Robert E. Wright, PhD, joined the University of Strathclyde in September 2005 as Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics in the Strathclyde Business School. From 1995 to 2005, he was Professor and University Chair in Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Stirling and Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Management. From 1991 to 1994, he was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Glasgow. Before moving to Scotland, he held positions in the Department of Economics at Birkbeck College in London and at the Institute for Research in Public Policy in Ottawa.
He is a Senior Associate at Fraser of Allander Institute; the Research Co-ordinator of the Demography and Social Justice Programme at the Scottish Economic Policy Network; a Panel Member of the International Longevity Centre and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour; For five years, he was the Executive Director of the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics. He is a member of the British Household Panel Survey Scientific Steering Committee; the National Population Projections Expert Advisory Panel, Government Actuary's Department (now ONS); Mortality Research Working Group, Board for Actuarial Standards. He is a Senior External Demographic Expert at the Office of National Statistics, London. He was a member of the Board of the Scottish Parliament's Positive Ageing Project.
He was born in Trenton, Ontario, Canada in 1958. He studied at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Michigan, the University of Stockholm and the National Institute of Demographic Research in Paris.
He has been a Visiting Professor at DELTA in Paris and at the Universities of Amsterdam and Stockholm. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Member of the Higher Education Academy; and an Academician, Council Member and Editorial Board Member of the Academy of the Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. He is a Past President of the European Society for Population Economics and President-elect of the Scottish Economic Society.