Dr David Arkell

Senior Research Fellow

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management, leadership and law

Dr David Arkell is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute for Management Practice (IIMP).


David's research and practice is interdisciplinary. Following music and geography (first degree), he converted, through Masters degrees in civil engineering, transport planning, management and marketing, to a focus on promoting the sustainable built environment.

Working as Head of Service at Cambridgeshire County Council he brokered strategic partnerships of industry, government and education to raise some £27m of EU and match funding to pioneer smart cities thinking and large scale projects. In 2004 he founded and was director of SmartLIFE (educating and promoting to students, industry and professionals in joined-up ways of working in modern methods of construction and renewable energy technologies); with two centres in Cambridge and one in Hamburg and another in Malmö, a substantial international partnership proved influential.

Building on the SmartLIFE successes over recent years, he has been the originator and promoter of a multi-million pound enterprise and skills park in Cambridge which connects start-ups, SMEs and social enterprises in clean-tech and environmental fields.

He has successfully worked in partnership with Lord Ashcroft International Business School and IIMP to draw down external funding from the Intellectual Property Office and a Smart City demonstrator agency to deliver high profile results.

David has a PhD in corporate strategy, specialising in reflective practice into emotions in organizations. He has been supervising doctorate students at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School for some years and is a tutor at Cambridge University's Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment Master's degree course. He is also an occasional external examiner for Cambridge University's master's dissertations in engineering and architecture disciplines.