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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 the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at the University of Manchester 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 to evaluate the Census Programme).

Consultancy work

I have carried out a range of consultancy projects including for the OECD, Government Office for Science and the European Commission/IZA.

Projects include Entrepreneurship amongst Ethnic and Immigrant Groups in the UK (OECD), 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 (European Commission/IZA).


Business Organisations and Environments in a Global Context

Economics and Government

Research Methods

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