Professor David McCausland
Professor David McCausland

Professor David McCausland

B.Sc. Econ. (Hull), M.Sc. Econ. (Warwick), Ph.D. (Keele), SFHEA CMBE

Personal Chair


MacRobert Building Room 806, King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5UA

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Professor W David McCausland was appointed as Director of Education of the University of Aberdeen Business School in 2020, having previously been Director of Undergraduate Studies. He served as Head of Economics from 2014 to 2017. He also acted as Deputy Head of the Business School (with special responsibility for Student Experience) from 2016 to 2017 and was Director of Teaching and Learning in the Business School from 2010 to 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 member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (LTSE) Committee and a CABS Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE). 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. 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 became Assistant Director of the Centre for European Labour Market Research (CELMR) in November 2001. He was promoted to Personal Chair in August 2015. In 2022 he was appointed as a member of the QAA Advisory Group for the Economics Subject Benchmark Statement Review.


  • B.Sc. Economics 
    1990 - Hull 
  • M.Sc. Economics 
    1992 - Warwick 
  • PhD Economics 
    1995 - Keele 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships


  • CELMR Assistant Director
  • Director of School Education Committee
  • Departmental Contact (Economics Network)
  • Member School Executive
  • School Web Site Manager / Director of IT
  • Member School Accreditation Project Board
  • Member University Education Committee
  • Digital Learning Representative
  • Member South Quad, Johnston and Kings Space Programme Boards
External Memberships
  • Associate, Economics Network
  • CMBE (CABS Certified Management and Business Educator)
  • Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (LTSE) Committee member
  • Member, QAA Advisory Group for the Economics Subject Benchmark Statement Review

Research Overview

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 

Funding and Grants

Together with Professor Theodossiou Dr McCausland attracted three EU 5th framework grants of approximately €1.2m each (£1.54 million in total). Further details: Epicurus, Sociold and HealthAtWork.  


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