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.
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.