Professor David McCausland

Professor David McCausland
B.Sc. Econ. (Hull), M.Sc. Econ. (Warwick), Ph.D. (Keele), SFHEA

Personal Chair

Professor David McCausland
Professor David McCausland

Contact Details

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Professor W David McCausland was appointed as Head of Economics in January 2014, and as Director of Undergraduate Studies of the University of Aberdeen Business School from July 2017. He is a member of the University's Evidence Based Enhancement Steering Group. He also acted as Deputy Head of the Business School (with special responsibility for Student Experience) from March 2016 to June 2017 and was Director of Teaching and Learning in the Business School from August 2010 until December 2013. He has a strong profile in research leadership, teaching innovation and administrative expertise. His principal research interests are in the areas of open economy macroeconomic modelling, labour economics and the economics of health and wellbeing. He has been involved in three large EU funded projects in which Aberdeen was the coordinating partner, and has published widely in internationally respected peer-reviewed journals. He is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, and an Associate of the Economics Network. He has received three awards recognising excellence in teaching: the HEA Economics Network 2006 E-learning Award, the 2009 (student-nominated) College of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2011 Student Nominated Teaching award from the Economics Network. He obtained his first degree in Economics from the University of Hull, his Masters degree in Economics from the University of Warwick, and his PhD. from the University of Keele. Prior to his appointment as Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in September 1995, David spent three years teaching at the University of Keele. Before that he was a Research Fellow, first at Warwick Research Institute, and then at Warwick Business School Research Bureau.  He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in September 2000, and became Assistant Director of the Centre for European Labour Market Research (CELMR) in November 2001. He was promoted to Personal Chair in August 2015.


Research Interests

Principal research interests are in the areas of health economics and well-being, labour economics transport economics and open economy macroeconomic modelling. 

Current Research

Macroeconomics, Labour Economics and Health Economics 

Research Grants

Together with Professor Theodossiou Dr McCausland attracted two EU 5th framework grants of approximately €1.2m each (£1.54 million in total). Further details may be found on the project websites: and He has recently completed work with Professor Theodssiou on EU FP7 project "Health at Work":  


Teaching Responsibilities


Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • Associate, Economics Network
  • Member of CHUDE and Scottish Heads of Departments

Admin Responsibilities


  • CELMR Assistant Director
  • Convenor School C&IT Committee
  • Director of School IT
  • Editor of Discussion Paper Series (Economics)
  • Departmental Contact (Economics Network)
  • Member of University Senate
  • Member School C&IT Committee
  • Member School Executive
  • Member College IT User Group
  • Head of Economics
  • School Web Site Manager


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