Pamela Lenton

Head and shoulders image of Dr Pam Lenton

Lecturer in Economics

Room 509
9 Mappin Street
S1 4DT

Tel +44 (0)114 22 23418
Fax +44 (0)114 22 23458

Email: p.lenton@sheffield.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0002-8449-7207

Biography

Pamela gained her BSc in Economics and Marketing and her PhD in Economics at the University of Lancaster. Pamela was a member of the Lancaster Labour Economics Group and taught in the Department of Economics until she joined the University of Sheffield as a lecturer in 2004. She has been a regular presenter at the Work and Pensions Economics Group annual conference.

Pamela is currently the economic departmental employability co-ordinator.

Teaching

"My approach to teaching mathematics for economics is to provide applied economic examples so that students can understand how mathematics is used in economic problem solving. I also teach the Economics of Education at level 3 which is my main area of research."

"My approach to teaching is to take topics that students are familiar with, such as university fees and then to match these with economic theory and examine the empirical evidence. Where possible I seek to link the topics taught to my research. I would like students to think critically about what are important policy issues."

Research summary and PhD student supervision

Pamela's research interests lie in the economics of education, labour economics, health and well-being. Pamela's primary interest is education economics. Pamela has recently focused on the areas of household debt and health, the problems faced by the financially excluded and the availability of debt advice.

Pamela has secured grant funding jointly with the Yunus Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University to assess the link between financial help from microfinance loans and well-being. This has followed from work conducted with Paul Mosley on poverty in UK cities, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and Pamela has published a book of this research with Paul Mosley entitled “Financial Exclusion and the Poverty Trap”. Pamela has also just completed an economic analysis of the Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (with Jenny Roberts and John Brazier) which was funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

Pamela is interested in supervising students in micro-econometric topics, such as education.

Publications since 2008