I believe in providing our students with a unique and invaluable learning experience, which is founded in the principles of respect, trust, and integrity. I believe in providing a learning environment where students can develop academically and personally as they progress through their studies here in the Business School. The College of Business, Law and Social Sciences has recently invested in a new Bloomberg financial markets lab. This state of the art facility is integrated into our Economics programme, which enables our students to apply economic theory to real-time data.
I am programme leader for our BA (Hons) Economics for Business programme and I also lead a number of undergraduate and postgraduate Economics modules. These include modules on the Economics programme, as well as others on our BA (Hons) Business Studies, BA (Hons) Business Management, BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, and MSc International Business and MSc International Business and Finance programmes.
Economics is a dynamic subject and fascinating to teach in today's ever changing economic climate. Our key aim within the economics and finance team is to teach economics in an applied manner. We encourage our students to apply micro and macro theories to analyse current businesses, markets, industries and countries. Our top-class Bloomberg facilities allows our students access to a wealth of economic, financial and various other business information they may need. The development of such knowledge and skills enables our students to develop their graduate employability skills as they progress through our programmes.
I am an applied economist who researches on public policy issues. More specifically, my research is concerned with a number of interrelated issues such as industrial/enterprise policy development, economic development policy and policy evaluation (from both ex-ante and ex-post perspectives). My key area of interest is in business networks and examining their impact at micro and macro levels.
I have a great passion for my research and love applying theory to practice. At present, I am leading a research project within the economics team, where we are working with the Buxton Festival on an economic impact study. I have also previously worked on other regional research projects which include an innovation baseline study with colleagues in the other D2N2 Universities, and an economic impact study with Sporting Futures on the Derby 10K run.
Annually, I supervise a number of MSc student dissertations. The MSc students that I supervise are from our MSc International Business programmes and there is an international element to all of their dissertations. The topics have varied to include such issues as corporate social responsibility, networks and firm performance, regional networks, various aspects of international trade, and more recently projects examining the viability of outsourcing for accounting firms, as well as another, which is looking at prospects of trade for Pakistani SMEs to the UK.
I have supervised one student to completion (2012-2016). The title of this thesis was "The necessity of capitalist crises: Theory and evidence from Greece, 2000-2012". I also currently supervise 5 PhD students. These research topics are interrelated in that they focus on the evaluation of various policy issues to include topics such as firm performance, behavioural additionality, international trade, low carbon, and the third sector.
As well as supervising our University of Derby Masters and PhD students, I also mentor students who wish to visit us from various research partners. Currently, I am working with two MSc students from Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico, who are working on comparative studies between the UK and Mexico on varying aspects of SME performance.
- BA in Economics and Irish, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
- Graduate Diploma in Economic Science, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
- MBS in Business Economics, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
- PhD, Economics. Evaluating Business Networks: The Case of Ireland, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
- Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCERT), University of Derby, UK.
Additional interests and activities
I am passionate about bringing research and teaching together and I am committed to providing our students with a high quality education. The research I undertake supports my teaching and allows for a research-led teaching environment where academic excellence is combined with a friendly student-centred learning experience.
I am also keen on giving our students the opportunity to work on research projects with our team. In March 2016 I received funding from the University as part of their Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) to offer a bursary to a second student to work on a specified research project. This funding is being used to offer a student the opportunity to work with researchers within the economics team on a project to examine the economic and social impact of the Buxton Festival on its stakeholders. Opportunities like this help students develop their subject knowledge and skills, as well as, developing transferrable skills that will help them as they progress through their studies into future employment.