Sarah Brown is a Professor of Economics at the University of Sheffield, where she was Head of the Department of Economics from 2006 to 2011. She is a Research Fellow at the IZA (Institute for the Study of Labour, Bonn) and an Associate Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI). She has been a member of the Department of Work and Pensions Steering Committee for the Work, Pensions and Labour Economics Study Group (WPEG) since 2001. She is currently a member of the Royal Economic Society (RES) Council.
Sarah’s research interests lie in applied microeconometrics focusing on labour economics, the economics of education and household financial decision-making.
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Gurleen is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics. She has a B.A. (Economics) from University of Delhi, a M.A. (Economics) from Delhi School of Economics and a PhD (Economics) from University of California, Riverside. She joined the Department of Economics at Sheffield in September 2004, having previously taught at universities in the UK and the USA.
Gurleen´s primary research interest is in Applied Econometrics. Her research has focused on the effects of economic growth and labour market institutions on the wage structure, distribution of income, and poverty in both the formal and the informal sectors of the economy. An example of a recent project is the effects of free trade on labour market outcomes for women in developing countries. Her current research focuses on the impact of poverty and inequality on early childhood development. Gurleen is interested in supervising students in applied micro- and macro-econometrics.
After gaining her PhD from the University of Leeds in 1993, Jenny became a Lecturer in Economics at the same institution. She joined the University of Sheffield in 1994, where she is now a Professor of Economics. Her research interests centre on applied microeconometrics, the interaction of health and labour market outcomes, the economics of well-being and behavioural economics.
Jenny is currently involved in two large projects funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. One is the Reflect project, which she leads – looking at smartphone interventions to influence travel behaviour. The second is the CEDE project – Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy – which starts in October 2013 and includes Jenny as a co-investigator.
Jenny is a member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) public health group, developing guidelines for behaviour change. She has also recently carried out research looking at the behavioural aspects of student choice for the Higher Education Academy and NUS.