After graduating in Physics at Oxford, Francis Green switched to economics with an MSc at the London School of Economics, before writing his PhD thesis on the theory of saving at Birkbeck College. He began his career at the age of 22 at Kingston Polytechnic. After spells at the Universities of Massachusetts, Leicester, Leeds and Kent, in 2010 he moved to the Institute of Education (now a faculty of UCL), where he now works in the LLAKES research centre and in the Centre for Global Higher Education.
His general interests lie in labour economics, education economics and political economy. He maintains an interdisciplinary approach in both research and teaching. His research focuses on skills, training, work quality and industrial relations issues. He has published more than 150 articles and nine books, including "Demanding Work. The Paradox of Job Quality in the Affluent Economy" (Princeton University Press, 2006). His study, entitled "Skills and Skilled Work. An Economic and Social Analysis", was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. He regularly provides consultancy advice and reports for UK government departments and agencies, as well as for a range of international organisations, including the OECD, World Bank and the European Commission.