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Dr Vincent Rich is Head of the School of Organisations, Economy and Society, a post he has held since August 2018. Prior to that he was Head of Economics and Quantitative Methods Department at Westminster Business School for over twenty years. The School of Organisations, Economy and Society is home to some 60 academic staff and is distinctively cross-disciplinary in nature. It includes staff with backgrounds in Economics, Human Resource Management, Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Vincent has ultimate responsibility for the day-to-day management of the School including financial planning and the strategic development of the School and its activities. He is part of the College Executive Group of Westminster Business School.

Vincent is a member of the Steering Committee for the Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics (CHUDE), a committee of the Royal Economic Society. He is also an Economic Assessor for the Fast Stream Assessment Centre of the Government Economic Service (GES).

Vincent was an undergraduate at the University of East Anglia, undertook postgraduate study at the University of Reading and holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His current research interests encompass development economics and natural resource economics, as well as economics education. Vincent is a committed and experienced educator, with wide-ranging experience in teaching economics and international development from first year undergraduate to Masters' level. He has been a Course Leader and for four years held the post of Director of Undergraduate Studies in Westminster Business School, with responsibility for the oversight of some 3,000 students.

Vincent joined the University of Westminster in 1988 after working for a number of years as a Senior Consultant with CRU International, a leading independent economic consultancy focused on the metals and minerals industry. There, he worked as an adviser on projects for governments and for major international mining companies. He subsequently acted as a freelance consultant for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and published widely on non-ferrous metals and on the scrap and recycling industry. He has lived and worked in Zimbabwe and Australia, and has undertaken field research in Mozambique and Tanzania.


  • PhD Development Studies, SOAS, University of London
  • MSc Agricultural Economics, University of Reading
  • BA Development Studies (Economics), University of East Anglia

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics (CHUDE)
  • Member, Society of Professional Economists
  • Member, Royal African Society
  • Member, Development Studies Association