Microeconomics research cluster

About us

We research a range of questions that focus on individual and firm behaviour in a variety of different regions and countries.  These include high-impact research on core ‘micro’-related topics (employment, wage dynamics, income, education, migration, diversity, poverty, inequality, segregation, knowledge asymmetry).

We also cover wider socio-economic areas such as: regional development, behavioural economics, subjective wellbeing, values, happiness, moral justice, fairness, discrimination, cultural bias, social construct effects, institutions, social enterprise, and corporate social responsibility among others. We have expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods enabling us to also apply a mixed methods approach when needed.

Research and engagement

Our research features in a number of high-profile peer-reviewed journals including: Economic Geography; Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society; Annals of Regional Science; Journal of Economic Issues; Journal of Development Studies; Journal of Comparative Economics; Public Choice; African Affairs. We have a pluralist approach to research, therefore our presence also covers first class outlets in related economic fields, such as: Journal of Business Venturing, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, and Social Research Indicators. We have also contributed to many book series published by Routledge, Springer and Emerald Publishing.

Our externally funded research includes other projects funded by the UK Research Councils (ESRC, EPSRC), ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

We have provided consultancy jointly or in person for: World Bank, UNDP, European Commission, SISERA (Canadian development agency), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Germany), Department of Labour in South Africa and others.  


  • Dr Annie Tubadji (Cluster Leader) - cultural economics, subjective wellbeing, inequality, regional economics, migration, robots and AI 
  • Dr David Allen – economic growth, convergence, economics of education
  • Dr Sebastian Berger - institutional economics, social economics, ecological economics, business ethics, history of economic thought, political economy
  • Dr Peter Bradley - values, social construct, innovation
  • Dr Dalia Eledel – hehavioural micro-finance; ethics and finance, networks
  • Mandy Gardner (PhD student) – entrepreneurship, values, social capital, 
  • Dr Timothy Hinks – subjective wellbeing, corruption, discrimination, labour, developing and transitional countries, robots and AI
  • Dr Artjoms Ivlevs – migration, subjective wellbeing, transition economics, forced displacement, corruption, education
  • Dr Alexandros Karlis - Agent Based Modelling, chaos theory, heterogeneous markets
  • James Korovilas – energy and economic efficiency, household economics, migration
  • Anthony Plumridge – regional and urban development, entrepreneurship, economics of education
  • Professor Felix Ritchie - minimum wage; apprentice pay; alcohol policy; drug policy; data security; the Five Safes
  • Dr Kobil Ruziev - development and financial reform in emerging economies, SME use of formal and informal finance, institutional economics,  and economic transformation in the former Soviet Union
  • Dr Ian Smith – economic geography, regional development
  • Dr Wayne Thomas – access to education, knowledge inequality, structural discrimination
  • Dr Nadia Vanteeva - transition economies, institutional economics, law and finance, corporate finance, behavioural economics 
  • Damian Whittard – economics of education, teaching and learning/pedagogy; well-being; regional economics; measurement and coherence of national accounts, 
  • Dr Yanhui Zhu (Cathy) – applied econometrics, corporate social responsibility
  • Jorg Zimmermann - comparative reasoning, strategic decision-making, behavioural economics, international investment, investment law, entrepreneurship

Selected publications

  • Bhuiyan, M. F. and Ivlevs, A. (2018) Micro-entrepreneurship and subjective well-being: Evidence from rural Bangladesh. Journal of Business Venturing. ISSN 0883-9026 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/38124.
  • Ivlevs, A. and Veliziotis, M. (2018) Local-level immigration and life satisfaction: The EU enlargement experience in England and Wales. Environment and Planning A, 50 (1). pp. 175-193. ISSN 0308-518X Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/33415.
  • Ivlevs, A. and Hinks, T. (2018) Former communist party membership and bribery in the post-socialist countries. Journal of Comparative Economics. ISSN 0147-5967 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/36603.
  • Ivlevs, A. and King, R. (2017) Does emigration reduce corruption? Public Choice, 171 (3). pp. 389-408. ISSN 0048-5829 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/31177.
  • Tubadji, A. and Nijkamp, P. (2018) Cultural corridors: An analysis of persistence in impacts on local development — A neo-Weberian perspective on South-East Europe. Journal of Economic Issues, 52 (1). pp. 173-204. ISSN 0021-3624 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/33086.
  • Tubadji, A. and Nijkamp, P. (2017) Green online vs green offline preferences on local public goods trade-offs and house prices. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 58. pp. 72-86. ISSN 0038-0121 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/35743.
  • Tubadji, A., Nijkamp, P. and Angelis, V. (2016) Cultural hysteresis, entrepreneurship and economic crisis: An analysis of buffers to unemployment after economic shocks. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 9 (1). pp. 103-136. ISSN 1752-1378 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/35745.
  • Tubadji, A. and Nijkamp, P. (2015) Cultural gravity effects among migrants: A comparative analysis of the EU15. Economic Geography, 91 (3). pp. 343-380. ISSN 0013-0095 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/34635.

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