My current position at UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics reflects a life-long interest in questions about human behavior, social structures, disparities in economic outcomes, and the course of history. The study of economic history, in particular, provided the perfect environment for me to explore theories and methods addressing such problems and continues to support the development of my current research and teaching interests.
My approach to teaching is based upon a view that students who actively engage with course material are more likely to not only enjoy their learning more, but to have a better understanding of relevant economic principles, their expression in the “real world,” and debates about the course of economic growth and development – whether in history or at present. This approach has been furthered more recently through the integration of community service learning and community-based research as a means by which students can deepen their understanding of such processes.
The emphasis of my teaching and research is on economic history, sustainable economic development, technological change, and the pedagogy of post-secondary education. I obtained my Ph.D. from Nuffield College, Oxford.
Ph.D. (DPhil) Thesis
Enclosure and Agricultural Development in Scotland.