Melanie Powell

Position: University Principal Tutor, Senior Lecturer Economics, Programme Leader for Msc International Business and Finance and MSc International Business and HRM

College: College of Business

Department: Derby Business School

Subject area: Economics

Research Centre: Business Innovation for a Low Carbon Economy

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About

As a member of the Derby Business School, I am teaching economics at undergraduate and postgraduate level, but also actively involved in new programme development, programme leadership, scholarship and research with academic and industry colleagues. I have also taught at other Universities including York, Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan Universities. I have extensive experience as a UK and international External Examiner in my subject area.

As an applied economist, my aim is to make my students as enthusiastic about economics and applied analysis as I am. I believe that economics should form part of the thinking toolkit that everyone uses in business and management and the best way to learn is to take some risks and have a go. I put this into practice in my teaching and programmes, but also as the joint author of a major European Economics text book. As part of the International Business Suite of Programmes team, we encourage all our students to enter external competitions, meet professional economists and business leaders, and challenge themselves to expand their employment potential. 

As an applied economist, I do a lot of radio and TV work to raise the profile of the Derby Business School. I also write a monthly Economic Bulletin with my colleague Dr Eugene Michaels, which is circulated to business around the region, sponsored by Freeths Solicitors.  I frequently write economics commentary for local and national media. For example, you can see my view on deflation in the London Economic, News: Deflation: What it means for you. The London Economic, June 25th 2015. Available at: http://tle-online.com/news/deflation-what-it-means-for-you/25/06

I use my contacts in the City of London to bring professional economists and finance specialists into our classrooms, one example of which is our current Visiting Professor of Banking and Finance, Trevor Williams, who is Chief Economist of Lloyds Bank Corporate.

Teaching responsibilities

Undergraduate

  • Data Analysis Skills, Investing and Financial Markets

Postgraduate

  • Markets, Customers and Marketing, Strategic Finance and Investment Behaviour
  • Post Graduate Independent Study supervision
  • PhD viva examiner.

Professional interests

I have wide experience of validations as a proposer of new programmes and as a member of internal and external validation panels.  I also have wide experience as an external examiner both nationally and internationally. For example: Chief External Examiner Arab Open University, Economics/statistics External Examiner Arab Open University, External Examiner Economics at Stafford, Leeds Metropolitan, and Manchester Metropolitan Universities.

Reviewer for new statistics books for Macmillan Publishers (2009 ongoing)

Journal referee for the International Journal of Applied Economics; Risk, Decision and Policy; Journal of Behavioural Decision Making; Economic Psychology, 1999 ongoing.

Media commentator on radio, TV, regional newspapers and web magazines.

Research interests

My main research focus is looking at how people behave when dealing with risk in business and financial decisions. I have published widely in the areas of risk behaviour in health and finance, and more recently in the area of behavioural finance and behavioural economics. I am also keen to engage my students in more general applied research in international business and have produced joint authored conference papers with my students based on the research data in the areas of trust, employee commitment and knowledge transfer.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (accredited at level 3) from 2010
  • Member of the Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Member of the Chartered Management Institute (from 2010-2015).

Qualifications

Undergraduate qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Economics (First), Kingston

Postgraduate qualifications

  • MSc Economics, London (Birkbeck)

Recent publications

  • Powell, M., (2007), Happiness, Rationality and Welfare, Commentary in Happiness, Economics and Public Policy, H. Johns and P. Ormerod, Research Monograph 62, The Institute of Economic Affairs, ISBN 978-0-255-36600-7
  • Powell, M. (2008) Case study on formative assessment and learning development,  in Exploring Tangible Benefits of E-Learning, JISC infoNet, the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and the Higher Education Academy.  ISBN: 978-1-86135-349-8 http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/publications/publications/info/tangible-benefits-publication
  • Parkin, M., Powell, M., and Matthews, K., (2008), Economics, 7th Edition, Pearson Education, Addison Wesley Longman, Harlow. ISBN-10:1405893265 ISBN-13:9781405893268
  • Alker, L. and Powell, M. (2009) HRD and the Older Employee in the UK Financial Sector, in Human Resource Development: Complexity and Imperfection in Practice - Abstracts from the 10th International Conference on Human Resource Development: Research and practice across Europe, 10-12 June, 2009, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, ISBN 13 978-1-86135-362
  • Powell, M.  (with D. Fry) 2009, The Impact of computer based formative learning on summative assessment and skills, Derbyshire Business School, Response Journal, Issue 4, part 2, 2009 available at www.responseonline.co.uk
  • Powell, M. and Alker, L (2010) The Changing Role of Training for Older Workers in a Financial Sector Climate of Declining Trust 11th International Conference on Human Resource Development: Research and Practice across Europe, Pecs University, School of Adult Learning, Hungary, June 2-4th, 2010
  • Parkin, M., Powell, M., and Matthews, K., (2011), Economics, 8th Edition, Pearson Education, Addison Wesley Longman, Harlow. ISBN 978-0-273-73575-5
  • Parkin, M., Powell, M., and Matthews, K., (2012), Essential Economics, Pearson Education, Addison Wesley Longman, Harlow. ISBN 978-0-273-71897-0
  • As above in Greek edition, ISBN 978-960-218-877-4
  • Parkin, M., Powell, M., and Matthews, K., (2013), Introduccion a la Economia, Pearson Education, Addison Wesley Longman, Harlow. ISBN 978-84-1555-245-1
  • Parkin, M., Powell, M., and Matthews, K., (2014), Economics, 9th Edition, Pearson Education, Addison Wesley Longman, Harlow.  ISBN ISBN  978-1-292-00945-2
  • Michaels, E. and Powell, M. (forthcoming April 2016) ‘Behavioural Finance and Financial Regulation: Something old or something new?’  in Lawlor, S. (ed.),  Financial Services and the Whole Economy - Principles and Practice for Effective Policy. Politeia: London
  • Michaels, E. and Powell, M. (forthcoming 2017) ‘Behavioural economics: Using ‘nudges’ for promoting pro-environmental behaviours in the workplace’, in Lynch, N. (ed.) ‘Supporting the shift to a low carbon economy’.

Recent conferences

  • Powell, M. and Alker, L (2010) The Changing Role of Training for Older Workers in a Financial Sector Climate of Declining Trust  11th International Conference on Human Resource Development: Research and Practice across Europe, Pecs University, School of Adult Learning, Hungary, June 2-4th, 2010
  • Powell, M. and Fergusson, Y. (2014). A cross-cultural examination of trust in management. 14th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe. 4-6th June, 2014. Academy of HRM, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland
  • Powell, M. and Le, L. (2015). Employee Commitment in Vietnam: A case study within a large technology company. 16th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe. University College Cork, Irish Institute of Training and Development. 3-5th June, 2015
  • Michaels, E. and Powell, M. (with K. Seymour-Smith and S. Woodward-Baker) (2015) The Futures Award – supporting student employability, a collaborative approach, Workshop for The University of Derby Learning and Teaching Conference, 1st July 2015
  • Powell, M. and Da Sousa, H. (2016). 'Factors affecting post-acquisition knowledge transfer in the hotel sector: A South African Case Study.', 17th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe. Manchester Metropolitan University, 6th-8th June, 2016.

Additional interests and activities

Part of my passion for economics is engaging everyone, not just students in the subject.  To do this I use the DBS Economics Bulletin sponsored by Freeths Solicitors, which started in 2014. This is a monthly web publication produced by myself and my colleague Dr Eugene Michaels, analysing a current economic issue, aimed at informing and updating regional business and non-specialists. Freeths also provide a regular Legal Update in the bulletin. You can follow the Economic Bulletin at www.derby.ac.uk/economicsbulletin

I am also keen to engage all students in the subject, not just my students at Derby. I have been part of an innovative team of passionate economists producing a leading text book for the European market since 1997, when we produced the 3rd European edition of Economics. The book has led the way in web-learning and student support. We are now working on the 10th edition for 2017. Parkin, M., Powell, M., and Matthews, K., (2014), Economics, 9th Edition, Pearson Education, Addison Wesley Longman, Harlow, ISBN 978-1-292-00945-2.

Experience in industry

I am a trained journalist and spent several years as a journalist before becoming an academic and still provide economic commentary for the media.

International experience

  • External Examiner for Business Economics and Business Statistics OU modules for Arab Open University, AOU HQ Kuwait, 2010-2014
  • Chief External Examiner for Business/Marketing/Economics & Statistics Modules, Arab Open University, AOU HQ Kuwait, programmes running Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, 2012-2014
  • International validation panel for University of Stafford, for Business Degree Programmes in Bahrain, Oman and Malyasia, 2004-2006
  • External Examiner for International Franchise Business Degrees in Oman, Bahrain and Malaysia, University of Stafford, Business School, 2004-2006.

In the media

I was a journalist before becoming an academic economist and regularly appearing in the media, commenting on the financial crisis and the economy. I regularly provide regional radio and TV commentary on economic issues, and in regional and national media. For example, I have contributed to many of the Talking Business Column features in The Derby Evening Telegraph:

  • Taxing Times, May 6th 2008 by M Powell
  • Q&A in Credit Crunch Supplement: 10 Questions and Answers (By M Powell and D Fry) 17th October, 2008.
  • Pensions Crisis, 21st July 2009 by M Powell
  • Recession in the UK, October 2009 by M Powell
  • The Spending Review, October 2010 by M Powell
  • Exchange rate costs: Swings and Roundabouts Derby Telegraph, January 2012 by M Powell

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