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Professor Richard Harris

BA, MA, PhD

Deputy Dean (Research), Professor of Economics

Before joining Durham University Business School in September 2012, Richard held the positions of Alec Cairncross Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Centre for Public Policy for Regions at Glasgow University. He previously worked at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Portsmouth in the UK and Waikato in New Zealand. He holds degrees from the Universities of Belfast, Lancaster and Kent.

Biography

Before joining Durham University Business School in September 2012, Richard held the positions of Alec Cairncross Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Centre for Public Policy for Regions at Glasgow University. He previously worked at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and Portsmouth in the UK and Waikato in New Zealand. He holds degrees from the Universities of Belfast, Lancaster and Kent.

To date (August 2016), he has published some 151 journal articles, book chapters, and books. He has undertaken a significant amount of public policy research, including extensive work for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) involving acting as an External Advisor on Trade Development Activities and the Asia Task Force project. In 2012-13 he was a member of the BIS/Foresight Lead Expert Group that reported in October 2013 on ‘The Future of Manufacturing in the UK’; and a Special Advisor to the UK Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards. Currently he is a member of the ESRC Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) Project Approvals Panel.

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Research Interests

  • Micro-analysis of firm/plant level productivity in the UK using panel data
  • Differences in (UK) regional performance
  • Evaluation of government industrial policy
  • Relative performance of UK SMEs
  • Evaluation methodology for impact of government assistance on TFP
  • Relative performance of family-owned SMEs

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Contact Details

Deputy Dean (Research), Professor of Economics
+44 191 3345388