I am a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, at the University of Bristol . I am also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor. Currently, I sit on the Advisory Boards of Teach First (Research), Behavioural Insights Team (Research), and Understanding Society (Ethnicity Strand). I am the independent Chair of the Board of the Somerset Challenge.
I was the Director of The Centre for Market and Public Organisation, CMPO from 2004 – 2015. I was also the Director of The Centre for Understanding Behaviour Change, CUBeC from 2010 – 2014. Before that I was Faculty Research Dean for the Faculty of Social Science and Law at the University of Bristol.
Despite all these affiliations, there’s only one boss I listen to.
I am a labour economist, and for the last ten years or so my research interests have been in the economics of education. My particular interests are in teacher effectiveness; pupil motivation; school accountability; choice and competition, school admissions and unequal access to high-performing schools. I also work on the educational performance of minority students and ethnic segregation in schools.
Previously I have worked on employment and unemployment dynamics, the analysis of poverty and household income dynamics, incentives in organisations, and a few other topics.
Something else I do with my time is landscape photography, though not as much as I’d like and not as well as I’d like:
According to Flickr’s algorithm, these are my “best” ones: