Staff profile

Dr Ghulam Mustafa

Lecturer in Economics

Ghulam Mustafa smiling.


Economics and Finance


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Research centre

Centre for Business Improvement




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am an applied economist interested in economic growth, social policy, and institutions. My research has covered topics such as the role of human capital in growth, the impact of fracking on health, the role of trade liberalisation in fostering economic growth and human development.

I have extensive teaching experience, gained from teaching a range of subjects in economics and quantitative skills at the Queen Mary University of London, Middlesex University, London and prestigious universities in Pakistan. I have disseminated my research output at a number of conferences in England, Scotland and the USA.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead and teach a module in econometrics, which is about understanding empirical research and how we can use applied econometric techniques to understand economic issues. I also lead on quantitative skills for the business module, which is about the ability to use spreadsheets for quantitative analysis, and the skills to interpret and communicate the results of data analysis. Also, I lead the corporate governance module, which looks at the framework of rules underpinning the relationships between corporations, their stakeholders, the government and the society at large. These modules contribute to key skills development for the employability of our graduates.  I have been responsible for teaching the following modules: 

Professional interests

The Enterprise Evaluation and Applied Economics Cluster Seminar Series

I have had the responsibility to organise seminar series for the Enterprise Evaluation and Applied Economics Cluster since 2018. Our research seminars showcase the research being undertaken by the cluster, as part of the Centre for Business Improvement. The series brings together prominent economists, staff and PhD students to present their work in the field.

Research projects:

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


I have won a number of scholarships during my studies for excellent academic performance.

Recent conferences

Recent publications

Dilapidated stairway leading up from a subway tunnel, painted turquoise.

When the government talks of 'levelling up', what does it mean, what are the conditions that make it necessary and how can it be achieved? Economics Lecturer Ghulam Mustafa, of the University of Derby, explores the data in this new blog.