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Prof David Bell
University of Stirling
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I have been a Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling since 1990. I have an MA in Economics and Statistics from the University of Aberdeen, an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde.
I have worked as a Lecturer at St. Andrews University (1974-75), a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde (1975-83), a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (1983-85) and a Lecturer (1985-89) and Senior Lecturer (1989-90) at the University of Glasgow.
Since 2011, I have been providing policy advice to the Scottish, Westminster and Irish Governments including work in relation to youth labour market in Europe, UK, Scotland and Ireland with the UK Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Minister of State for Employment, Secretary of State for Scotland, Irish Minister of Employment.I advise the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee, Scotland Bill Committee, Health and Sport Committee and Education and Culture Committee (in relation to economic and social conditions, Scotland’s funding position and potential changes in the financing regime).
University colleague, Professor David Blanchflower, and I have undertaken much of the initial academic research that has led to the major policy focus on youth unemployment (the ‘lost generation’ description of youth unemployment follows the title of one of our early discussion papers on the topic).
I am regularly consulted by the media for expert views in relation to: youth unemployment, constitutional change, education policy and long-term care. Broadcast media appearances include BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Scotland News, BBC Scotland Newsnight, STV News and Channel 4. I am also a regular contributor to The Scotsman newspaper and have appeared in a number of other print publications.
Other Positions and Honours
1998-2000 Member of the Care Development Group, Scottish Government
2003-2004 Member of the Range and Capacity Review Group
2003-2007 Member of the ESRC Training and Development Board
2004-2006 Member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Advisory Group on the Funding of Long-Term Care
2002- Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
2007-2008 Member of Lord Sutherland's Independent Review into free personal & nursing care in Scotland
2007 - Budget Adviser, Finance Committee, Scottish Parliament
2007- Fellow of the World Demographic Association
2008- Research Associate, IZA, Bonn
2008-2010 Member of Commission on Scottish Devolution Expert Group
2003-2007 Member of ESRC Training and Development Board
2011- Member of Scottish Doctoral Training Centre Board
2011- Director of Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) Work and Well- being Programme
2011- Member of CemMap Advisory Committee (Centre for Micro-econometric Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies)
2012 ESRC Research Fellow on Constitutional Change
RATE (Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence) awards 2012, ‘For Excellence in Postgraduate Education’ and ‘Excellence in Teaching’, in the Stirling Management School.
Economics of social care, economics of subjective well-being, the Scottish economy and the economics of education.
Budget Adviser, Scottish Parliament Finance Committee
01/06/2007 - 15/03/2013
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