|Reader in Economics||
Duncan dot Watson at uea dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 3275
Duncan is primarily a labour economist, with a background of research into low wages. Whilst retaining his commitment to this area of expertise, much of his recent research has been considerably less conventional in form. Over the past few years he has been preoccupied with transgressing a few ‘economic borderlines’, and he has experimented with the application of labour theory to increasingly diverse topics, deemed by many to be non-traditional and lying outside the accepted boundaries of the discipline. Examples of current research projects that reflect this more eclectic and cross-disciplinary approach include the linking of economic psychology to the modelling of housing demand, the application of firm organisation theory to skill shortages, assessing the impact of military expenditure on labour demand and the investigation of the importance of labour market inefficiency on financial sector costs.
Duncan is active in pedagogical research into the student experience and has published the following teaching related output for the Economics profession: "Economics is the study of scarcity: Avoiding the Various Means to Disengage Student Interest..." (An Economics Network Case Study into an Applied Economics module, providing a toolkit which demonstrates how a curriculum can be designed which further enhances the student experience); "Assessment Design and Methods" (A chapter for the Economic Network's Handbook for Economics Lecturers which considers alternative assessment methods - seminar assessments, reflective learning exercises, project-based learning, group assessment, mentoring, peer group support, multi-stage dissertation-based assessment, online discussion boards, alternatives to traditional essays- that are used to further facilitate the upskilling of students).
Selected Academic Refereed Journal Articles
‘Family Fortunes: Gender-based Differences in the Impact of Employment and Home Characteristics on Satisfaction Levels, Journal of Socio-Economics, 2011, Vol. 40(3), pp. 259-264.
‘The Effect of Building Society Demutualisation on Levels of Efficiency at Large UK Commercial Banks’, Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, 2011, Vol. 18(4), pp. 333 – 355 [2011 Highly Commended Award, Emerald LiteratiNetwork]
‘Do Europeans View Their Homes as Castles? Homeownership and Poverty Perception Throughout the EU’, Urban Studies, 2009, Vol. 46(9), pp. 1787-1805.
‘Reservation Wage Levels in UK and German Financial Services Sectors’, The Service Industries Journal, 2008, Vol. 28(8), pp. 1167-1182.
‘The Contribution of Hours Constraints to Working Poverty in Britain’, 2007, Journal of Population Economics, Vol. 20(2), pp. 445-463.
‘Employer perceptions of skills deficiencies in the UK labour market: a subregional analysis’, Environment and Planning A, 2006, Vol. 38(9), pp.1753-1771.
Manufacturing Labour Demand, Technological Progress and Military Expenditure’, Frontiers in Finance and Economics, 2006, Vol. 2(1), pp. 18-30.
‘Influence Costs and Skill Deficiency Perception: An Analysis of the Dorset Labour Market’, Human Relations, 2006, Vol. 59(1): pp. 35-57.
‘Coping with low pay: Cognitive Dissonance and Persistent Disparate Earnings Profiles’, Theory and Decision, 2004, Vol. 57(5), pp. 367-378.
Current Research Projects
Economics of Crime
· ‘Work, criminal activity and socio-economic conditions: An exploration of cyclical relationships’
· ‘The crime and unemployment relationship: Re-focusing on gender and asymmetry’
· ‘Pension Provision - Who’s Confused? An Empirical Analysis’
· ‘The Pursuit of Home Ownership: Paradise Lost or Found?’
· ‘Poverty Perception: Home Ownership and Housing Quality’
Duncan teaches mainly in microeconomics. His teaching philosophy focuses on how economic theory can be used to understand real world problems, ensuring that students fully recognise the riches of economics skills for employability. It is an approach that takes advantage of the innate multi-disciplinary nature of economics and mobilises this to vitalise student interest and to advertise the versatile power of economic models.
He has been recognised for his teaching at national level. In 2007 he won the UK Higher Education Academy Student Nomination Award. This is judged on the following criteria: inspire and encourage student interest in economics; challenge and motivate students towards academic excellence; enjoy and recognise the importance of working with students; and enhancing their education out of the classroom. In 2010 he also received a commendation in the 2010 UK Higher Education Academy Teaching Awards for Economics. The Awards’ panel described his nomination as “displaying all the qualities of commitment, enthusiasm, innovation and evident success that represent excellent teaching practice”.
Duncan joined the School as Reader in Economics in 2012. His Academic, Teaching and Scholarship role was the first appointment of its kind at the University, with the School of Economics dedicated to further enhancing the student experience and continuing its prestigious teaching reputation.
He is currently the Senior Adviser and UG Course Director. Previously learning and teaching roles also include Student Liaison Officer, Programme Co-ordinator, Examinations Officer and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Ensuring a leading management role in curriculum design, he is focused on designing innovative programme provision capable of meeting the following criteria: responding to student evaluation; assisting employability aims; and adjusting provision according to the vibrant external opportunities that are created in Economics.
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