Department of Economics,

Lancaster University Management School,

Lancaster University,

Lancaster LA1 4YX


Office phone   + 44 1524 594215

Office fax       + 44 1524 594244

Home phone   + 44 1524 770767

Mobile phone  + 44 7969 191043




DATE OF BIRTH: 26 April 1958


MARITAL STATUS  Married (1987), three children (b. 1991, 1992 and 1994)


NATIONALITY: BRITISH (Passport number 103865970)




Main employment:


Professor of Economics, Lancaster University, 2000-date.

Reader in Economics, Lancaster University, 1999.

Senior Lecturer in Economics, Lancaster University, 1992-1999.

Lecturer (B) in  Economics,  Lancaster  University, 1989-1992.

Lecturer (A) in  Economics,  Lancaster  University, 1982-1989.


Concurrent appointments:


Visiting Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College (New Hampshire), 3 months during 1999.


Visiting  Professor  of  Economics,  Lehigh  University (Pennsylvania), 1984,1987 and 1989  (total period of 12 months).

Visiting Research Scientist, Lehigh University, 1 month, 1990.


Visiting Fellow, Economics Program, Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University, 3 months, 1995.


Honorary Visiting Professor, Beijing Normal University, 2004-2009.


Associate Fellow, ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), Universities of Oxford, Warwick and Cardiff, 2005-date.


Associate Fellow, Advanced Institute of Management (AIM), 2007-date.









BSc:    Economics and Government, University of Bath, Upper Second Class Honours, 1980.


MSc:    Regional Economics, University of Lancaster, Awarded with Distinction, 1981.


PhD:    'The  occupational  mobility  of  unemployed labour',    Lancaster  University,    1987.

            (Registration for this degree was initially at  University  College  Cardiff, 1981-82.)


Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement in Coaching and Mentoring, Lancaster University, 2007, passed             with credit.





Economics LTSN Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2003

Lancaster University Staff Prize for Teaching, 2006


‘One of the world’s pioneering academic podcasters’, Guardian 17 August 2005.





Economics of education

Spatial labour markets





Courses currently taught:


Part 1 Economics

MBA economics

MSc economics










An exploratory analysis of the cost structure of higher education in England, Department for Education and Skills (with J. Johnes, P. Lenton, E. Thanassoulis and A. Emrouznejad),





Fundamentals of Labor Economics, Houghton Mifflin (with T.J. Hyclak and R.J. Thornton), pp. xvii+523. Second edition 2013, pp.xvi+506




The Economics of Education, Macmillan, pp.xv+247 (subsequently translated into Spanish and Arabic).


Wage Flexibility and Unemployment Dynamics in Regional Labor Markets, W.E. Upjohn    Institute for Employment Research, pp. viii+116 (with T.J. Hyclak).





Economics for Managers, Prentice Hall, pp. xiii+267.










International Handbook on the Economics of Education, Camberley: Edward Elgar (with J. Johnes)






Recent Developments in the Economics of Education, Edward Elgar, 1994, pp.653+xx (with E. Cohn).










Education Economics, Editor (founding), 1993-2002.


International Journal of Manpower, Editor, 1988-1992.









It’s been a long time: an analysis of job duration in two banks, Evidence Based Human Resource Management (with Vivi Maltezou), forthcoming.


Trade in the greenhouse: efficient policy in a global model, International Journal of Sustainable Economy, forthcoming.


Tweet sensations: investigating the potential use of sentiment analysis in higher education in the UK, Higher Education Review, forthcoming.


Performance trends in the construction industry worldwide: an overview of the turn of the century, Journal of Productivity Analysis, forthcoming (with Isabel Horta, Ana Camanho and Jill Johnes).




Optimal educational investment: domestic equity and international competition, ISRN Economics,

2011, 1-4.


Revisiting the impact of occupational segregation on the gender earnings gap in Malaysia, Jurnal Ekonomi Malaysia, 46, 13-25 (with Siew Ching Goy).




Differences in cost structure and the evaluation of efficiency: the case of German universities, Education Economics, 19, 487-500 (with Astrid Schwarzenberger).


Occupational segregation in the Malaysian Labor market: evidence on the L index, Singapore Economic Review, 56, 397-421.


Economics: still a bastard science, The Eighth Lamp – Ruskin Studies Today, number 5, available at




Costs and efficiency of higher education institutions in England: a DEA analysis, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 62, 1282-1297 (with Emmanuel Thanassoulis, Mika Kortelainen and Jill Johnes).


Heterogeneity and the evaluation of efficiency: the case of Italian universities, Applied Economics, 42, 1365-1376 (with Tommaso Agasisti).


It was all gonna trickle down: what has growth in India’s advanced sectors really done for the rest?, Indian Economic Journal, 57, 146-155.




Higher education institutions' costs and efficiency: Taking the decomposition a further step, Economics of Education Review, 28, 107-113 (with Jill Johnes).


Changes in the Characteristics and Skills of British Youth, Economics Bulletin, 29(1), 369-375.


Occupation and the labour market participation of women: why do some people trade down jobs when careers are interrupted?, Applied Economics Letters, 16, 1093-1096.


Beyond frontiers: comparing the efficiency of higher education decision-making units across more than one country, Education Economics, 17, 59-79 (with Tommaso Agasisti).





Changes in gender wage discrimination: a tale of three very different economies, Japan and the World Economy, 20, 97-113 (with Yashuhide Tanaka).


Heterogeneity and the Evaluation of Efficiency: the Case of Italian Universities, Applied Economics, forthcoming (with Tommaso Agasisti).


An analysis of costs in institutions of higher education in England, Studies in Higher Education, 33, 527-550.


Assessing efficiency of Portugese universities through parametric and non-parametric methods, Portugese Journal of Management Studies, 13, 39-68 (with Ana Camanho and Maria Portela).





The wage curve revisited: estimates from a UK panel, Economics Letters, 94, 414-420.


The determinants of costs and efficiencies where producers are heterogeneous: the case of Spanish universities, Economics Bulletin, 4(15), 1-9.


Funding formulae where costs legitimately differ: the case of higher education in England, Education Economics, 15, 385-404.





Pricing in higher education: implications for English institutions in the wake of the 2004 higher education reform, Education and Economy, 80, 1-3 (in Chinese).


Didacticism and educational outcomes, Educational Research and Reviews, 1, 23-28.


Has Becker put economics in the electric chair?, The Economist’s Voice, 3(4), article 5.





‘Don’t know much about history...’: Revisiting the impact of curriculum on subsequent labour market outcomes, Bulletin of Economic Research, 57, 249-272.


Chaos and the dancing stars: nonlinearity and entrepreneurship, Journal of Entrepreneurship, 14, 1-20 (with Ayana Manasova and Alexander Kalinoglou).





Never give up on the good times: student attrition in the UK, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 66, 23-48 (with Bob McNabb).


A fourth desideratum: the CES cost function and the sustainable configuration of multiproduct firms, Bulletin of Economic Research, 56, 329-332.





Optimal regional policies with education, labour mobility and occupational choice, Public Finance, 53, 489-494.


The influence of expected wages on occupational choice: new evidence from Inner Mongolia, Applied Economics Letters, 10, 829-832 (with Yuhong Du).





Stochastic frontier estimation of a CES cost function: the case of higher education in Britain, Economics of Education Review, 21, 63-72 (with H.Izadi, R.Crouchley and R. Ozcrochi). Reprinted in Belfield, C. and Levin, H. (eds) (2003) The Economics of Higher Education, Camberley: Edward Elgar.


Technical efficiency under alternative regulatory regimes: evidence from the inter-war British gas industry, Journal of Regulatory Economics, 22, 251-270 (with C. Hammond and T. Robinson).


A Tajik story: the labour market following war and transition, Economic Systems, 26, 17-30.





The effect of competition on the efficiency of secondary schools in England, European Journal of Operational Research, 135, 545-568 (with S. Bradley and J. Millington).


A new look at gender effects in participation and occupation choice, Labour, 15, 415-443 (with D. Soopramanien).







It’s different for girls: participation and occupational segregation in the US, Manchester School, 68, 552-567.


Up around the bend: linear and nonlinear models of the UK economy compared, International Review of Applied Economics, 14, 485-493.





The management of universities: Scottish Economic Society / Royal Bank of Scotland Annual Lecture, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 46, 505-522. Reprinted in Belfield, C. and Levin, H. (eds) (2003) The Economics of Higher Education, Camberley: Edward Elgar.



Schooling, fertility and the labour market experience of married women, Applied Economics, 31, 585-592.


Forecasting unemployment, Applied Economics Letters, 6, 605-607.

House prices and regional labor markets, Annals of Regional Science, 33, 33-49 (with T. Hyclak).




Human capital versus sorting: new data and a new test, Applied Economics Letters, 5, 665-667.


The costs of multi-product organisations and the heuristic evaluation of industrial structure, Socio-economic Planning Sciences, 32, 199-209.




Costs and industrial structure in contemporary British higher education, Economic Journal, 107, 727-737.


Wage inflation and unemployment in Britain and America 1892-1991, Labour, 11, 373-390 (with T. Hyclak).


British employers and the Social Chapter: some survey evidence, Industrial Relations Journal, 28, 236-242 (with D. Sapsford, H. Armstrong and R. de Kervenoael).





Multi-product cost functions and the funding of tuition in UK universities, Applied Economics Letters, 3, 557-561.


Evaluating universities' preferences for teaching and research, Journal of Education Finance, 22, 214-219.





The determinants of real wage flexibility, Labour Economics, 2, 175-185 (with T.J. Hyclak). Reprinted in Armstrong, H.W. and Taylor, J. (eds) (2000) The economics of regional policy, Camberley: Edward Elgar.


Research funding and performance in UK university departments of economics: a frontier analysis, Economics of Education Review, 14, 301-314 (with J.Johnes).


Encouraging truthful revelation when monitoring is costly, Omega, 23, 231-234 (with R. Rothschild).


Scale and technical efficiency in the production of economic research: data envelopment analysis of the 1992 Research Assessment Exercise of British University departments of economics, Applied Economics Letters, 2, 7-11.





The determinants of student loan take-up in the UK, Applied Economics, 26, 999-1005.


Policy reforms and the theory of education finance, Journal of Economic Studies, 21(1), 3-15 (with J.Johnes).


House prices, migration and regional labor markets, Journal of Housing Economics, 3, 312-329 (with T.J. Hyclak).





Measuring the research performance of UK economics departments, Oxford Economic Papers, 45, 332-347 (with J. Johnes).


The role of transport costs as a determinant of price level differentials between the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom, 1989, World Development, 21, 311-318 (with H.W. Armstrong, J. Johnes and A.I. MacBean).


Wage rigidity and cyclical unemployment, Industrial Relations Research Association Proceedings, 45, 524-530 (with T.J. Hyclak).





Regional wage inflation and unemployment dynamics in Great Britain, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 39,188-200 (with T.J. Hyclak).


Performance indicators in higher education: a survey of recent work, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 8(2), 19-34.


Apples and oranges: the aggregation problem in publications analysis, Scientometrics, 25, 353-365 (with J. Johnes).





House prices in a small island economy: the Isle of Man, Growth and Change, 22, 56-66.





Measures of research output: university departments of economics in the UK, 1983-88, Economic Journal, 100, 556-560.


Tax based incomes policies and productivity deals, Economics Letters, 34, 61-65.


Equilibrium, information and efficiency - the case of the NAIRU, Studies in Economic Analysis, 13, 3-11.




Real wage rigidity in regional labor markets in the UK, the US and West Germany, Journal of Regional Science, 29, 423-432 (with T.J. Hyclak).

Real wages and unemployment in Europe: the regional dimension, Regional Studies, 23, 19-26 (with T.J. Hyclak).





Shake-outs and shake-ins of labour: an example of the Riemann-Hugoniot catastrophe?, Indian Journal of Economics, 36, 24-29.


Determinants of research output in economics departments in British universities, Research Policy, 17, 171-178.





Optimal tax progressivity under imperfect competition, Economics Letters, 22, 279-282.


Regional policy and industrial structure in the Welsh economy, Regional Studies, 21, 555-564.


On the determinants of full employment unemployment rates in local labour markets, Applied Economics, 19, 191-200 (with T.J. Hyclak).


The employability of new graduates: a study of differences between UK universities, Applied Economics, 19, 695-710 (with J. Taylor and G. Ferguson).





Cost structures in a large hospital for the mentally handicapped, Social Science and Medicine, 22, 605-610 (with A. Haycox).





Error removal, loss reduction and external effects in the theory of strikes, Australian Economic Papers, 24, 310-325








Early years’ education and subsequent schooling in rural India, in K. Pushpangadan and V. Balasubramanyan (eds) Growth, Develoopment and Diversity, New Delhi: Oxford University Press.





Skills and earnings revisited, in Backhaus, J., Eamets, R. and Sepp, J. (eds) Advances in the Economics of Education: on Markets and Post-Transformation Issues., Muenster, LIT Verlag.





Economies of scale and mergers, in  Tight, M. et al. (eds) International Handbook of Higher Education, Routledge (with Colin Green).





Cherry-picking in the economics of education orchard: a selective survey of recent developments, in Petretto, A. and Pignataro, G. (eds) Economia del capitale umano: istituzioni, incentivi e valutazione, Milan: Società italiana di economia puibblica.





Standards, in Johnes, G. and Johnes, J. (eds) International Handbook on the Economics of Education, Edward Elgar.


The evaluation of welfare under alternative models of higher education finance, in Teixeria, P., Jongbloed, B., Dill, D. and Amaral, A. (eds) Markets in higher education: rhetoric or reality?, Boston: Kluwer.





The funding of higher education in the United Kingdom, in Hare, P.G. (ed.) Structure and financing of higher education in Russia, Ukraine and the Eueopean Union, Jessica Kingsley.





The structure of the economy, in Artis, M. (ed.) The UK Economy, OUP, 29-51 (with J. Taylor).


Labour, in Artis, M. (ed.) The UK Economy, OUP, 286-329 (with J. Taylor) - also in previous editions of this book (titled Prest & Coppock's The UK Economy'), published in 1989 and 1992.


Modelling the UK labour market: structural and VAR approaches, in L. Vlacic, T. Nguyen and D. Cecez-Kecmanovic (eds) Modelling and Control of National and Regional Economies, Oxford: Pergamon.





The development of competition among higher education institutions in the UK, in Bartlett, W., Propper, C., Wilson, D. and Le Grand, J. (eds) Quasi-markets in the welfare state, SAUS, Bristol, 95-120 (with M. Cave).


Modern approaches to unemployment, in Atkinson, G.B.J. Developments in economics, volume 10, 1-18.


Factors of production, in Kuper, A. and Kuper, J. International Social Science Encyclopaedia.





Houses, jobs and the decision to migrate, in Cambridge Econometrics (eds.) Regional economic prospects: analysis and forecasts to 2005, 35-41.





Unemployment in Lancaster and Morecambe, in Robinson, P. (ed.) Unemployment and local labour markets, Avebury, 63-75 (with P. Regan).


European integration and human resources - an introduction, in Johnes, G. (ed.) European integration: the human resource dimension, MCB University Press, 4-9.





Taxation, in Atkinson, G.B.J. (ed.) Developments in Economics vol. 3, Causeway Press, 55-75.









Development and refinement of a greenhouse gas footprint measurement tool, Consultancy report for Small World Consulting Ltd., funded by North West Development Agency. This work contributed to the publication of Berners-Lee (2010) How bad are bananas: the carbon footprint of everything, London: Green Profile.





Career interruptions and labour market outcomes, Equal Opportunities Commission.


Study of the Costs of Provision through the Medium of Welsh in Higher Education Institutions in Wales, (with London Economics) for HEFCW.





The global value of education and training exports to the UK economy, British Council.





Equity and efficiency in education: some policy issues facing the Republic of Bulgaria, Birks Sinclair and Associates, Bulgaria, pp. 18.


Restricted report prepared for the Higher Education Funding Council.





Alternative sources for financing education in Bulgaria, British Council, Bulgaria, pp. 60 (with G. Morris).





Energy prices on the Isle of Man, Board of Consumer Affairs, Isle of Man, pp. 94 (with H.W. Armstrong, J. Johnes and A.I. MacBean).


Property prices and rents on the Isle of Man, Board of Consumer Affairs, Isle of Man, pp.94 (with H.W. Armstrong, J. Johnes, and A.I. MacBean).





Measuring research output - a report, prepared for the Royal Economic Society, pp. 82. (This report comprised the Royal Economic Society's submission to the Universities Funding Council as part of the 1989 research selectivity exercise.)


Transport costs and price levels on the Isle of Man, Board of Consumer Affairs, Isle of Man, pp. 110 (with H.W. Armstrong, J. Johnes and A.I. MacBean).





Redundancies in the coal industry: a preliminary report and case study of the Haig colliery, Whitehaven, National Coal Board, pp. 33.





Index of Industrial Production for Wales, 1975 base, Sources and Methods, Welsh Office Occasional Paper.






Other publications include more than 20 papers in professional journals and in refereed academic journals in the fields of education and management, plus book reviews in journals including the Economic Journal, Business History, Regional Studies, Higher Education, Education Economics, International Journal of Manpower.





Education and occupational outcomes in Brazil and India (with A. Aggarwal, R. Freguglia, G. Spricigo)


Company performance and strategic change (with Jill Johnes)


Determinants of child labour (with Reza Arabsheibani)


Happiness in Wales (with David Blanchflower)


Regional unemployment (with Deborah Gefang)


Social capital (with Thomas Bolli)


Class time, contact time and private study (with Thomas Bolli)


Cost structures and efficiency in higher education in England (with Jill Johnes)


Cost structures and efficiency in higher education in the US (with Tommaso Agasisti)


Evaluation of research training in the US (with Tommaso Agasisti and Thomas Bolli)







£45000 from BIS to study costs and efficiency in higher education (with Jill Johnes)





£97971 from the ESRC for analysing the impact of education on occupational outcomes in India and Brazil (with Indian and Brazilian partners).


£3000 from the North West Development Agency Innovation Voucher Scheme in order to provide consultancy services to Small World Consulting Ltd. on the development and refinement of their greenhouse gas footprint tool.





€250450 from the European Union to evaluate cost sharing in higher education in six European countries (with Jill Johnes, Astrid Schwarzenberger and others). Lancaster share of this grant is €25500.


£25000 from the Welsh Assembly Government for my contribution to the London Economics report on the demand for and supply of Welsh medium teachers. Lancaster share of this grant is £1400.


£36000 from HEFCW for my contribution to the London Economics report on the provision of higher education through the medium of Welsh. Lancaster share of this grant is £4900.





£9998 from the Equal Opportunities Commission to examine labour market outcomes of individuals with interrupted careers using BHPS data.


£57000 from the DfES to evaluate the impact of the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (with Steve Bradley).






£ 47000 from the DfES to continue research on cost structures in higher education (with J.Johnes and E. Thanassoulis).





£30000 from the DfES to research cost structures in higher education (with J.Johnes and E. Thanassoulis).


£30000 from the British Council, DfES, DTI, and ONS to research the evaluation of educational exports from the UK.





€ 429565.50 from the European Union Minerva programme to fund network resource-based learning in management (with H-P. Baumeister and others).





€ 177210 from the European Union Framework 5 to analyse the private sector of higher education in Eastern Europe (with D. Sapatorou, J. Earle and others).





£10930 from the Department for Employment and Education, to co-ordinate the Employment and Education Economics Group (with S. Bradley).





$9000 from the World Bank, to design, pilot and implement a voucher system for the finance of vocational training in the informal (Jua Kali) sector in Kenya.


38000 ECUs from INTAS (International Association for the Promotion of Co-operation with Scientists from the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union) to extend the study of higher education funding in the European Union and in the countries of the former Soviet Union (with P. Hare, U. Teichler, A. Markov, M. Lugachyov, V. Savchuk and P. Luzik).


£12900 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, to survey frontier methods of efficiency measurement.


FF30000 from the OECD, to devise a framework for country studies of the financing of lifelong learning. Further funding is currently being negotiated in connection with the co-ordination of these studies and the writing of a synthesis report.


£10400 from the Department for Employment and Education, to co-ordinate the Employment and Education Economics Group (with S. Bradley).








£9700 from the Department for Employment and Education, to co-ordinate the Employment and Education Economics Group (with S. Bradley).





$6660 from the British Council, to work on a World Bank project on alternative sources for financing education in Bulgaria.


$9000 from the World Bank, to compare and evaluate public and private sector arrangements for training across South East Asian Newly Industrialised Countries, with special reference to funding mechanisms.


30000 ECUs from INTAS to study of higher education funding in the European Union and in the countries of the former Soviet Union  (with P. Hare, U. Teichler, A. Markov, M. Lugachyov, V. Savchuk and P. Luzik).


£9950  from the ESRC, to co-ordinate the Research Study Group on the Economics of Education (with M. Cave and M. Weale).





£8480  from the ESRC, to co-ordinate the Research Study Group on the Economics of Education (with M. Cave and M. Weale).


£5000 from the Royal Economic Society, to study the funding of tuition at UK universities.





$29825 from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, to study wage rigidity and unemployment dynamics in regional labour markets (with T. Hyclak).





£21000 from Isle of Man Government, to study prices of energy, housing and transport (with H. Armstrong, J. Johnes and A. MacBean).


£3150  from Royal Economic Society, to conduct a bibliometric evaluation of research output of British university departments of economics.





£2000  from Anglo-German Foundation, to examine regional Phillips curves.





£1000  from British Coal, to investigate redundancy in the coal industry.        







Beijing Normal University (2 papers)




Politecnico di Milano

SRHE Conference, Newport




WPEG Conference, Sheffield

International Workshop on the Applied Economics of Education, Catanzaro, Italy

SKOPE, Oxford University




Delhi University

National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Delhi

GD Goenka World Institute, Lancaster University, Sohna, India




University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil

ESRC Research Methods Conference, Oxford




UK Council for Graduate Education conference, British Library, London

British Northern Universities India Forum conference, Trivandrum, India

Porto conference on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (keynote speaker)




VATT, Helsinki, Finland (keynote speaker)

SIEP, Pavia, Italy (keynote speaker)

Conference on Funding, Equity and Efficiency of Higher Education, Portoroz, Slovenia




VATT, Helsinki, Finland (keynote speaker)

NIESR Conference on Public Sector Performance, British Academy, London (invited speaker)

University of Wales, Swansea

University of Alberta (departmental seminar)

University of Alberta (public lecture – the 12th Eric J. Hanson Memorial Lecture)

Dijon conference on the Economics of Education

Porto conference on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis




University of Sheffield

University of Stirling

Department for Education and Skills, London

European Public Choice Society Conference, Durham (keynote speaker)

International Conference on Education Economics, University of Tartu, Estonia (keynote speaker)

Conference on Higher Education, Multijurisdictionality and Globalisation, Mons, Belgium (keynote speaker)





Education Economics conference, University of Rome Tor Vegata

CRISS, Welfare State conference, University of Siena

Beijing Normal University (3 seminars)

Scottish Economic Society conference, Perth

University of Dundee

Missenden Centre conference on Fixing Fees

British Council Vision 2020 Launch event, London

English UK launch event, London




IPBS Conference, Annecy

NCUP Conference, London

Inaugural Lecture, Lancaster

Inaugural conference of the Lancaster Centre for Management in China, Lancaster University

University of Cardiff




Royal Economic Society Conference, University of Warwick




ATINER Conference, Athens

IPBS Conference, Lancaster




EEEG (Education and Employment Economics Group), Sheffield

University of Bath

Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics

IPBS Conference, Boston




University of Sussex

University of Leeds

Social Science Research Council, New York

University of Northumbria

World Bank, Washington




EEEG (Education and Employment Economics Group - sponsored by DfEE) Annual Conference, Royal Holloway College, University of London.




EEEG Annual Conference, Leeds





Economics Department, University of Hull

Manchester Universities' Labour Economics Group

Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University

Centre for the Economics of Education and Training, Monash University

IFAC Symposium on Modelling of Regional and National Economies, Gold Coast, Australia

Queensland Treasury, Brisbane

Department of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology

ESRC Economics of Education Seminar Group, London




Royal Economic Society Conference, University of Exeter

Equal Opportunities Commission Expert Seminar on Discrimination, Manchester




American Economic Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA

Industrial Relations Research Association Conference, Anaheim, CA

Cambridge Econometrics, Robinson College, Cambridge

SAUS Conference on quasi-markets, University of Bristol

International Symposium on the Economics of Education, British Council, Manchester

ESRC Economics of Education Seminar Group, Regent's College, London




EMRU Labour Economics Study Group, London

Economics Department, University of Northumbria

Economics Department, University of Buckingham

Operational Research Society Annual Conference, Birmingham

Economics Department, University of Surrey




Conference on Islands and Small States, University of Malta

Regional Science Association Congress, Lisbon

European Economic Association Conferece, Cambridge

RES Conference on the Economics of Higher Education, London




Tynwald, Isle of Man

ESRC Urban and Regional Economics Seminar Group, University of Glasgow




Economics Department, University of Bath

Science Policy Support Group, University of Nottingham

St Davids Forum, Llanwrtyd Wells

Political Studies Association Conference, Oxford

Employment Market Research Unit, Labour Economics Study Group, U.C. Swansea




Science Policy Support Group, Ciba Foundation, London




Economics Department, Queen Mary College, London





Bachelor level programmes at Bangor (1999-2001), Stirling (2000-2002), Strathclyde (2003-2005), Durham (2007-2010).


Masters level programme at Hull (2003-2004).


Doctoral theses at Newcastle, Australian National University (1998), London (2000), Southampton, Heriot-Watt (2002), Sheffield, Edinburgh (2003), York, Durham, Queensland (2004), Exeter, Northumbria (2006), York (2007), Keele (2008), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (2011), Swansea (2012), Nottingham (2012).


Upgrade from MPhil to PhD at University of Mauritius (2007).





  1. Dean of Graduate Studies, Lancaster University, 2009-date.


This post involves:


  • leadership of the university’s graduate school, including strategic development with the goal of significant expansion of numbers of research postgraduates in the context of the university’s agenda of internationalisation


Achievements (so far) while in this post include:


  • coordination of Lancaster’s bid (2010) for an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre – involving coordination of the bid across all social science departments in the university (in all faculties), and (in conjunction with senior colleagues elsewhere) across all three institutions participating in the bid. The bid was successful, resulting in the creation of the NWDTC as the largest DTC in England.
  • project executive on the PACE project to develop the marketing potential of the university’s postgraduate applications portal; PACE was eventually abandoned before launch owing to problems with a third-party product with which it was intended to interface, but I subsequently became project executive on a similar development which launched in May 2013.
  • development of research training, including introduction of a handbook and online booking facility which integrate training provided within the faculties into a single system.
  • award of HR Excellence in Research badge for the support of researchers.
  • redesign of the university’s postgraduate regulations.
  • redesign of the university’s code of practice for research students.


2.      Head of Department of Economics, Lancaster University Management School, 2006-2009.


This post involved:


  • overall responsibility for all activities within the department of economics, including human resource development, financial accountability, development and implementation of departmental strategy (teaching/learning/assessment, research) within the School framework, operational management
  • membership of School and University committees: Planning and Resources Committee, Senate, University Council, University Standing Academic Committee (chair), ad hoc committees on the role of Heads of Department and on the university’s regional agenda



Achievements while in this post include:


  • expansion of staff numbers (from 20 to 22), with excellent recruitment of new staff
  • expansion of undergraduate student numbers (economics majors from c70 to c85 per year)
  • creation of new, blended learning, MSc in Money, Banking and Finance for delivery at Sunway, Malaysia – launched August 2009 – enabling increase in taught postgraduate numbers
  • expansion of doctoral student numbers, and initiation of talks with prospective partners in delivering taught components on a new model PhD
  • fostering of research, with the department contributing to LUMS’ top 5 placing in the 2008 RAE
  • redesign of undergraduate curriculum to provide pathways for students intending to proceed to graduate work in economics; this involved inculcation of new culture within the department
  • design of variants of the Lancaster economics and business economics major degree schemes for delivery by Goenka in India, and initial approval for delivery of the MSc in Money, Banking and Finance at Goenka
  • first time implementation of AACSB Assurance of Learning framework within the department








3. Associate Dean with special responsibility for postgraduates, and Director of the Graduate Management School, Lancaster University, 2003-2005.


This post involved:


·         quality review, validation and monitoring of all postgraudate programmes and courses in the Management School

·         direct responsibility for programmes and courses offered by the Graduate Management School

·         overall responsibility for postgraduate admissions

·         membership of School and University committees: Planning and Resources Committee, Dean’s Steering Group, University Committee for Graduate Studies, the School Teaching Committee (chair), Senate, various other committees


Achievements while in this post include:


·         15% growth of masters programmes within Lancaster University Management School during time of adverse market, specifically...

  • growth of MBA from 40 to over 70 students during time of adverse market
  • development of partnerships with institutions in China, India, Slovenia, leading to the award of postgraduate certificates and degrees
  • development of provision of personal development, partnering with private company to deliver courses both at Lancaster and, for our Chinese alumni, in Beijing and Shanghai
  • assignment of credit ratings to all modules
  • introduction of a wide variety of measures to improve teaching, learning and quality assurance within the School – including internal peer review, adoption of grade descriptors, requirement that new staff undertake CPD, raising profile of employability issues in validation process.  Introduction of e-learning policies whereby all modules taught within Lancaster University Management School (both postgraduate and undergraduate) must provide a VLE with specified minimum content. I instigated these developments, though some have more recently become university-wide policy.
  • at the end of my period of office as associate dean, the results of the first National Survey of Students indicated that Lancaster University Management School had the highest score for overall student satisfaction of all full-time providers in the UK; the survey concerns undergraduate provision, the sample of students having been undergraduates during and immediately after my spell as undergraduate associate dean (see below).


3. Associate Dean, Lancaster University Management School, with special responsibility for undergraudate teaching, 1999-2003.


This post involved:


·         quality review, validation and monitoring of all undergraduate teaching programmes and courses in the Management School

·         direct responsibility for School courses not located within departments (BBA, BSc in Management)

·         responsibility for all undergraduate admissions in the School

·         membership of School and University committees: Planning and Resources Committee, Dean’s Steering Group, University Committee for Undergraduate Studies (deputy chair), the School Teaching Committee (chair), Senate, various other committees


Achievements while in this post include:


·         expansion of central school courses

·         rationalisation of course and programme provision

·         co-ordination of the development of programme specifications throughout the School (at both undergraduate and postgraduate level)

·         introduction of a wide variety of measures to improve teaching, learning and quality assurance within the School – including internal peer review, adoption of grade descriptors, requirement that new staff undertake CPD, raising profile of employability issues in validation process, improvement of quality assurance generally (and specifically on European BBA) etc.

·         development, with partner institutions, of Foundation Degree in Management

·         development of relations with associated and accredited institutions

·         modest enhancement of e-learning provision

·         promotion of a teaching and learning ethos within the School


4. Director of Studies for Part I Economics, 1991-1999. During this period I led a complete restructuring of the department’s first year undergraduate programme.


5. Key participant in QAA Developmental Engagement within the Department of Economics, Lancaster, and the EQUIS Accreditation, Lancaster University Management School – both 2003. In both cases, I drafted substantial portions of the self-evaluation documents and participated (sometimes led) meetings with the QAA and EQUIS representatives.




Member of ESRC Board of Examiners, 2008-2010.


Member of UniversitiesUK Experts Group on Economics, 2009-2010.


Member of the World Bank's Economics of Education External Advisory Group, 1998-date.


Member of Department for Education and Skills panel to advise on research in higher education, 2001-2005.


Member of Technical Advisory Group for Universities UK and British Council led project on forecasting overseas student numbers (Vision 2020), 2003-04.


Accreditor, Higher Education Academy (formerly the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education), 2000-2005.


Joint co-ordinator (with Steve Bradley) of Education and Employment Economics Group (sponsored by DfEE) 1995-1998.


Joint co-ordinator of ESRC Study Group in the Economics of Education (with Martin Cave and Martin Weale) 1992-1995.


Local organiser, EMRU Labour Economics Seminar Group summer conference, 1994.


Referee for various journals, including Economic Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, European Economic Review, Regional Studies, Fiscal Studies, Applied Economics, Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Economic Studies, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Productivity Analysis.


Referee for ESRC research grant and research centre proposals.


Referee for various book publishers.







Member of the Higher Education Academy (and formerly the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) since its foundation in 1999.


American Economic Association


European Association of Labour Economists





Club Captain, Lunesdale Lawn Tennis Club, 2006.

Governor, Caton St Paul's Church of England Primary School, 1996-1999.

Chair, Lancaster and Morecambe Welsh Society, 1992-1995.