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Gareth Downing joined the University as a lecturer in Economics in 2013. Before joining the University of Huddersfield, Gareth worked briefly with the Scottish Government within the newly formed fiscal responsibility team looking into issues related to possible future independence. Before deciding to take a career in economics Gareth spent several years working in the field of mental health on an acute psychiatric ward which he found extremely interesting and rewarding.
Gareth is in the final stages of an ESRC funded PhD from the University of Manchester. Whilst studying towards his PhD Gareth worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in a wide range of subjects which sparked his interest in the introduction of new interactive technologies to improve teaching. Before this Gareth obtained his BSc in Economics with 1st class honours from Manchester Metropolitan University and his MSc in Economics with distinction from the University of Manchester.
Gareth’s main research interests are in the ares of Governance and Growth. In particular, the focus of his PhD is on the relationship between Decentralisation, Corruption and Economic Development. Gareth is also interersted in monetary economics and the Post Keynesian perspective.
Downing, G (2016) ‘How the G7 can boost the global economy’ The Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032
Gareth is the Admissions Officer for the BSc in Economics.
Gareth currently teaches on the MSc Macroeconomics, BSc Principles of Macroeconomics and BSc Development in Banking and Finance.