Livesey has been director of the master of philosophy (MPhil) in public policy (MPP), a program he helped set up in 2013. Prior to this, he was acting director of the MPhil in technology policy at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and director of the Centre for Industry and Government at the Institute for Manufacturing within the Department of Engineering from 2004 to 2011. Prior to his academic work, Livesey spent five years in industry working to develop new technologies with Olivetti Research Labs and Cambridge Consultants. He trained in physics (University College Cork, Ireland) and Computer Science (University of Cambridge). Livesey has earned a master’s degree in public policy at the Kennedy School (Harvard University) and a PhD in industrial economics and policy (University of Cambridge).