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Stephen Drinkwater


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Stephen Drinkwater is Professor of Economics at the Business School at the University of Roehampton, London. He was previously a Reader in Economics at Swansea University and a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Surrey prior to that. He has also been employed as a research fellow at the University of Portsmouth and Manchester Metropolitan University. Stephen is also a research fellow at the Institute for Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at the University of Manchester, the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Data, Research and Methods (WISERD) and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), University College London.

Research interests

Stephen's main research interests lie in applied micro economics, particularly within the labour market as well as regional issues. His research has primarily focused on labour market discrimination, self-employment, industrial relations, international and interregional migration, the effect of language on economic activity and voting behaviour.

Research projects

Stephen has received research funding from a range of external organisations including the European Commission (to investigate the impact of East-West migration following EU enlargement), the Joseph Rowntree Foundatiaon (to examine the performance of ethnic minorities in the UK labour market), the Welsh Government (to analyse subjective wellbeing as well as various projects on labour market outcomes), NORFACE (to examine migration strategies of recent Polish migrants to the UK) and the ESRC (for a socio-economic analysis of recent Polish migration to the UK, to assess widening access policies on HE participation in Wales and is currently a co-investigator on two work packages on the WISERD Civil Society project: £6.2 million funding from 2014 to 2019).

Consultancy work

Stephen has carried out a range of consultancy projects including for the OECD, Government Office for Science, ESRC, European Commission/IZA, Welsh Development Agency, Surrey County Council, Portsmouth City Council and South Hampshire Local Authorities.

Projects include Entrepreneurship amongst Ethnic and Immigrant Groups in the UK (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), the Impact of Immigration on Host Economies (Government Office for Science), an Evaluation of the Census Programme (ESRC) and Welfare Participation Amongst Immigrants in the UK and Assessing the Migration Potential from Eastern PArtnership Countries to the UK (European Commission/IZA).


Business Organisations and Environments in a Global Context

Labour Economics 

Research Methods


  • HB Economic Theory
  • Labour and Regional Economics
  • HA Statistics
  • Labour Markets and Migration

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Research Output

Attitudes Towards Asylum Seekers: Understanding Differences Between Rural and Urban Areas

Crawley, H., Drinkwater, S. & Kausar, R., 14 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Rural Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Barriers to Enterprise Development in the Caribbean

Drinkwater, S., Lashley, J. & Robinson, C., 20 Sep 2018, In : Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. 30, 1, p. 942-963

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
4 Downloads (Pure)

Labour Market and Social Integration of Eastern European Migrants in Scotland and Portugal

Dickey, H., Drinkwater, S. & Shubin, S., 5 Jun 2018, In : Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. 50, 6

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
60 Downloads (Pure)

Migrant Entrepreneurship

Drinkwater, S., 26 Jan 2018, The SAGE Handbook of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Blackburn, R., De Clercq, D. & Heinonen, J. (eds.). SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, p. 94-106

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

The effect of schools on school leavers' university participation

Taylor, C., Wright, C., Davies, R., Rees, G., Evans, C. & Drinkwater, S., 2018, In : School Effectiveness and School Improvement.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


  • 6 Invited talk
  • 5 Oral presentation

Migration, Austerity and Brexit: A Regional Analysis of Hate Crimes in England and Wales

Stephen Drinkwater (Speaker)
2 Jul 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Migration and Space

Stephen Drinkwater (Speaker)
21 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Migration and Integration into the UK Labour Market

Stephen Drinkwater (Speaker)
1 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Quantitative Analysis of Civic Participation amongst migrants in Wales and the UK

Stephen Drinkwater (Speaker)
7 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Migration, Ethnicity and Self-Employment

Stephen Drinkwater (Speaker)
18 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

European Migrants

Stephen Drinkwater


1 Media contribution

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Subjective well-being in a transition economy: evidence from Macedonia

Author: Grkovska, M., 25 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Drinkwater, S. (Supervisor) & Arabsheibani, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis