Professor Don Webber


Management School

Head of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business Subject Group

Chair in Managerial Economics

Don Webber.
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Professor Don Webber
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

Don’s research focuses on two main areas:

  1. Productivity and economic growth as understood under the two-dimensional perspective – i.e., economic growth and productivity figures measure the change in the financial value of output created and not the ratio of physical inputs to physical outputs. Thus, productivity and growth – as measured in terms of GVA or GDP – may have little to do with productivity efficiency, productive effectiveness, or technology.
  2. The academic research ecosystem – i.e., how universities and the people within and outside of them enable, enhance, relegate, constrain, or belittle, etc. each other’s academic research activities and the prominence of their findings.

Both of these research areas are novel and have the potential to change the way we look at the economy and our ability to create new knowledge to the benefit to society.

Don is very interested in supporting our next generation of academic researchers and working with them to achieve their potential, including PhD students. Prospective PhD students researching the above or closely connected topics are encouraged to contact him for further discussion. He is very open to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research approaches.

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.

Research interests
  • Productivity
  • Health
  • Education
  • Regions
  • Heterodoxy


  • Hughes E, Webber D & Parry G (2024) MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND THE CREATIVE CLASS.. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Webber DJ (2021) How to Enhance Your Research 100 Practical Tips for Academics. Edward Elgar Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Squires G & Webber DJ (2020) Fluctuating regional house price affordability and the irrelevance of mortgage rates. 2018 Joint Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research and Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, APNHR and AHRC 2018 - Proceedings (pp 135-152) RIS download Bibtex download


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)
  • (2012 - 2014) Joseph Rowntree Foundation ‘'How can employment and skills policy or practice reduce poverty?’ (with Page, D., Veliziotis, M. and Johnson, S.)
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.