Mr Damian Whittard

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  • Qualifications:BA (hons), PG(Cert), MSc
  • Position:Associate Head of Department - Accounting Economics and Finance
  • Department:FBL - Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • Telephone:+4411732 87140

About me

Currently I am the Associate Head of Department for Accounting, Economics and Finance. I am also an Academic Assessor for the Government Economic Service.


I have a strong track record of publishing policy related research, which has been presented to organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, the Bank of England and Her Majesty's Treasury.


My research interests primarily focus on four areas:

  1. Labour markets
  2. Regional economics
  3. Measurement and coherence of national accounts
  4. Education of Economics


I have a passion for applying economics to solve real world problems. For example, I have recently completed research projects for organisations such as the Low Pay Commission, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and Power to Change.


I also undertake pro bono work by providing economic advice to the local economic development community, as well as being a Trustee and Director of Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) – a fantastic organisation who provides care to children with life limiting illnesses in three hospices across the South West.


Prior to working in academia, I spent much of my career working in a policy environment, initially at the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) and then the Office for National Statistics (ONS). During this time, I represented the UK on various international boards and committees for organisations such as the Organisation for Cooperation and Development and the European Central Bank. 

Area of expertise

Teaching and learning, national accounts; balance of payments; well-being; regional economics; low pay; evidence-based policy making; quality and interpretation of government data. I am also a qualified Prince2 Project Manager.


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