Professor David McCausland

Professor David McCausland
Professor David McCausland
Professor David McCausland

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

Personal Chair

Accepting PhDs

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Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272180
Office Address
806 MacRobert Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
581 King Street
AB24 5UA

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David was appointed as Director of Education of the University of Aberdeen Business School in 2020 and reappointed in 2023. He served as Head of Economics from 2014 to 2017. He also acted as Director of Undergraduate Studies (2017-2019) Deputy Head of the Business School (Student Experience) (2016-2017) and was Director of Teaching and Learning in the Business School (2010 to 2013). He has a strong profile in research leadership, teaching innovation and administrative expertise. He is managing editor of the Elsevier journal  International Review of Economics Education. 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 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 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 Education (Business School)
  • Associate and 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 University Space Management Group and Reimagining our Campuses Education Group (and previously member of South Quad, Johnston and Kings Space Programme Boards)
  • Member University Print and Copy Board
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. 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Economics.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Macroeconomics

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

Macroeconomics, Labour Economics and Health Economics 


Collaborations through the Centre for Labour Market Research (CeLMR).


My current supervision areas are: Economics.

  • Nelson Nkalu: Structural transformation, productivity growth and manufacturing output
  • Imoh Ekpenyong: Health expenditure and health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa, 2021
  • Qifei Huan: The effects of private debt on economic activity, 2022
  • Attahir Abubakar: Essays on public debt in sub-Saharan Africa, 2022
  • Raad Altal: An analysis of the impact of corruption on economic growth, foreign direct investment and domestic investment in the Middle East and North Africa region economies, 2019
  • May Eguolo Vanni: An analysis of the effects of financial liberalisation on capital formation and economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2018
  • Ilkhom Mamatkulov: An analysis of the main location determinants of FDI in developing and transition economies, 2016
  • Eva Pocher: Does immigration lead to a reduction of native wages and employment?: a review of the regional labour market outcomes of migration in Germany and the UK, 2011
  • Kostas Pouliakas: Socioeconomic effects on employee well-being : preference identification in response to non-standard labuor market conditions, 2007

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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