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My interests in economics are currently in labour market economics and economic policy.  I have published in leading international journals including Oxford Economic Papers and Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics on labour market economics, including the economic returns to beauty and the determinants of occupational attainment.

My research has been extensively cited in papers on human capital and labour market attainment. My work on beauty has nearly 400 citations in google scholar and has been widely covered by media around the world, including in the UK by the BBC, Financial Times and the Economist. In my current role my focus is on developing learning and teaching


I studied at the Nottingham Trent University and London School of Economics where I graduted with an MSc Economics in 1976. I have held teaching and research posts at Warwick University, City University and London Metropolitan University where I was Head of Economics between 2002-13. 

In 2013 I joined Boston University as an Adjunct Professor and the University of Portsmouth as a Teaching Fellow. 

Teaching Responsibilities

Economics for Business, Economic Policy

Research Interests

Learning and Teaching

External positions

Head Of Economics, London Metropolitan University

1 Sept 200330 Jun 2013

Senior/Principal Lecturer, London Metropolitan University

1 Sept 197931 Aug 2003

Lecturer, City, University of London

1 Sept 197831 Aug 1979

Research Associate, University of Warwick

1 Sept 197631 Aug 1978


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