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PhD    Queen's University of Belfast (2002)                                   

BA      University of York (1994) (First Class Honours)


Appointments and Affiliations




Exrternal examiner, Undergraduate Economics, University of Leeds (2023-2027)

Fellow, The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice , QUB (since 2023)

Member, Northern Ireland Fiscal Commission Expert Stakeholder Group (since 2021)

Member, Northern Ireland Productivity Forum,The Productivity Institute (since 2021)

Member, Royal Irish Academy Social Sciences Committee (Elected 2018-22, Reelected 2022-)

Member, Urban and Regional Economics Seminar Group (since 2016)

Member, Nevin Economic Research Institute Research Review Panel (since 2013)

Auditor, Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies (since 2021)

Research Associate, Centre for Economic History, Queen's University Belfast (since 2012)

Research Associate, Centre for Economics, Policy and History, Queen's University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin (since 2023)



External Examiner, Undergraduate Economics, University College Cork (2012-16)

Editor/Co-editor, Irish Economic and Social History (2012-2023)



ECO 3013 Economics of Corporate Strategy (semester 2)

PAI 2045 Politics and Economics of UK Devolution (semester 2 )

MBA 7172 The Global Economic Environment (semester 2, previously in semester 1)

Current PhD Supervision

Kyle Richmond (co-supervised with Chris Colvin and Stephen Billington), NINE DTP 1+3 MRes/PhD Economics (since 2020)

Oliver Parker (supervising with Alan de Bromhead) (since 2021)


Research Interests

Economic History, Business History, Topics in Contemporary Business Economics (e.g. Brexit, Regions and Devolution), Applied Institutional Economics, Economic Organisation of Violence, Communicating Economics (e.g. pedagogy and public understanding)




Director, Masters of Public Administration (joint TCD-QUB degree), 2021-2023, tranlated into overseeing MSc Economics restructuring, 2023-


Associate Director of International Communication, QMS, 2018-2021

Programme Director BSc Economics & Business Economics, QMS, 2009-2012

Elected Member of School Management Board, QMS, 2010- 2015

Economics Member, Undergraduate Education Committee, QMS, 2007-2015



Research Statement

I'm an applied economist by training with extensive experience in the public and private sector as well as academia going back to the 1990s. I've provided consulting advice to a range of public and private bodies during my time at QBS (2007-present).  Strategic knowledge is therefore something I have learned from both the study of economics and economic history as well as via practical experience in policy formulation and pension fund management. This breadth of career experience has more narrowly influenced my research agenda - an agenda that has evolved over time based on teaching full time in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. I have a sustained research record since 2005.

In terms of research statement my primary interest covers the areas of economic and business history. In these areas I have been recognised by being editor of Irish Economic and Social History (2012-2023) as well as being a Plenary lecturer for the Economic History Society in 2019. My publications from 2005 to the present have often been in the 3/4* category. My highest profile papees include a paper in the the November 2023 volume of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ETP) (a FT 50 outlet),   Economic History Review (ECHR) and Business History (both 4 outlets on ABS at the time of submission) as well as book chapters with Oxford University Press, Macmillan and Routledge. In addition to publishing journal articles in the EcHR, I've published three invited review articles and have at least one forthcoming book review. The second area is contemporary business economics: I am concerned with how real-world businesses use economics/strategic management and react to economic conditions as well as regional economics more generally. There is a connection between place-based economic strategy and strategic positioning at the level of the firm. I've publications in this area  in such journal outlets as Regional Studies (4* on ABS), Cambridge Journal of Economics (CJE) (3*), Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society (CJRES) (3*), Contemporary Social Science (CSS), National Institute Economic Review (NIER). In the case of Regional Studies I've published there twice, and this is also the case for CJE and CSS. The third area is applied institutional economics and I've  published The Journal of Institutional Economics (4*), Journal of Economic Methodology as well as a number of book chapters with such publishers as Edward Elgar. Fourth area is the economic organization of violence. I've published in the  Journal of Institutional Economics and Terrorism and Political Violence in this area.  Furthermore, my recently published chapter in the Routledge Handbook entitled "How Economists Have Interpreted the Troubles"  brings together the more general literature on the economics of terrorism with a survey of the economic literature relating to the Northern Irish conflict.  Communicating economics is my last research interest. I am interested in the way economists persuade each other, teach students and talk to the public. My recent co-authored working paper with Chris Colvin is an example of my emerging work in this area. The challenges of teaching judgement in a business school setting are at the heart of this research, and we suggest how economic history can help contribute towards business education. This article is about to be submitted to a major journal and is just one example of my consistent and prolonged contribution to research-led teaching. Forthcoming research includes further work on rent-seeking as well as economic history/development, industrial policy, entrepreneurship and political violence as well as moving into strategic management type and regional topics. In addition, I consistently have provided commentary informed by my research to a range of local, national and international media outlets. 


ResearchGate Scores (as of  22/2/2024)

88.1 Research Interest Score

7,260 Reads

273 Citations and a an H index of 10 on Google Scholar

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles for:

Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Australisian Journal of Economics Education, British Journal of Politics and International Relations,  Business History, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Economic History Review, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Enterprise and Society, European Journal of Finance, Financial History Review, Irish Economic and Social History, Irish Historical Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Institutional Economics, Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Labour History Review, Managerial and Decision Economics, Public Choice, Regional Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence.

Other refereeing (e.g. Books, conferences, research councils)

Cambridge University Press, New Zealand Association of Economists Conference, Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Pearson (FT Prentice Hall), Polity Press, Red Globe Press, Routledge, Royal Irish Academy Ireland-Scotland Bilateral Network Grants Scheme, Taylor and Francis, Irish Research Council (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Irish Research Council (Laureate Awards).








Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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