Speakers. Oxford Summit of Leaders 2014

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Posted on 30 May 2014.
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Prof. Ken Mayhew

Director of SKOPE, Oxford, UK


Ken Mayhew is a labour economist who has spent most of his career in Oxford University where he is Emeritus Professor of Education and Economic Performance and a former Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Pembroke College. He was also founding Director of SKOPE, a research centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance. Established in 1998 and originally funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, it is multi-disciplinary and is based in the Oxford University Department of Education.

Ken read Modern History at Oxford and did a Masters in Economics at LSE. After graduate school he joined Her Majesty’s Treasury before moving back to Oxford. In 1989 and 1990 he was Economic Director at the UK National Economic Development Office, and has worked as a consultant for many private and public sector organisations at home and abroad, including the European Commission, the OECD, the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the UK National Apprenticeship Service.

His main research interests are in policy analysis, labour economics, human resource management and the economics of education and training. He has recently written on the last Labour Government’s economic record and the present Government’s strategy for growth. He worked on a Russell Sage Foundation project on the future of low paid work in the wealthy world, and is currently engaged on a variety of linked projects on the future of higher education. Together with David Finegold, Chris Warhurst and John Buchanan, he is also editor of The Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training, due to be published shortly.

Within Oxford he has been Deputy Master and Acting Master of Pembroke College and Chair of the University’s Social Studies Board. He is an editor of Oxford Economic Papers and of The Oxford Review of Economic Policy and is on the editorial board of The Oxford Review of Education.

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