ColegauCymru examines whether current education provision supports social progression and resilience for young people from deprived communities. The report addresses the issues through a series of ‘lenses’, including economic, social, delivery and spatial.

Skyline Report

Project Skyline

I was pleased to be part of the research team supporting Project Skyline, which sought to develop proposals around the transfer of large-scale public land assets to local community custodianship.

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The Llandovery Deep Place Study: A Pathway for Future Generations

The latest Deep Place study, this time undertaken in the rural community of Llandovery, has now been published. Undertaken during 2018-19, the study has attracted both local and national interest in the community and Wales. 


The central research question for the Llandovery Deep Place study remains the same as that asked in previous studies: What type of economy and society do we need to create in Llandovery to achieve economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability over the next generation?

Building a Better Wales

Building a better Wales - lessons from Europe

Undertaken on behalf of ColegauCymru CollegesWales this report, which sets out to explore the relationship between higher level skills and economic resilience, examines how Wales can make the most of the knowledge and experience shared by other European countries.

Going Solo: Understanding Self-Employment in Wales

Going Solo: Understanding Self-Employment in Wales is a report undertaken jointly with Professor Andrew Henley on behalf of the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales. It calls for a major policy review into self-employment by Welsh Government.

Rethinking Growth: Toward the Well-being Economy

Rethinking Growth: Toward the Well-being Economy is a discussion paper co-authored with Professor Terry Marsden, Director of the Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University.

Lansbury Park Deep Place Plan

The Lansbury Park Deep Place Plan was commissioned by Caerphilly County Borough Council and has been supported by Caerphilly Public Services Board. The Plan is now being implemented by the Council and its partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors, with the full involvement of the community.

All Around Us

Pontypool Deep Place Study, undertaken on behalf of the Sustainable Places Research Institute at Cardiff University.

On the Right Track?

Policy paper on the potential impacts of the Cardiff Capital Region Metro Proposals for FSB Wales.

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Dr Mark Lang

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I offer independent consultancy and expert advice in place-based sustainable local economic development and regeneration.

I also offer more general social and public policy research support and advice.

For more information about my work please visit my portfolio pagemy about page to view my full CV, or please get in touch for more information.