Staff profile

Melanie Powell

Senior Lecturer Economics Programme Leader for Msc International Business and Finance and MSc Inter


Economics and Finance


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



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. 

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



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


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Recent conferences

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

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

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.

Recent publications