Professor Peter Urwin

Professor of Applied Economics

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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. 

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. 

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.

2018

Technical Education in England: Investigating Seven Key Assumptions (2018)
Urwin, P. 2018. Technical Education in England: Investigating Seven Key Assumptions.

2017

Identifying Variation in Learner Outcomes by Further Education Provider (2017)
Urwin, P. and Cerqua, A. 2017. Identifying Variation in Learner Outcomes by Further Education Provider. Department for Education.
Strengths-based performance conversations: an organisational field trial (2017)
Gifford, J., Urwin, P. and Cerqua, A. 2017. Strengths-based performance conversations: an organisational field trial. London Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
An investigation of the barriers to Fellowship and Lectureship applications experienced by BAME and female early career researchers at Imperial College (2017)
Wilson, K.Y., Urwin, P. and Williamson, M. 2017. An investigation of the barriers to Fellowship and Lectureship applications experienced by BAME and female early career researchers at Imperial College. Imperial College.

2016

Returns to Maths and English Learning (at level 2 and below) in Further Education (2016)
Cerqua, A. and Urwin, P. 2016. Returns to Maths and English Learning (at level 2 and below) in Further Education. London Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Estimating the Economic Impact of Acas Services (2016)
Urwin, P. and Gould, M. 2016. Estimating the Economic Impact of Acas Services. Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).
Estimating the Value of Discounted Rental Accommodation for London’s ‘Squeezed’ Key Workers (2016)
Urwin, P., Gould, M. and Faggio, G. 2016. Estimating the Value of Discounted Rental Accommodation for London’s ‘Squeezed’ Key Workers. Dolphin Square Foundation.

2015

The Impact Of Skills And Training Interventions On The Unemployed: Phase II Report (2015)
Bibby, D., Cerqua, A., Thomson, D. and Urwin, P. 2015. The Impact Of Skills And Training Interventions On The Unemployed: Phase II Report. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

2014

Diversity in STEMM: Establishing a Business Case (2014)
Wright, A., Michielsens, E., Snijders, S., Kumarappan, L., Williamson, M., Clarke, L. and Urwin, P. 2014. Diversity in STEMM: Establishing a Business Case. Royal Society.
Estimating earnings returns to vocational qualifications using administrative data (2014)
Bibby, D., Buscha, F., Cerqua, A., Thomson, D. and Urwin, P.J. 2014. Estimating earnings returns to vocational qualifications using administrative data. London Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Housing policy in high-density global cities: a cost benefit model of sub-market rental accommodation in Central London (2014)
D'Costa, S., Urwin, P.J., Hedges, P.F., Rich, V. and Lister, M. 2014. Housing policy in high-density global cities: a cost benefit model of sub-market rental accommodation in Central London. Dolphin Square Foundation.

2013

The Business Case for Equality and Diversity: a survey of the academic literature (2013)
Urwin, P., Parry, E., Dodds, I., David, A.H. and Karuk, V. 2013. The Business Case for Equality and Diversity: a survey of the academic literature. London Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
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. 2013. 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. 2012. 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. 2012. 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. 2011. 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. 2011. 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. 2011. 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. 2011. 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. 2010. 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. 2010. 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. 2009. 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. 2009. Tapping into talent: the age factor and generation issues. London Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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. 2008. The effect of lifelong learning on intra-generational social mobility - evidence from longitudinal data in the United Kingdom. Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
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. 2008. 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. 2008. 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. 2008. 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. 2008. Small businesses in the UK: new perspectives on evidence and policy. London Commissioned by the Federation of Small Businesses.
Diversity league table 2008 - Ethnicity and gender in the legal profession (2008)
Urwin, P.J. and Karuk, V. 2008. Diversity league table 2008 - Ethnicity and gender in the legal profession. Black Solicitors Network.
Employee and employer responses to engaging in work based learning: a qualitative study (2008)
Beadsmoore, A., Karuk, V., Siara, B. and Urwin, P.J. 2008. Employee and employer responses to engaging in work based learning: a qualitative study. Report to the Higher Education Academy.

2003

Reconciling differences between the estimates of London jobs gained from Employer Surveys and the Labour Force Survey (2003)
Urwin, P.J. 2003. Reconciling differences between the estimates of London jobs gained from Employer Surveys and the Labour Force Survey. Greater London Authority.

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. 2001. New deal for young people: national survey of participants: stage 2. Sheffield, UK Employment Service.
The role of private employment agencies in placing the unemployed (2001)
Urwin, P.J. and Shackleton, J.R. 2001. The role of private employment agencies in placing the unemployed. London, UK House of Commons Employment Committee.

2017

Barriers and Drivers of Diversity: Analysis of 10 years of the BSN Diversity Survey Sample of Firms (2017)
Urwin, P. and Gould, M. 2017. Barriers and Drivers of Diversity: Analysis of 10 years of the BSN Diversity Survey Sample of Firms. in: Diversity League Table: a 10-year demographic survey of the legal profession Black Solicitors Network. pp. 15-25

2014

Back to basics: Is there a significant generational dimension and where does it ‘cut’? (2014)
Buscha, F., Parry, E. and Urwin, P.J. 2014. 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. 2011. 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. 2011. 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. 2006. 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

2017

The evidence-base for generational differences: where do we go from here? (2017)
Parry, E. and Urwin, P.J. 2017. The evidence-base for generational differences: where do we go from here? Work, Aging and Retirement. 3 (2), pp. 140-148.

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. 2014. Representation in UK employment tribunals: analysis of the 2003 and 2008 Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications (SETA). British Journal of Industrial Relations. 52 (1), pp. 158-184.

2012

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

2011

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

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. 2008. 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), pp. 941-968.

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. 2007. Employee voice regimes and the characteristics of conflict: an analysis of the 2003 survey of employment tribunal applications. Human Resource Management Journal. 17 (2), pp. 178-197.

2006

Education and skills mismatch in the Italian graduate labour market (2006)
Di Pietro, G. and Urwin, P.J. 2006. Education and skills mismatch in the Italian graduate labour market. Applied Economics. 38 (1), pp. 79-94.
Age discrimination: legislation and human capital accumulation (2006)
Urwin, P.J. 2006. Age discrimination: legislation and human capital accumulation. Employee Relations. 28 (1), pp. 87-97.
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. 2006. 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), pp. 259-277.

2005

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

2003

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

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. 2002. High tech manufacturing and economic growth in the APEC region: how important is absorptive capacity? APEC Review. 9 (1), pp. 117-139.

2001

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

2015

It’s the Economy Stupid: Economics for Voters (2015)
Pryce, V., Ross, A. and Urwin, P. 2015. It’s the Economy Stupid: Economics for Voters. London Biteback Publishing.

2011

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

2010

Self-employment: ladder of opportunity or employment ghetto? (2010)
Urwin, P.J. 2010. 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. 2008. 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. 2003. 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.

2013

Student Choices of Topic Areas: What Can We Learn? (2013)
Hedges, P.F. and Urwin, P.J. 2013. Student Choices of Topic Areas: What Can We Learn? Developments in Economics Education conference 2013. University of Exeter 05 - 06 Sep 2013

2011

Developing and Assessing the Communication Skills of MSc Applied Economics Students (2011)
Hedges, P.F. and Urwin, P.J. 2011. Developing and Assessing the Communication Skills of MSc Applied Economics Students. Developments in Economics Education conference 2011. London School of Political Science and Economics 06 - 07 Sep 2011

2009

Designing a new Masters in Applied Economics (2009)
Hedges, P.F. and Urwin, P.J. 2009. Designing a new Masters in Applied Economics. Developments in Economics Education conference 2011. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 07 Sep 9 - 10 Nov 2009

2008

Becoming a Government Economist: Who Passes, Who Fails? (2008)
Hedges, P.F., Urwin, P.J. and Buscha, F. 2008. Becoming a Government Economist: Who Passes, Who Fails? The Royal Economic Society Conference 2008. University of Warwick 17 - 19 Mar 2008
Ownership and the strategic behaviour of small and medium size manufacturing firms (2008)
Ghobadian, A., Urwin, P.J., O'Regan, N. and Buscha, F. 2008. 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

2007

What makes a good government economist? (2007)
Hedges, P.F., Urwin, P.J. and Buscha, F. 2007. What makes a good government economist? Developments in Economics Education conference 2007. University of Cambridge 06 - 07 Sep 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. 2007. 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

2006

Comparing Business Students' Perceptions of their Skills and Abilities with Actual Performance: Does Over-Confidence Influence Progression to Level 5? (2006)
Hedges, P.F. and Urwin, P.J. 2006. Comparing Business Students' Perceptions of their Skills and Abilities with Actual Performance: Does Over-Confidence Influence Progression to Level 5? European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Conference 2006. Northumbria University

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. 2005. 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. 2005. 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. 2005. 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. 2005. 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. 2005. 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. 2005. 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

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. 2003. 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. 2003. Education and skills mismatch in the Italian graduate labour market. Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003. Warwick, UK 07-09 Apr 2003

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