Fiona joined Birmingham Business School in 2007. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of East Anglia (1989) and an MPhil in economics from Cambridge University (1985). Her first degree in Economics, Politics and Quantitative Methods is from The University of East Anglia (1983). Her main theoretical and empirical contributions are concentrated at the intersection between labour economics, the sociology of work and HRM, in health economics and in sports economics and policy. Current research is focussed mainly around employment and policy issues linked to older age, the ageing society and the care economy. Fiona is currently Head of the Department of Business and Labour Economics.
Fiona's research is concentrated at the intersection between labour economics, the sociology of work and HRM and in health economics. She also researches topical issues in sports economics and policy and has published work in economic development and game theory.
A major focus of her research is on the interaction between paid work and individual characteristics and circumstances including older age, caring responsibilities and ethnicity. Current research is located around issues linked to older age and the ageing society, uses mixed-methodologies and is inter-disciplinary.
Her main areas of current research are:
- The ageing labour force: Ageing and employment, retirement decision making, active ageing
- Women's unpaid work particularly the trade-off between informal care provision and paid employment
- Economics of sports and sports policy