My role within the Derby Business School spans the full range of academic activities from teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, to programme design, development and leadership, to scholarship and applied research. I am the Programme Leader for our MSc International Business, BA (Hons) International Business, (Hons) International Business and Finance and BA (Hons) Banking and Finance. I also have UK and international experience as an external examiner.
I am an applied economist passionate about teaching economics at all levels. I believe that economics is a critical part of our everyday real lives as individuals and business people and that it should be accessible by everyone. In my modules, I try to balance academic, practical and research elements. I took a leading role in designing and validating international business programmes that feature a strong economics core and helped develop of our specialist economics programmes. The efforts and interests of our Economics team coalesced into our present International Business Suite of Programmes designed from a multi-disciplinary approach, relying less on breadth of content but emphasisng mastery of inter-connected concepts and development of critical reasoning. A crucial element on our programmes is dedication to our students’ careers.
I developed the Futures Awards associated with our suite of programmes which, as a team, we use connected with our Personal Tutor system. Our students successfully participate in University challenges and business competitions and engage with professional organisations, industry experts and external speakers. As a team, we take great pride in their achievements.
With my colleague Melanie Powell, I write the monthly DBS Economic Bulletin, sponsored by Freeths Solicitors which is distributed to businesses around the region. I also regularly engage externally with media (TV and radio).
I am currently module leader for courses in Macroeconomics for Business (UG), Investing and Financial Markets (UG) International Economics for Business and Finance (PG), International Business Economics and Strategy (UG) and International Business Economics and Banking (UG).
I have also been module leader for International Business Theory and Strategy (PG), Global Business Environment (UG), Personal Finance and Investment Management (UG) and Economics for Management (UG). I developed most of the above as new modules, the building blocks for our expanding International Business Suite of programmes designed around a strong economics core.
I supervise PhD research and Post Graduate Independent Studies (dissertations) on our MScs.
I have experience of programme validations, both as developer of programmes and as an external member of the panel. I have UK and international experience as an external examiner.
My academic interests are centred on behavioural economics implications for personal financial wellbeing (particularly pensions) and the application of behavioural insights to macroeconomic and business policymaking.
Additional interests and activities
Since 2014 and with the sponsorship of Freeths, my colleague Melanie Powell and I have been publishing the monthly DBS Economic Bulletin. Each issue looks at a current economic development with the aim of informing and updating regional business and non-specialists. The bulletin also contains a regular legal update brief from Freeths. You can follow the Economic Bulletin at www.derby.ac.uk/economicsbulletin.
I regularly provide expert commentary on economic issues in national and regional media.