Professor Nick Adnett

Emeritus Professor of Economics

Justice, Security and Sustainability

Throughout my career I have been excited to record, analyse, question and debate the development of economic analysis and its attempt to interpret and influence the key factors determining economic and social welfare. I have taught and learnt at all levels of higher education in the UK, US and many other European countries. In recent years I have specialised in the supervision of PhD and EdD students and in researching various areas of the economics of educational policy and the economics of European integration and transition.

Professional memberships and activities

Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Member, Irish Research Council Outer Board

Academic qualifications

B.A. (Hons) Special Studies Economics, (Leeds), M. Phil (Leeds)


From an initial interest in Macroeconomics and the History of Economic Thought, I have developed expertise in delivering modules and undertaking research in labour economics and the economics of education and transition. In these latter areas I have published five books and over 50 refereed papers in over twenty international journals. I have been a member of the editorial boards of leading education policy and undertaken research and the evaluation of research for the UK Government, European Commission and USAID. Currently I have supervised 37 PhD students to successful completion and 1 EdD student and have examined doctoral students in the UK and Africa.

Research interests

Labour market policy,
Educational policy
Economics of transition


Recent Publications include:

The Determinants of Gender Differences in Responses to Unemployment in Post-transition Countries – the case of Macedonia, in P. Cveticanin (Ed.) A Life for Tomorrow – Social Transformation in South-East Europe, Centre for Empirical Cultural Studies of South East Europe, 2014 (with D. Nikoloski).

The Economic and Social Benefits of Widening Participation – Reality or rhetoric? In M. Shah, A. Bennett and E. Southgate (Eds.) Widening Higher Education Participation: A Global Perspective, Woodhead Publishing, 2015, pp. 211-24.

The Determinants of Return Migration: the case of Kosovo, Croatian Economic Surveys, 17(2): 57-82 (2015).

An Investigation into the Credibility of the Currency Board Arrangement in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bulgaria, Journal of Comparative Economics, 44: 787-99, (2016), (with S. Begovic and G. Pugh).

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021