Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Steve Bradley, MA, PhD

Professor Steve Bradley is Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor and a Professor of Economics at Lancaster University. He was educated at Leeds Polytechnic and Lancaster University from which he holds masters and doctorate degrees. Prior to his entry to academia, Steve spent ten years working in Local Government as a member of the Education Department of Lancashire County Council.

His research interests fall into two areas – Education Economics and Labour Economics. He has published widely on issues related to the operation and impact of introducing a quasi-market in the secondary education sector, and the econometric analysis of educational policy. Published work in the field of Labour Economics includes employer selection and recruitment, tests of theories of labour market matching, the effect of employment protection on worker effort.

Professor Bradley's current research interests focus on the determinants of youth unemployment and economic inactivity for Britain, Italy and Spain, the effects of HE tuition fees on drop out rates from university, and the impact upon the demand for postgraduate study. A further research project is concerned with evaluating the long run effects of introducing market forces into primary and secondary school markets.

From 2010 to 2018, Professor Bradley served as PVC (International) and had responsibility for international teaching and research partnerships, and the recruitment of overseas students to the Lancaster campus.