James is a Research Officer in the School of Management. With an academic and professional background holding a BSc in Economics (Swansea University) and MSc in Economics with reference to the Asia Pacific Region (SOAS, London) and undertaking PhD in Labour Economics at Swansea University. Before returning to Swansea University to undertake a PhD, James worked in the City of London as a Renewables and Pricing Analyst for an energy trading firm. His role involved attending Whitehall meetings regarding renewable energy policies in the UK, such as the Feed-in-Tariff and Renewables Obligation.
Current research interests focus primarily around the UK labour market, specifically Public-Private Sector differences, in areas such as job satisfaction, sexual orientation pay, incremental pay v. Merit pay, and the impact on wage of under- and over-qualification. His work has been presented at several Swansea University internal conferences, nationally at WISERD 2015 and 2016, and internationally at the IZA Labour Economics Summer Conference in Germany. He also possesses prior teaching experience in the areas of Microeconomics, Labour Economics, Managerial Economics, and Economics for Business.
More recently James has been working on a WISERD Civil Society project using ADRC linked data to examine health and educational links, using health and school data from across Wales.