Although categorized as an applied economist, he is better described as a researcher of policy-relevant, social science issues. Specifically he is interested in research that puts people and social issues (rather than money) at the core of economic concern.

Don has written over 90 academic peer-reviewed articles and led or collaborated on £2.2m of externally funded research. His work has been discussed at the United Nation's International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Welsh Government and elsewhere. He is part of a consortium that recently completed an AHRC-sponsored project investigating the influence of design on the Bristol and Bath economy.

Prospective PhD students who wish to study productivity (very broadly defined), health, education and/or geographically-related issues are encouraged to contact him for further discussion. He is very open to qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research.

Areas of Expertise

  • Productivity
  • geography
  • microeconomics
  • health
  • mixed methods

Publications

  1. & Regional Growth Paths and Resilience: A European Analysis. Economic Geography 94(4), 355-375.
  2. & Explaining productivity in a poor productivity region. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 50(1), 157-174.
  3. & Is temporary employment a cause or consequence of poor mental health?. Social Science and Medicine 134, 50-58.
  4. & Mental and physical health: re-assessing the relationship with employment propensity. Work, Employment and Society 28(3), 407-429.
  5. & The Changing Influence of Societal Culture on Job Satisfaction across Europe. British Journal of Management 27(3), 606-627.

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Teaching

  • MN-3568 Contending Perspectives in Economics

    This module will introduce students to different ways of thinking about economics.

  • MN-M586 Contending Perspectives in Economics

    This module will introduce students to different ways of thinking about economics.

Supervision

  • The nexus between managerial decision making, productivity and firm survival rates in peripheral regions. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Blackaby
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jinke Li