Staff profile

Dr Eugene Michaels

Senior Lecturer in Economics


Economics and Finance


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School

Research centre

Centre for Business Improvement


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am an applied economist passionate about teaching, enthusiastic about research and keen on professional engagement. My role within the College of Business spans the full range of academic activities from teaching at all levels, to designing, developing and leading programmes, to keynote speaking and business consultancy and to applied research. I have undertaken this role since January 2004.

I am the Programme Leader for our MSc International Business, BA (Hons) International Business (with Foundation and Top-up), BA (Hons) International Business and Finance (with Foundation and Top-up) and BA (Hons) Banking and Finance.

I lead and teach on modules that are part of all our programmes in the Economics and Finance Department.

As a team, we are dedicated to our students’ success and we take great pride in their achievements.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead and teach modules on applied macro and international economics and behavioural economics and finance. In all my modules, I always try to balance academic, practical and research elements.

My current modules are Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics (undergraduate), Investing and Financial Markets (undergraduate), International Business Economics (undergraduate) and International Economics for Business and Finance (postgraduate).

Research interests

My research interests are in behavioural economics implications and applications to pedagogy as well as to macroeconomic and business policy making and personal finance.

My current research is on the use of ‘nudges’ to improve achievement in business degrees in higher education. I am also conducting research into employee perceptions of Brexit in foreign MNEs in the UK and on explaining the gap in growth financing for innovating/early stage SMEs.

I regularly supervise PhD research (with two completions) and Postgraduate dissertations.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

I take part in a wide range of conferences, from teaching and learning to international business and behavioural economics. Recently, I participated at the IBIMA 31st Annual conference in Milan, the University of Derby Learning and Teaching Conference in Buxton, and the CICM Conference in London.

Experience in industry

I am actively engaged with public and private sector organisations. In the last couple of years, I have delivered keynote addresses at seminars and conferences organised by PKF Cooper Parry, Cherry Professional, Geldards and Eversheds.

International experience

I have experience as an External Examiner both in the UK (Sheffield Hallam University) and in Bosnia and Herzegovina (University of Buckingham).

I have led and taught modules both in UK (University of Derby and Nottingham Trent University) and Romania (Bucharest University of Economic Studies).

In the media

I regularly feature in TV, radio and newspapers with expert commentary and short interviews. My highlights include appearances on the BBC Sunday Politics East Midlands programme and commentary on BBC Radio Derby.

Recent publications