Senior Lecturer
University of Kent

Kate is an applied economist working with micro data on issues relating to productivity and performance. Kate has previously worked at Swansea University, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research in London and Portsmouth University She has published in leading journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Review of Industrial Organization, Labour Economics and the Journal of Agricultural Economics. Kate has led on a number of externally funded projects with NESTA, the Welsh Government and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and has co-authored many reports for a wide range of government departments.

Social Enterprise in Wales, the UK and Europe
This project utilised a range of econometric approaches to analyse entrepreneurial activity, the growth in Social enterprise and the changing role of the third sector. Research focused on the early stages of entrepreneurial activity and also on the survival and performance
Research Team:
Catherine Robinson (University of Kent), Philip Murphy (Swansea University), Prashant Gupta (Brunel University)
An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales
The National Equality Panel’s report An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK provided a milestone in our understanding of relationships between people’s characteristics and their financial position. Through detailed analysis of complex datasets, some newly available, it
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton), Caroline Joll, Melanie Jones (Cardiff University), Huw Lloyd-Williams, Gerald Makepeace, Mamata Parhi (Swansea University), Alison Parken, Catherine Robinson (University of Kent), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Victoria Wass
Reports and Briefings
Report on Symposium: June 2012
Attendees were welcomed and introduced themselves. It was explained that this event wasthe first of a series co-funded by the ESRC, to be held in collaboration with the WalesInstitute for Social and Economic Research, Data & Method (WISERD). The aim of theseevents will be to...
Journal Articles
Migrants skills and productivity: a European perspective
National Institute Economic Review (213) pp 20-33 In this paper I propose that identity is momentary, fluid, and multiple while simultaneously providing us with a sense of sameness and continuity. Building on Valsiners ideas about human sense-making I suggest that we can...
Inequalities | July 2010
Journal Articles
Productivity growth in the US and the EU: A sectoral study
Review of Economics and Institutions 1(1) pp 90-117 During the course of this article we examine data gathered from two research meetings in which coding issues and data organization are being discussed in relation to the use of the software package Atlas.ti. The meetings...
Inequalities | January 2010
Training Research Development Forum
28th January 2010 |
As part of our capacity building strategy, WISERD ran an adaptation of the Methods and Research in the Social Sciences (MARSS) forum which runs regularly in Bangor University. The MARSS forum was chaired by Dr Catherine Robinson (Director, Centre for...