Graham Gudgin Chairman of Ulster University Economic Policy Centre
- Economic Policy Centre (EPC)
From November 1999 to 2002, Graham was seconded as Special Adviser to the Northern Ireland First Minister on economic policy. Prior to this, he was the Director of the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre, a position he held since the Centre was established in 1985. Before that, he was a Senior Research Officer in the Department of Applied Economics, University of Cambridge and Economics Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge.
He is the author of a large number of books, reports and journal articles on regional economic growth in the UK and on the growth of small firms. He has also published widely on economic development issues in Northern Ireland.
He has recently been involved in developing local forecast models for a number of UK urban areas including Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast.
Graham has also been advisor to the House of Commons NI Affairs Committee, a member of the Labour Party Commission on the Future of Regional Policy in England, a member of the CBI Corporate affairs Committee in Northern Ireland, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Dublin. He was a member of the NIERC Board in 2002-04, and is currently a member of the Board of the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland (ERINI).
Graham graduated from the University of London with a first-class degree in geography, after which he obtained a PhD from the University of Leicester and degree in mathematics from the Open University.