Professor Don Webber
FeRSA FHEA BSc(Hons.) PG(Cert.)TLHE MA PhD
Head of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business Subject Group
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Sheffield University Management School
Although Don has a background in applied economics, he is better described as a researcher of policy-relevant, social science issues. Specifically he is interested in research that puts people and social issues (rather than money) at the core of economic concern.
Don has written over 100 academic peer-reviewed articles and led or collaborated on £2.3m of externally funded research. His work has been discussed at the United Nation's International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Welsh Government and elsewhere. He is part of a consortium that completed an AHRC-sponsored project investigating the influence of design on the Bristol and Bath economy.
Prospective PhD students who wish to study productivity (very broadly defined), health, education and/or geographically-related issues are encouraged to contact him for further discussion. He is very open to qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research.
- Research interests
- Narrative economics, public policy and mental health.. Applied Research in Quality of Life.
- How can we reduce conference venues’ use of single-use plastics?. Event Management. View this article in WRRO
- COVID-19: How community businesses in England struggled to respond to their communities’ needs. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 36(6), 524-540. View this article in WRRO
- Cultural and economic discrimination by the Great Leveller. Regional Science Policy & Practice, 13(S1), 198-216.
- Cultural proximity bias in AI-acceptability : the importance of being human. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 173.
- The connectedness of house price affordability (HPA) and rental price affordability (RPA) measures. International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis.
- Cultural relativity in consumers' rates of adoption of artificial intelligence. Economic Inquiry, 59(2).
- Conspicuous and inconspicuous discriminations in everyday life. ECONOMIC ISSUES, 26, 103-104.
- Voting with your feet or voting for Brexit: the tale of those stuck behind. Regional Science Policy & Practice.
- House price affordability, the global financial crisis and the (ir)relevance of mortgage rates. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 6(1), 405-420.
- Achieving wider impact in business and management : analysing the case studies from REF 2014. Studies in Higher Education, 44(4), 628-642.
- European regional productivity : does country affiliation matter?. International Review of Applied Economics, 33(4), 523-541.
- Does connectedness improve SMEs’ access to formal finance? Evidence from post-communist economies. Post-Communist Economies, 31(2), 258-278.
- Regional growth paths and resilience: A European analysis. Economic Geography, 94(4), 355-375. View this article in WRRO
- Obituary: Prof Mike Campbell, OBE. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 33(1), 118-119.
- Explaining productivity in a poor productivity region. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 50(1), 157-174. View this article in WRRO
- Election issues, political party performance and geography. Welsh Economic Review, 25, 42-50.
- The Changing Influence of Societal Culture on Job Satisfaction across Europe. British Journal of Management, 27(3), 606-627.
- Changes in intra-city employment patterns: a spatial analysis. International Journal of Social Economics, 43(3), 263-283.
- INNOVATION AND GROWTH IN THE CITY REGION: MICROECONOMIC EVIDENCE OF ASYMMETRIES. International Journal of Innovation Management, 20(02), 1650032-1650032.
- Job satisfaction: how crucial is participative decision making?. Personnel Review, 45(1), 183-200.
- The Role of Structural Change in European Regional Productivity Growth. Regional Studies, 49(9), 1548-1560.
- Is temporary employment a cause or consequence of poor mental health? A panel data analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 134, 50-58.
- What determines students’ choices of elective modules?. International Review of Economics Education, 17, 39-54.
- Understanding student attendance in business schools: An exploratory study. International Review of Economics Education, 17, 120-136.
- Using student evaluations to improve individual and department teaching qualities. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 19(3), 323-339.
- Mental and physical health: re-assessing the relationship with employment propensity. Work, Employment and Society, 28(3), 407-429.
- With a little help from my neighbours: A spatial analysis of the impact of local campaigns at the 2010 British general election. Electoral Studies, 34, 216-231. View this article in WRRO
- Attracting Convention and Exhibition Attendance to Complex MICE Venues: Emerging Data from Macao. International Journal of Tourism Research, 16(2), 169-179.
- Scoring environmental credentials: a review of UK conference and meetings venues using the GREENER VENUE framework. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22(2), 299-318.
- Internet shopping and internet banking in sequence: An explanatory case study. Journal of Financial Services Marketing, 18(4), 285-300.
- Influence at work and the desire for more influence. Journal of Industrial Relations, 55(4), 507-526.
- An examination of consumers ' resistance to computer-based technologies. Journal of Services Marketing, 27(4), 294-311.
- Australasian money demand stability: application of structural break tests. Applied Economics, 45(8), 1011-1025.
- Money demand stability: A case study of Nigeria. Journal of Policy Modeling, 35(6), 978-991.
- Quality of life research in economics: An introduction to the special issue. New Zealand Economic Papers, 46(3), 189-190.
- Real wages, inflation and labour productivity in Australia. Applied Economics, 44(23), 2945-2954.
- Grade surprise and the decision to stay on into post-compulsory education. Applied Economics Letters, 19(11), 1095-1099.
- Culture, participative decision making and job satisfaction. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23(13), 2661-2679.
- Economic Performance in Rural England. Regional Studies, 46(3), 279-291.
- Students’ perceptions of economics: identifying demand for further study. Applied Economics, 44(9), 1121-1132.
- Adopters and non‐adopters of internet banking: a segmentation study. International Journal of Bank Marketing, 30(1), 20-42.
- Wagner's Law revisited: cointegration and causality tests for New Zealand. Applied Economics, 44(5), 607-616.
- Testing the validity of the Feldstein–Horioka puzzle for Australia. Applied Economics, 44(5), 599-605.
- Which exhibition attributes create repeat visitation?. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 30(2), 439-447.
- Does Pluralism in Economics Education Make Better Educated, Happier Students? A Qualitative Analysis. International Review of Economics Education, 10(2), 50-62.
- Voting Patterns, Party Spending and Relative Location in England and Wales. Regional Studies, 44(6), 735-760.
- Sector Variations in SMEs’ Use of External Business Advice. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 25(4), 339-355.
- Environmental Kuznets curves: mess or meaning?. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 17(3), 198-207.
- Sector Differences in Conference Facility Refurbishment. Tourism and Hospitality Planning & Development, 7(2), 163-178.
- Attendance and exam performance at university: a case study. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 15(1), 33-47.
- An alternative test to check the validity of convergence results. Applied Economics Letters, 16(18), 1825-1829.
- Who stopped flying around September 11?. Applied Economics Letters, 16(13), 1375-1381.
- Regional productivity differentials in England: Explaining the gap. Papers in Regional Science, 88(3), 609-621.
- Basic Needs, Government Debt and Economic Growth. World Economy, 32(6), 965-994.
- Choice at 16: school, parental and peer group effects. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 14(2), 119-141.
- Business Productivity and Area Productivity in Rural England. Regional Studies, 43(5), 661-675.
- Student participation in sporting activities. Applied Economics, 41(9), 1183-1190.
- Beyond ‘Access’: Internet Use and Take-up of Online Services by Adults Living in Disadvantaged Areas in England. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 23(1), 47-57.
- Country-level business performance and policy asymmetries in the UK. International Journal of Business Performance Management, 10(4), 305-305.
- Which SMEs Use External Business Advice? A Multivariate Subregional Study. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 39(8), 1981-1997.
- Convergence towards a steady-state distribution. Economics Letters, 94(3), 338-341.
- Church organists: Analysing their willingness to play. The Journal of Socio-Economics, 35(5), 854-867.
- Gender‐specific peer groups and choice at 16. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 11(1), 65-84.
- Income Convergence across U.S. States: An Analysis Using Measures of Concordance and Discordance*. Journal of Regional Science, 45(3), 565-589.
- Reflections on Curriculum Development, Pedagogy and Assessment by a New Academic. International Review of Economics Education, 4(1), 58-73.
- Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View. The Economic Journal, 114(499), F549-F551.
- Regional Factor Price Convergence Across Four Major European Countries. Regional Studies, 37(8), 773-782.
- School effects that shape students' intentions to stay-on in education. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 8(2), 197-212.
- Rising Wage Inequality: The 1980s Experience in Urban Labor Markets.. The Economic Journal, 113(488), F415-F416.
- Globalization and the Perceptions of American Workers. The Economic Journal, 113(485), F201-F202.
- Who's not Working and Why: Employment, Cognitive Skills, Wages, and the Changing U.S. Labor Market. The Economic Journal, 112(483), F599-F601.
- Policies to stimulate growth: should we invest in health or education?. Applied Economics, 34(13), 1633-1643.
- Trade Elasticities for the G‐7 Countrie. The Economic Journal, 112(480), F377-F378.
- Labour's reward across regions of the EU: a distributional dynamic approach. Applied Economics, 34(3), 385-394.
- Rendement des facteurs et hétérogénéité régionale : quels sont les effets des échanges commerciaux et des marchés du travail sur le salaire moyen dans les diverses régions d'Europe ?. Innovations, 15(1), 151-151.
- Book Review: Economic growth and international trade. Progress in Development Studies, 2(1), 67-68.
- Dematerializing Local Economies: A Case for ad hoc Governance. Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit, 17(2), 96-110.
- A slowing of national income convergence. Applied Economics Letters, 8(11), 709-711.
- ‘Because my friends are’: the impact of peer groups on the intention to stay on at sixteen. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 6(3), 339-354.
- Convergence of labour's factor reward between regions of the EU. Applied Economics Letters, 8(5), 355-357.
- Investment in digital infrastructure: why and for whom?. Region.
- The Economics of Individual Wellbeing and the Transformation of Society, Broadening the Scope of Wellbeing Science (pp. 121-135). Springer International Publishing
- INNOVATION AND GROWTH IN THE CITY REGION: MICROECONOMIC EVIDENCE OF ASYMMETRIES, Promoting Innovation in New Ventures and Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (pp. 3-27). WORLD SCIENTIFIC (EUROPE)
- Dematerializing economies and local growth: A case for ad hoc governance, European Governance: Policy Making Between Politicization and Control (pp. 53-67).
Conference proceedings papers
- Research group
Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business
- (2016 - 2018) Welsh Government ‘Understanding productivity variations between England and Wales: A Reassessment’ with Anthony Plumridge and Michael Horswell)
- (2015 - 2016) Welsh Government ‘Understanding productivity variations between England and Wales’ (with Anthony Plumridge and Michael Horswell)
- (2014 - 2016) Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Bristol and Bath by Design (with Hoskins, S., C. McMahon, A. Noonan, G. Parry, G. Morton and A. Taylor) http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/30375/1/2016%20BBxD_FinalReport_.pdf
- (2012 - 2014) Joseph Rowntree Foundation ‘'How can employment and skills policy or practice reduce poverty?’ (with Page, D., Veliziotis, M. and Johnson, S.) http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/does-poor-health-affect-employment-transitions
- Teaching interests
I believe in research-led teaching and incorporate this into my teaching practice through, for example, the use of contemporary case studies and findings from my own research.
- PhD supervision
Prospective PhD students who wish to study productivity (very broadly defined), health, education and/or geographically-related issues are encouraged to contact Don for further discussion. He is very open to qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research.