Portrait of Professor Jill Johnes Professor Jill Johnes

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Biography

Position: Professor of Production Economics and Dean of The Business School, Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics
Qualifications: BA(Hons), PhD, FHEA, NTF
 

Jill has been Professor of Production Economics at the University of Huddersfield since January 2015. She started her career at British Aerospace, Warton Division as a Senior Commercial Apprentice, before working as lecturer, senior lecturer and finally Reader in Production Economics at Lancaster University, where she currently has a Visiting/Honorary position.

Jill’s core research examines organisational efficiency using frontier estimation techniques. From a combination of widely-cited journal publications and two highly influential books, Jill has gained a prominent national and international research reputation in education economics. Her early work, including the book Performance Indicators in Higher Education (1990), influenced the manner in which league tables are constructed, from an output approach to the now standard value-added approach. As a consequence, Jill has worked on efficiency issues with, for example, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (D/BIS), the European Union, the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research and the Swedish National Audit Office. She has also been invited to speak on education efficiency at a number of venues including the Swedish National Audit Office (2010), the Beijing Forum (2012), Beijing Normal University (2013), the Annual International Conference of the Association of Higher Education Researchers, Moscow (2013), Efficiency in Education Workshop, The Work Foundation, London (2014), and the 5th Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, Catholic University Porto (2015). In addition she co-organised a conference on Efficiency in Education at the Work Foundation, London (19th to 20th September 2014) and has edited a special issue of the Journal of the Operational Research Society on Efficiency in Education (2016).

Jill has recently started to apply frontier estimation techniques in the context of the banking sector and in particular in comparing the Islamic and conventional banking business models. As testimony to her developing reputation in that context, she has presented papers on this subject at various conferences and was on the scientific committee for the Islamic Banking and Finance conference held at Lancaster University in 2014.

She has won awards for her teaching including the Lancaster University Sir Alastair Pilkington Teaching Prize in 1991 and a National Teaching Fellowship in 2011.

Employment History:

  • Professor of Production Economics, University of Huddersfield, 2015 onwards
  • Reader (previously Senior Lecturer and Lecturer), Lancaster University, 1988-2014
  • Senior Commercial Apprentice, British Aerospace Warton Division, 1981-1985

Qualifications

  • 1985 BA Economics and Mathematics, Lancaster University
  • 1988 PhD Economics and Operational Research, Lancaster University

Research and Scholarship

Jill’s general research interests are in production economics. Jill is currently working on various projects including: efficiency in the private schools sector; the effect on efficiency of merging in the university sector; cost functions in English higher education; efficiency and convergence in banking sectors; efficiency of Local Authorities.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Johnes, J., Allcock, D. and Virmani, S. (2017) ‘Efficiency and VC pay: Exploring the value conundrum’. In: 15th European workshop on efficiency and productivity analysis EWEPA, 12-15th June 2017, London

Johnes, J., Portela, M. and Thanassoulis, E. (2017) ‘Efficiency in EducationJournal of the Operational Research Society , 68 (4), pp. 339-363. ISSN 0160-5682

Johnes, J (2017) ‘Performance indicators and rankings in higher education’. In: Fourth Lisbon Research Workshop on Economics, Statistics and Econometrics of Education, 26th – 27th January 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

Johnes, J., Izzeldin, M., Pappas, V. and Tsionas, M. (2017) ‘Measuring efficiency convergence in Islamic and conventional banks: Cross-country evidence’. In: Lancaster University Management School Productivity Centre Seminar, 9th January 2017, Lancaster University Management School

2016

Johnes, J (2016) ‘Performance indicators and rankings in higher education’. In: Valuing Higher Education: An appreciation of the work of Gareth Williams and the Centre for Higher Education Studies, November 15th 2016, Institute of Education, University College London

Johnes, J (2016) ‘Performance indicators and rankings in higher education’. In: Efficiency in Education Workshop, 20th to 21st October 2016, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Johnes, G. and Johnes, J. (2016) ‘Costs, efficiency and economies of scale and scope in the English higher education sectorOxford Review of Economic Policy , 32 (4), pp. 596-614. ISSN 0266-903X

Johnes, J (2016) ‘Mergers in higher education: Implications for efficiency’. In: Centre for Global Higher education seminar series, 29th September 2016, UCL Institute of Education

Johnes, J (2016) ‘No strength in numbers: Mergers may not be the answer for higher education institutions seeking savings’Research Fortnight , March.

Thanassoulis, E., De Witte, K., Johnes, J., Johnes, G., Karagiannis, G. and Portela, M. (2016) ‘Applications of DEA in education’. In: Data Envelopment Analysis – A Handbook of Empirical Studies and Applications. New York: Springer. . ISBN 978-1489976826

Johnes, J., Elliott, C. and Lopez Torres, L. (2016) ‘The effects of competition and collaboration on school efficiency: A bootstrapped two-stage DEA of the UK independent school sector’. In: Workshop on Education Economics, March 23rd to 24th, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Johnes, J. and Johnes, G. (2016) ‘Costs and efficiency in English higher education: An analysis using latent class stochastic frontier models’. In: Association for Education Finance and Policy 41st Annual Conference, March 17th to 19th 2016, Denver, USA

Johnes, J (2016) ‘Why UK universities are returning to the public debt marketsThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032

Johnes, J (2016) ‘Performance indicators and rankings in higher education’. In: Valuing Higher Education: An Appreciation of the Work of Gareth Williams. London: UCL Institute of Education Press. pp. 77-105. ISBN 978 1 78277 174 6

2015

Johnes, J. and Johnes, G. (2015) ‘Costs and efficiency in English higher education: An analysis using latent class stochastic frontier models’. In: Efficiency in Education, 19-20 November 2015, KU Leuven

Johnes, J. and Johnes, G. (2015) ‘Costs and efficiency in English higher education: An analysis using latent class stochastic frontier models’. In: INFORMS annual Meeting 2015, 1-4 November 2015, Philadelphia, USA

Johnes, J (2015) ‘Students beware: university rankings should come with health warningsThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032

Johnes, J. and Johnes, G. (2015) ‘Costs and efficiency in English higher education: An analysis using latent class stochastic frontier models’. In: 5th Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, 5 October 2015, Catholic University Porto, Portugal

Johnes, J., Izzeldin, M. and Pappas, V. (2015) ‘Efficiency and productivity change in Islamic and conventional banks: Evidence from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries’. In: 13th International Conference on Data Envelopment Analysis, 24-27 August 2015, Technische Universität (TU) Braunschweig, Germany

Johnes, J (2015) ‘Hard Evidence: are universities strapped for cash?The Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032

Johnes, J. and Tsionas, M. (2015) ‘University mergers in England: Effects on efficiency’. In: European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, 15-18 June 2015, Helsinki, Finland

Johnes, J (2015) ‘Operational Research in EducationEuropean Journal of Operational Research , 243 (3), pp. 683-696. ISSN 0377-2217

2014

Johnes, J (2014) ‘Input Substitutability in English Higher Education’. In: INFORMS annual Meeting 2014, 9 - 12 November 2014, San Francisco, USA

Johnes, J (2014) ‘Hard Evidence: are more older people going to university?The Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032

Johnes, J., Izzeldin, M. and Pappas, V. (2014) ‘A comparison of performance of Islamic and conventional banks 2004 to 2009Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization , 103, p. S93-S107. ISSN 0167-2681

Johnes, J (2014) ‘Efficiency and mergers in English higher education 1996/97 to 2008/09: Parametric and non-parametric estimation of the multi-input multi-output distance functionManchester School , 82 (4), pp. 465-487. ISSN 1467-9957

2013

Johnes, G. and Johnes, J. (2013) ‘The persistence of efficiencyExpert Systems With Applications , 40 (14), pp. 5661-5672. ISSN 0957-4174

Johnes, J., Burney, N., Al-Enezia, M. and Al-Musallam, M. (2013) ‘The efficiency of public schools: The case of KuwaitEducation Economics , 21 (4), pp. 5661-5672. ISSN 0964-5292

Johnes, J. and Johnes, G. (2013) Efficiency in the higher education sector: technical exploration London: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Horta, I., Camanho, A., Johnes, J. and Johnes, G. (2013) ‘Performance trends in the construction industry worldwide: an overview of the turn of the centuryJournal of Productivity Analysis , 39 (1), pp. 89-99. ISSN 0895-562X

2012

Johnes, J., Bradley, S. and Little, A. (2012) ‘Efficiency in the further education sector in EnglandOpen Journal of Statistics , 2 (1), pp. 131-140. ISSN 2161-718X

2011

Thanassoulis, E., Kortelainen, M., Johnes, G. and Johnes, J. (2011) ‘Costs and efficiency of higher education institutions in England: A DEA analysisJournal of the Operational Research Society , 62, pp. 1282-1297. ISSN 0160-5682

2010

Bradley, S., Johnes, J. and Little, A. (2010) ‘The measurement and determinants of efficiency and productivity in the further education sector in EnglandBulletin of Economic Research , 62 (1), pp. 1-30. ISSN 0307-3378

2009

Johnes, G. and Johnes, J. (2009) ‘Higher education institutions’ costs and efficiency: taking the decomposition a further stepEconomics of Education Review , 28 (1), pp. 107-113. ISSN 0272-7757

2008

Johnes, J. and YU, L. (2008) ‘Measuring the research performance of Chinese higher education institutions using data envelopment analysisChina Economic Review , 19 (4), pp. 679-696. ISSN 1043-951X

Johnes, J (2008) ‘Efficiency and productivity change in the English higher education sector from 1996/97 to 2004/5The Manchester School , 76 (6), pp. 653-674. ISSN 1463-6786

Kalkan, O., Johnes, G. and Johnes, J. (2008) Country Report of England European Commission

Johnes, G., Johnes, J. and Thanassoulis, E. (2008) ‘An analysis of costs in institutions of higher education in EnglandStudies in Higher Education , 33 (5), pp. 527-549. ISSN 0307-5079

2006

Johnes, J (2006) ‘Measuring teaching efficiency in higher education: An application of data envelopment analysis to economics graduates from UK Universities 1993European Journal of Operational Research , 174 (1), pp. 443-456. ISSN 0377-2217

Johnes, J (2006) ‘Data envelopment analysis and its application to the measurement of efficiency in higher educationEconomics of Education Review , 25 (3), pp. 273-288. ISSN 0272-7757

Johnes, J (2006) ‘Measuring Efficiency: A Comparison of Multilevel Modelling and Data Envelopment Analysis in the Context of Higher EducationBulletin of Economic Research , 58 (2), pp. 75-104. ISSN 0307-3378

2005

Wei, Y. and Johnes, J. (2005) ‘Internet tools in teaching quantitative economics: why gaps between potential and reality?Journal of Further and Higher Education , 29 (2), pp. 125-141. ISSN 0309-877X

Johnes, G., Johnes, J., Thanassoulis, E., Lenton, P. and Emrouznejad, A. (2005) An Exploratory Analysis of the Cost Structure of Higher Education in England . : Lancaster University Management School. ISBN 1 84478 484 3

2004

Johnes, G. and Johnes, J. (2004) International Handbook on the Economics of Education . : Edward Elgar. ISBN 1-84376-119-X

Johnes, G. and Johnes, J. (2004) ‘Efficiency measurement’. In: International Handbook on the Economics of Education. : Edward Elgar. pp. 613-742. ISBN 9781845421694

1997

Johnes, J (1997) ‘Inter-university variations in undergraduate non-completion rates: A statistical analysis by subject of studyJournal of Applied Statistics , 24 (3), pp. 343-362. ISSN 0266-4763

1996

Johnes, J (1996) ‘Performance assessment in higher education in BritainEuropean Journal of Operational Research , 89 (1), pp. 18-33. ISSN 03772217

1995

Johnes, J. and Johnes, G. (1995) ‘Neither poison nor panaceaEconomics of Education Review , 14 (3), pp. 317-318. ISSN 02727757

Johnes, J. and Johnes, G. (1995) ‘Research funding and performance in U.K. University Departments of Economics: A frontier analysisEconomics of Education Review , 14 (3), pp. 301-314. ISSN 02727757

1994

Johnes, G. and Johnes, J. (1994) ‘Policy Reforms and the Theory of Education FinanceJournal of Economic Studies , 21 (1), pp. 3-15. ISSN 0144-3585

1993

Johnes, J. and Johnes, G. (1993) ‘Measuring the research performance of UK economics departments: an application of data envelopment analysisOxford Economic Papers , 45, pp. 332-347. ISSN 0030-7653

Armstrong, H., Johnes, G., Johnes, J. and Macbean, A. (1993) ‘The role of transport costs as a determinant of price level differentials between the isle of man and the United Kingdom, 1989World Development , 21 (2), pp. 311-318. ISSN 0305750X

Johnes, J., Taylor, J. and Francis, B. (1993) ‘The Research Performance of UK Universities: A Statistical Analysis of the Results of the 1989 Research Selectivity ExerciseJournal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A (Statistics in Society) , 156 (2), pp. 271-286.

1992

Johnes, G. and Johnes, J. (1992) ‘Apples and oranges: The aggregation problem in publications analysisScientometrics , 25 (2), pp. 353-365. ISSN 0138-9130

Johnes, J. and Taylor, J. (1992) ‘The 1989 Research Selectivity Exercise: A Statistical Analysis of Differences in Research Rating between Universities at the Cost Centre LevelHigher Education Quarterly , 46 (1), pp. 67-87. ISSN 0951-5224

Johnes, J (1992) ‘The Potential Effects of Wider Access to Higher Education on Degree QualityHigher Education Quarterly , 46 (1), pp. 88-104. ISSN 0951-5224

Taylor, J. and Johnes, J. (1992) ‘The Citation Record of Regional Studies and Related Journals, 1980–89Regional Studies , 26 (1), pp. 93-97. ISSN 0034-3404

1991

Johnes, J. and Taylor, J. (1991) ‘Non-completion of a degree course and its effect on the subsequent experience of non-completers in the labour marketStudies in Higher Education , 16 (1), pp. 73-81. ISSN 0307-5079

Armstrong, H., Johnes, G., Johnes, J. and McBean, A. (1991) ‘Consumer goods and energy prices on the Isle of ManManagement Research News , 14 (7/8/9), pp. 31-35. ISSN 0140-9174

1990

Johnes, J. and Taylor, J. (1990) ‘Undergraduate non-completion rates: a replyHigher Education , 19 (3), pp. 385-390. ISSN 0018-1560

Johnes, J (1990) ‘Unit costs: some explanations of the differences between UK universitiesApplied Economics , 22 (7), pp. 853-862. ISSN 0003-6846

Johnes, J (1990) ‘Determinants of student wastage in higher educationStudies in Higher Education , 15 (1), pp. 87-99. ISSN 0307-5079

Johnes, J. and Taylor, J. (1990) Performance Indicators in Higher Education: UK Universities . Milton Keynes: Open University Press. ISBN 0335094554

1989

Johnes, J. and Taylor, J. (1989) ‘Undergraduate non-completion rates: Differences between UK universitiesHigher Education , 18 (2), pp. 209-225. ISSN 0018-1560

Taylor, J. and Johnes, J. (1989) ‘An evaluation of performance indicators based upon the first destination of university graduatesStudies in Higher Education , 14 (2), pp. 201-217. ISSN 0307-5079

Johnes, J. and Taylor, J. (1989) ‘The first destination of new graduates: comparisons between universitiesApplied Economics , 21 (3), pp. 357-373. ISSN 0003-6846

1987

Johnes, J. and Taylor, J. (1987) ‘Degree quality: An investigation into differences between UK universitiesHigher Education , 16 (5), pp. 581-602. ISSN 0018-1560

Johnes, J. and Taylor, J. (1987) ‘Graduates and jobs:an analysis of the Graduate Employment and Training SurveyHiigher education review , 19, pp. 55-64. ISSN 0018-1609

Esteem

Journal Editorships

  • 2016 - Journal of the Operational Research Society, editor of special issue on Efficiency in Education (with M Portela and E Thanassoulis)
  • 1992 to 2002 - Education Economics, Book Review Editor
  • 1989 to 1992 - Regional Studies, Deputy Editor
     

Conference Organisation, Membership of Editorial Boards and Scientific Committees

  • 2015 to date - Education Economics, editorial board
  • 2014 - Efficiency in Education, September 19th-20th, The Work Foundation, London
  • 2013 to 2014 - Member of the Steering Committee of the Elshaarani Centre for Islamic Business and Finance at Aston University
  • 2013 to 2014 - Member of the Scientific Committee of the Islamic Banking and Finance Conference, Lancaster University Management School, June 2013
  • 2010 to 2011 - Educational Research International, Member of Editorial Board
     

Invited Seminar Presentations

  • 2015 - ‘Costs and efficiency in English higher education: An analysis using latent class stochastic frontier models’, 5th Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, Catholic University Porto, Portugal, 5th October 2015.
  • 2014 - ‘University mergers in England: Effects on efficiency’ Efficiency in Education Workshop, The Work Foundation, London, 19th – 20th September 2014.
  • 2014 - ‘Comparing the performance of Islamic and conventional banks’ Conference in honour of Dr Nick Snowden, Lancaster University Management School, 31st March.
  • 2013 - ‘Measuring efficiency of universities’ Centre for Higher Education Studies, Institute of Education, University of London, 5th November.
  • 2013 - ‘A comparison of performance of Islamic and conventional banks 2004 to 2009’ paper presented to College of Finance and Economics, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, 27th September.
  • 2013 - ‘Costs and efficiency in English higher education’ paper presented to Institute of Education, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, 26th September.
  • 2013 - ‘How efficient is the UK HE sector?’ Annual International Conference of the Russian Association of Higher Education Researchers, Moscow 26th – 28th September.
  • 2013 - ‘Effect of merger activity on efficiency in English higher education’ Efficiency in Higher Education Workshop, Thessaloniki 24th – 25th June.
  • 2013 - ‘Efficiency measurement’ Beijing Normal University, 17th April.
  • 2013 - ‘Applications of cost function studies in the context of English higher education’ Beijing Normal University, 18th April.
  • 2012 - ‘Measuring efficiency and input substitutability: Evidence from the English higher education sector over a period of expansion’ Beijing Forum, Peking University, Beijing 2nd – 4th November.
  • 2010 - ‘Efficiency in UK universities: a production function approach’ Invited speaker at an Efficiency Workshop run by the Swedish National Audit Office Stockholm, 19th August.
     

Consultant

  • 2010 to 2011 - Consultant for National Audit Office Sweden
  • 2008 - Consultant for Kuwait Institute if Scientific Research (KISR) on a project entitled: An Assessment of Cost Structure and Efficiency of Public Schools in Kuwait
     

Awards

  • 2011 -  National Teaching Fellowship, Higher Education Academy
  • 1991 - Sir Alastair Pilkington Teaching Award, Lancaster University

Research Degree Supervision

Jill is interested in supervising PhD students in the general area of Production Economics. My specific areas of interest are in measuring efficiency.

Administrative Responsibilities

Director of Research, The Business School

Teaching and Professional Activities

Jill teaches or has taught at Huddersfield the following modules:

  • Year 1 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Year 2 Quantitative Economics
  • MBA Business Economics
     

External Examination of PhD Theses

  • Loughborough University (2015)
  • Université de Lausanne (2014)
  • University of Warwick (2012)
  • University of York (2009)
  • University of Nottingham (2009)
  • Helsinki School of Economics (2009)