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 Programme Director (Economics of Education) and 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); of Teach First (Research), and of Understanding Society (Ethnicity Strand). I was the Independent Chair of the Board of the Somerset Challenge, 2016 – 2017, a locally-funded School Improvement Initiative.
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.
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: