pic of me for webAbout me

I am a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, at the University of Bristol .

I was Director of The Centre for Market and Public Organisation, CMPO from 2004 – 2014, an ESRC-funded Research Centre. I was also Director of The Centre for Understanding Behaviour Change, CUBeC, from 2010 – 2014, a Department for Education-funded Research Centre. Before that I was Faculty Research Dean for the Faculty of Social Science and Law.

I am a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor,  I am a Governor of NIESR. I sit on the Advisory Boards of Save the Children’s “Children’s Communities” programme, of the ‘What Works Centre’ for access to university  Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education, of the Behavioural Insights Team (Research),  Teach First (Research), and Understanding Society (Ethnicity Strand). I was the Independent Chair of the Board of the Somerset Challenge, 2016 – 2017.

Despite all these affiliations, there’s only one boss I listen to.

I am a labour economist, and for the last twenty 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.

A bit more detail:
Brief biography
A reasonably up-to-date list of my publications
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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:
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