Professor
University of Roehampton

Stephen Drinkwater is Professor of Economics at the Business School at the University of Roehampton, London. He was previously a Reader in Economics at Swansea University and a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Surrey prior to that. He has also been employed as a research fellow at the University of Portsmouth and Manchester Metropolitan University. Stephen is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at the University of Manchester and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), University College London.

Research Interests

Stephen’s main research interests lie in applied micro economics, particularly within the labour market as well as regional issues. His research has primarily focused on labour market discrimination, self-employment, industrial relations, international and interregional migration, the effect of language on economic activity and voting behaviour. He has received research funding from the European Commission (to investigate the impact of East-West migration following EU enlargement), the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (to examine the performance of ethnic minorities in the UK labour market), the Welsh Government (to analyse subjective wellbeing as well as various projects on labour market outcomes) and the ESRC (for a socio-economic analysis of recent Polish migration to the UK and to evaluate the Census Programme).


Unlocking the potential of the Welsh Local Labour Force Survey: an investigation into labour market transitions in Wales
The project aimed to highlight the potential value of an important but currently underutilised dataset, the Welsh Local Labour Force Survey (WLLFS). The main aim was to provide new evidence relating to labour market transitions in Wales. In terms of the analysis we propose
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton), David Blackaby (Swansea University), Melanie Jones (Cardiff University), Philip Murphy (Swansea University)
Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society
Overview This project combined quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to examine the participation of European migrants from the A8 countries in local civil society. Fieldwork took place in three localities across Wales; one urban, one rural and one semi-rural.
Research Team:
Rhys Dafydd Jones (Aberystwyth University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton), Andrew Thompson (University of South Wales), Taulant Guma (University of Edinburgh)
Impact and Effectiveness of Widening Access to Higher Education
The overall aim of the proposed research was to demonstrate the effectiveness of the secondary analysis of administrative data-sets to delineate patterns of participation in higher education (HE) and, thereby, to contribute to the development of policy and professional
Research Team:
Gareth Rees (Cardiff University), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton), Ceryn Evans (Cardiff University), Caroline Wright
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
TEMPO - Migration amongst Polish migrants in England and Wales
Overview The immigration flows to the UK that followed European Union (EU) enlargement in 2004 is thought to have constituted the largest wave of immigration in the UK’s history (Salt and Rees, 2006). One of the main factors behind these very large inflows was the UK
Research Team:
Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton), Michal Garapich
Welsh Graduate Migration
Overview The existence of a ‘brain drain’ of graduate labour from Wales has long been a focus of debate (for example, Drinkwater and Blackaby, 2004, c.f. Fevre, 2004). Welsh and English higher education and labour markets are interconnected (for example, Rees and Taylor,
Research Team:
Gillian Bristow, Madeleine Pill, Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton)
Knowing Localities: Welsh and the Labour Market
Overview Existing quantitative evidence points to differences between Welsh speakers and non-Welsh speakers in terms of labour market outcomes, however little is known about the precise mechanisms underlying such differences. A range of factors were identified which may
Research Team:
Robin Mann (Bangor University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton)
Paper
The Dynamics of Disability and Work in Britain
A journal article in The Manchester School. Volume 86, Issue 3. This paper examines the dynamic relationship between work-limiting disability and labour market outcomes using longitudinal data created by matching individuals in the Local Labour Force Survey (2004–10). By...
Journal and Journal Article
The Dynamics of Disability and Work in Britain
This paper examines the dynamic relationship between work-limiting disability and labour market outcomes using longitudinal data created by matching individuals in the Local Labour Force Survey (2004–10). By applying event-study methods, changes in employment are traced...
Inequalities | January 2016
Reports and Briefings
Welsh Graduate Mobility
This research report explores Welsh graduate mobility. It seeks to establish the extent towhich Wales retains its graduate labour in employment; to estimate the labour marketoutcomes for 'Welsh' graduates (i.e. those born in Wales) and to investigate whether andhow these may...
Reports and Briefings
Welsh Graduate Mobility: Full Report
This research report explores Welsh graduate mobility. It seeks to establish the extent to which Wales retains its graduate labour in employment; to estimate the labour market outcomes for „Welsh‟ graduates (i.e. those born in Wales) and to investigate whether and how these...
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Journal and Journal Article
Recent trends in minority ethnic entrepreneurship in Britain
Planning information pertaining to the potential visual impacts of proposed construction developments is particularly important in the case of wind farm planning, given the high levels of concern amongst members of the public regarding the perceived negative visual impacts...
Inequalities | April 2010
Conference
Symposium: An Unsettled status? Migration in a turbulent age
2nd July 2019 |
Aberystwyth
This one-day symposium aims to cover and discuss a range of issues related to migration. Keynote speaker , Dr Kathy Burrell (University of Liverpool) will present her research on ' Unsettling Freedom of Movement? Hostile Environments, Conditionality,...
Seminar
An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales
4th October 2011 |
Cardiff
WISERD was delighted to be supporting the Wales Governance Centre (WGC) in hosting a series of seminars in the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay. Join a number of leading academics for a series of events exploring patterns of economic and social...