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Prof. Urwin has over 15 years’ experience leading large-scale evaluations for a range of government departments, including DfE, MoJ, MoD, HMRC, BEIS, DIT and DWP; and has been providing expert advice to HMRC for over a decade. Together with staff at the Policy Studies Institute, Peter worked on one of the first DWP New Deal evaluations; he has worked with the Institute for Fiscal Studies on evaluation of Jobcentre Plus programmes; he was commissioned to provide evidence as part of the Browne Review; Peter led the mixed-methods evaluation of judicial mediation in Employment Tribunals for the Ministry of Justice; created the cost-benefit framework used to estimate the Economic Impact for Acas Services, contributing to the Acas Triennial review; his work for the Ministry of Defence fed into the Strategic Defence and Security Review and work for BIS [now BEIS] formed part of the Nov 2015 Spending review submission

Since 2010 Peter has led a series of investigations using a matched dataset that draws together administrative data from DWP, HMRC, BEIS and DfE; and now leads (as Principle Investigator) an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded study that is one of the first investigations of the full English administrative data record (called LEO, or Longitudinal Education Outcomes )

Peter is a committed communicator of Economics to a wider audience and alongside his many media appearances, he hosts Economist Questions on Share Radio. 


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. 

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. 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.