David Blackaby is a Professor of Economics, Professor Emeritus (School of Management) at Swansea University and a former WISERD Co-Director. Main areas of research are labour markets, regional economics, public policy and the Welsh Economy.
Between 1996 and 2005 he was Head of the Economics Department and between 2005 and 2008 Deputy Head of the School of Business and Economics at Swansea University. Between 1991 and 1995 was convenor of the DfEE funded Labour Economics Study Group (EMRU). Was the academic advisor to BSL/MORI on the 2002 Future Skills Wales Project and a member of the WDA Economics Panel 1998-2001. Was a member of the WEFO Structural Funds – All Wales Policy Group between 2002- 2004. Was a member of the National Assembly: Independent Expert Group on Economic and Social Indicators 2002 to 2004. Was a member of the Economics and Econometrics panel and the Business and Management Panel for the REA2008 and REF2014.
In 1999, 2006 and 2014 was a member of The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Panel, responsible for writing the Benchmark statement for Economics. Between 2006 and 2010 was a member of the Research Resources Board of the ESRC. Senior Examiner (Economics) for ESRC PhD Competition 2003-2006. Chair of ESRC Postgraduate Training Recognition Panel for Economics 2007, deputy chair 2005. He was a member of CHUDE Steering Group 2001-2010 and NHS Pay Review Body 2009-2015 and an Associate Director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC). He has been a member of the Economic Round Table Discussion Group for the Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science Welsh Government, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Wales Poverty and Ethnicity Group and WEFO (Welsh European Funding Office) Monitoring and Evaluation Work Stream. He is a Fellow of The Learned Society of Wales and currently Deputy Chair of the Business and Management for REF2021.