Professor of Labour Economics and Skills Development, UCL Institute of Education, UCL

After graduating in Physics at Oxford, I switched to economics with an MSc at the London School of Economics, before writing my PhD thesis on the theory of saving at Birkbeck College. I began my career at the age of 22 at Kingston Polytechnic. After spells at the Universities of Massachusetts, Leicester, Leeds and Kent, I moved to the LLAKES research centre at the Institute in April 2010.

My general interests lie in labour economics, education and political economy. I maintain an interdisciplinary approach in both research and teaching. My research covers three overlapping areas: skill formation in schools and workplaces, the role of unions, and the analysis of job quality.


  • –present
    Professor of Labour Economics and Skills Development, Institute of Education, University of London