Professor Peter Urwin

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Professor Peter Urwin is Director of the Centre for Employment Research and Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Westminster. He has focused on the application of approaches used primarily in the field of economics, across a wide variety of subjects. Peter has published in journals such as Work, Employment and Society; Applied Economics and the International Journal of Management Reviews.

Professor Urwin has a particular focus on the issues faced by government policymakers. Within the UK he has worked with HM Revenue and Customs; the department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Justice. In his work he has collaborated with staff from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE, the Policy Studies Institute, Cranfield School of Management and Southampton University.

Peter has supervised PhD and MPhil candidates to successful completion and has acted as a referee for the ESRC and academic journals, including the Manchester School, the Journal of Regional Studies, the Southern Economic Journal and the Economics of Education Review.

Education

PhD Econ: Older workers: Discrimination or Disadvantage? 

MSc Economics, Birkbeck College/University of London Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Worcester College of Higher Education 

BA Honours (Econ.), Liverpool University

Peter has extensive experience of teaching and learning, both through his own teaching and also in previous posts as Director of the Graduate Summer School; Teaching and Learning coordinator; School Professional Tutor and as a University Validation Panel Chair. Alongside this experience, he has furthered his understanding of UK Higher Education (HE) through the development of a successful strand of research. As an example, his more recent work in this area has been part of the evidence developed for the Browne review (Urwin, Gould and Page, 2010). 

Together with his colleague Elizabeth Michielsens, Peter has developed and implemented the Masters Research Methods programme at Westminster Business School. He has received the highest consistent ratings amongst Government Economic Service (GES) Refresher courses, for the course on Econometrics for Policymakers delivered at the Treasury. Working with the GES, Peter has developed and introduced a Masters in Applied Economics at Westminster Business School, which is the only one recommended by the GES in an English University.

Peter attempts to bring original and innovative solutions to the issues faced by Policymakers and those involved in Professional Practice. The strength of this contribution to policy-relevant research derives from his experience working across many of the disciplines which contribute to the study of Business. Peter now leads multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, investigating a variety of issues that have relevance to policy and practice; drawing on the strengths of more than one discipline to ensure unique and innovative solutions and being privileged to work with leading academics.

2014

Representation in UK employment tribunals: analysis of the 2003 and 2008 Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications (SETA) (2014)
Urwin, P.J., Buscha, F. and Latreille, P.
Representation in UK employment tribunals: analysis of the 2003 and 2008 Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications (SETA) British Journal of Industrial Relations 52 (1) 158-184 0007-1080

2012

Measuring the earnings returns to lifelong learning in the UK (2012)
Blanden, J., Buscha, F., Sturgis, P. and Urwin, P.J.
Measuring the earnings returns to lifelong learning in the UK Economics of Education Review 31 (4) 501-514 0272-7757
Quantitative evidence in the evaluation of ADR: the case of judicial mediation in UK employment tribunals (2012)
Urwin, P.J., Latreille, P. and Karuk, V.
Quantitative evidence in the evaluation of ADR: the case of judicial mediation in UK employment tribunals International Journal of Human Resource Management 23 (3) 567-589 0958-5192

2011

Generational differences in work values: a review of theory and evidence (2011)
Parry, E. and Urwin, P.J.
Generational differences in work values: a review of theory and evidence International Journal of Management Reviews 13 (1) 79-96 1460-8545
What difference does it make? Facilitative judicial mediation of discrimination cases in employment tribunals (2011)
Boon, A., Urwin, P.J. and Karuk, V.
What difference does it make? Facilitative judicial mediation of discrimination cases in employment tribunals Industrial Law Journal 40 (1) 45-81 0305-9332

2008

Measuring the returns to networking and the accumulation of social capital: any evidence of bonding, bridging or linking? (2008)
Urwin, P.J., Di Pietro, G., Sturgis, P. and Jack, G.
Measuring the returns to networking and the accumulation of social capital: any evidence of bonding, bridging or linking? American Journal of Economics and Sociology 67 (5) 941-968 0002-9246

2007

Employee voice regimes and the characteristics of conflict: an analysis of the 2003 survey of employment tribunal applications (2007)
Urwin, P.J., Murphy, R. and Michielsens, E.
Employee voice regimes and the characteristics of conflict: an analysis of the 2003 survey of employment tribunal applications Human Resource Management Journal 17 (2) 178-197 0954-5395

2006

The impact of the National Minimum Wage in low-wage sectors: does the Earnings Top-up Evaluation study add to our understanding? (2006)
Urwin, P.J., Jack, G. and Lissenburgh, S.
The impact of the National Minimum Wage in low-wage sectors: does the Earnings Top-up Evaluation study add to our understanding? Industrial Relations Journal 37 (3) 259-277 0019-8692
Age discrimination: legislation and human capital accumulation (2006)
Urwin, P.J.
Age discrimination: legislation and human capital accumulation Employee Relations 28 (1) 87-97 0142-5455
Education and skills mismatch in the Italian graduate labour market (2006)
Di Pietro, G. and Urwin, P.J.
Education and skills mismatch in the Italian graduate labour market Applied Economics 38 (1) 79-94 0003-6846

2005

The impact of research and teaching quality inputs on the employment outcomes of postgraduates (2005)
Urwin, P.J. and Di Pietro, G.
The impact of research and teaching quality inputs on the employment outcomes of postgraduates Higher Education Quarterly 59 (4) 275-295 0951-5224
How do voice regimes influence conflict in the workplace? (2005)
Urwin, P.J., Michielsens, E. and Murphy, R.
How do voice regimes influence conflict in the workplace? People Management 11 (18) 1358-6297

2003

Intergenerational mobility and occupational status in Italy (2003)
Di Pietro, G. and Urwin, P.J.
Intergenerational mobility and occupational status in Italy Applied Economics Letters 10 (12) 793-797 1350-4851

2002

High tech manufacturing and economic growth in the APEC region: how important is absorptive capacity? (2002)
Di Pietro, G., Kramer, S. and Urwin, P.J.
High tech manufacturing and economic growth in the APEC region: how important is absorptive capacity? APEC Review 9 (1) 117-139

2001

Age and participation in vocational education and training (2001)
Taylor, P. and Urwin, P.J.
Age and participation in vocational education and training Work, Employment & Society 15 (4) 763-779 0950-0170

2014

Back to basics: Is there a significant generational dimension and where does it ‘cut’? (2014)
Buscha, F., Parry, E. and Urwin, P.J.
Back to basics: Is there a significant generational dimension and where does it ‘cut’? in: Parry, E. (ed.) Generational diversity at work: new research perspectives Abingdon, Oxon Routledge pp. 81-94

2011

Access to the legal profession (2011)
Urwin, P.J.
Access to the legal profession in: Webster, M. (ed.) Diversity League Table 2011: a demographic survey of the legal profession. 6th edition London Black Solicitors Network
Diversity's contribution to the bottom line: assigning a monetary value to diversity initiatives (2011)
Dodds, I., David, A.H., Moss, G., Karuk, V. and Urwin, P.J.
Diversity's contribution to the bottom line: assigning a monetary value to diversity initiatives in: Moss, G. (ed.) Lessons on profiting from diversity Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan

2006

Undergraduate student perceptions of quantitative skills abilities, and subsequent performance in quantitative skills testing (2006)
Urwin, P.J. and Hedges, P.F.
Undergraduate student perceptions of quantitative skills abilities, and subsequent performance in quantitative skills testing in: Kyriakidou, N. (ed.) International reflections on education and business Athens, Greece ATINER pp. 201-214

2013

Estimating the labour market returns to qualifications gained in English further education using the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) (2013)
Buscha, F. and Urwin, P.J.
Estimating the labour market returns to qualifications gained in English further education using the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) London Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

2012

The role of small businesses in employment and enterprise (2012)
Urwin, P.J. and Buscha, F.
The role of small businesses in employment and enterprise Federation of Small Businesses
Representations in UK employment tribunals: analysis of the 2003 and 2008 survey of employment tribunal applications (SETA) (2012)
Buscha, F., Latreille, P. and Urwin, P.J.
Representations in UK employment tribunals: analysis of the 2003 and 2008 survey of employment tribunal applications (SETA) London Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

2011

The strategic economic impact of diversity on business performance (2011)
Urwin, P.J., Karuk, V., David, A.H., Dodds, I. and Moss, G.
The strategic economic impact of diversity on business performance Commissioned by Diversity Works for London
The impact of the economy on recruitment and retention in the armed forces: final report (2011)
Parry, E., Urwin, P.J., Tyson, S., Buscha, F. and Gould, M.
The impact of the economy on recruitment and retention in the armed forces: final report Ministry of Defence
Patterns of representation in SETA 2008 (2011)
Buscha, F., Latreille, P. and Urwin, P.J.
Patterns of representation in SETA 2008 Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)
Analysis of the survey of employment tribunal applications (2011)
Buscha, F., Latreille, P. and Urwin, P.J.
Analysis of the survey of employment tribunal applications Commissioned by the Trades Union Congress

2010

Measuring the returns to lifelong learning (2010)
Blanden, J., Buscha, F., Sturgis, P. and Urwin, P.J.
Measuring the returns to lifelong learning London School of Economics
Statistical research into measuring adult educational attainment using the Labour Force Survey (2010)
Buscha, F., Urwin, P.J. and Sturgis, P.
Statistical research into measuring adult educational attainment using the Labour Force Survey Commissioned by Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Office of National Statistics

2009

Evaluating the use of judicial mediation in employment tribunals: processes, outcomes and costs (2009)
Urwin, P.J., Chevalier, P.A., Karuk, V., Latreille, P., Michielsens, E., Page, L., Siara, B., Speckesser, S. and Boon, A.
Evaluating the use of judicial mediation in employment tribunals: processes, outcomes and costs Commissioned by the Ministry of Justice
Tapping into talent: the age factor and generation issues (2009)
Parry, E. and Urwin, P.J.
Tapping into talent: the age factor and generation issues London Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

2008

Implementing diversity employment policies: examples from large London companies (2008)
Michielsens, E., Bingham, C., Clarke, L., Miller, S., Urwin, P.J., Siara, B. and Karuk, V.
Implementing diversity employment policies: examples from large London companies London London First and University of Westminster
The role of brands in UK economy and society (2008)
Urwin, P.J., Karuk, V., Hedges, P.F. and Auton, F.
The role of brands in UK economy and society Commissioned by the British Brands Group
Valuing brands in the UK economy (2008)
Urwin, P.J., Karuk, V., Hedges, P.F. and Auton, F.
Valuing brands in the UK economy London Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, commissioned by the British Brands Group
Small businesses in the UK: new perspectives on evidence and policy (2008)
Urwin, P.J., Karuk, V., Buscha, F. and Siara, B.
Small businesses in the UK: new perspectives on evidence and policy London Commissioned by the Federation of Small Businesses
Ownership and the strategic behaviour of small and medium size manufacturing firms (2008)
Ghobadian, A., Urwin, P.J., O'Regan, N. and Buscha, F.
Ownership and the strategic behaviour of small and medium size manufacturing firms British Academy of Management Conference 2008 Majestic Hotel, Harrogate 9 - 11 Sep 2008
The effect of lifelong learning on intra-generational social mobility - evidence from longitudinal data in the United Kingdom (2008)
Blanden, J., Sturgis, P., Buscha, F. and Urwin, P.J.
The effect of lifelong learning on intra-generational social mobility - evidence from longitudinal data in the United Kingdom Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills
Employee and employer responses to engaging in work based learning: a qualitative study (2008)
Beadsmoore, A., Karuk, V., Siara, B. and Urwin, P.J.
Employee and employer responses to engaging in work based learning: a qualitative study Report to the Higher Education Academy

2007

Developing a framework for analysis of university students' workbased learning: report on preliminary findings and appropriateness of approach (2007)
Karuk, V., Michielsens, E., Siara, B. and Urwin, P.J.
Developing a framework for analysis of university students' workbased learning: report on preliminary findings and appropriateness of approach E-Evolve Enhancing Employability Conference University of Central Lancashire, Preston 04-05 Sep 2007

2005

Employee voice regimes and the characteristics of conflict: an analysis of the 2003 survey of employment tribunal applications (2005)
Urwin, P.J., Michielsens, E. and Murphy, R.
Employee voice regimes and the characteristics of conflict: an analysis of the 2003 survey of employment tribunal applications CIPD Professional Standards Conference Keele, UK 27-29 Jun 2005
Measuring the returns to networking and the accumulation of social capital: are the yuppies networking? (2005)
Urwin, P.J., Jack, G., Sturgis, P. and Di Pietro, G.
Measuring the returns to networking and the accumulation of social capital: are the yuppies networking? ESPE 2005: XIX Annual Conference of the European Society of Population Economics Paris, France 16-18 Jun 2005
Identifying the returns to networking and social capital accumulation (2005)
Urwin, P.J., Jack, G., Sturgis, P. and Di Pietro, G.
Identifying the returns to networking and social capital accumulation Whither Social Capital? Past, Present and Future, An International Conference London, UK 06-07 April 2005
The impact of the National Minimum Wage in low wage sectors: does the earnings top-up evaluation study add to our understanding? (2005)
Urwin, P.J., Jack, G. and Lissenburgh, S.
The impact of the National Minimum Wage in low wage sectors: does the earnings top-up evaluation study add to our understanding? Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2005 Nottingham, UK 23 Mar 2005
Student perceptions of quantitative skills abilities, and subsequent performance in quantitative skills training (2005)
Urwin, P.J. and Hedges, P.F.
Student perceptions of quantitative skills abilities, and subsequent performance in quantitative skills training 7th Athens Institute for Education and Research, International Conference on Education Athens, Greece 20-22 May 2005
Measuring the impacts of widening participation projects: how do we identify the impact of programmes that aim to support progression for disadvantaged groups (2005)
Urwin, P.J.
Measuring the impacts of widening participation projects: how do we identify the impact of programmes that aim to support progression for disadvantaged groups Higher Education Academy Annual Conference 2005: Enhancing the Student Experience Edinburgh, UK 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2005

2003

Reconciling differences between the estimates of London jobs gained from Employer Surveys and the Labour Force Survey (2003)
Urwin, P.J.
Reconciling differences between the estimates of London jobs gained from Employer Surveys and the Labour Force Survey Greater London Authority
How many futures for UK higher education?: strategic choices facing UK universities in light of the government's recent white paper (2003)
Urwin, P.J.
How many futures for UK higher education?: strategic choices facing UK universities in light of the government's recent white paper 5th Athens Institute for Education and Research, International Conference on Education Athens, Greece 23-24 May 2003
Education and skills mismatch in the Italian graduate labour market (2003)
Di Pietro, G. and Urwin, P.J.
Education and skills mismatch in the Italian graduate labour market Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003 Warwick, UK 07-09 Apr 2003

2001

New deal for young people: national survey of participants: stage 2 (2001)
Bonjour, D., Dorsett, R., Knight, G., Lissenburgh, S., Mukherjee, A., Payne, J., Range, M., Urwin, P.J. and White, M.
New deal for young people: national survey of participants: stage 2 Sheffield, UK Employment Service

2011

Self employment, small firms and enterprise (2011)
Urwin, P.J.
Self employment, small firms and enterprise London Institute of Economic Affairs

2010

Self-employment: ladder of opportunity or employment ghetto? (2010)
Urwin, P.J.
Self-employment: ladder of opportunity or employment ghetto? Institute of Economic Affairs

2008

Estimating ethnic parity in Jobcentre Plus programmes: a quantitative analysis using the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) (2008)
Crawford, C., Dearden, L., Mesnard, A., Shaw, J., Sianesi, B. and Urwin, P.J.
Estimating ethnic parity in Jobcentre Plus programmes: a quantitative analysis using the Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study (WPLS) Leeds Corporate Document Services

2003

Measuring the impact of higher education quality inputs on the first destinations of graduates : do QAA aspect scores add to the explanation? (2003)
Urwin, P.J. and Di Pietro, G.
Measuring the impact of higher education quality inputs on the first destinations of graduates : do QAA aspect scores add to the explanation? London, UK Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, commissioned by the British Brands Group

2008

Diversity league table 2008 - Ethnicity and gender in the legal profession (2008)
Urwin, P.J. and Karuk, V.
Diversity league table 2008 - Ethnicity and gender in the legal profession Black Solicitors Network

2001

The role of private employment agencies in placing the unemployed (2001)
Urwin, P.J. and Shackleton, J.R.
The role of private employment agencies in placing the unemployed London, UK House of Commons Employment Committee

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