Robert E. Wright, PhD, was born in Trenton, Ontario, Canada in 1958. He joined the University of Strathclyde in September 2005 as a Professor of Economics in the Strathclyde Business School. From 1995 to 2005, he was Professor and University Chair in Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Stirling. From 1997-2002, he was Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Management (now Stirling Management School) at the University of Stirling. From 1991 to 1994, he was Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Glasgow. Before moving to Scotland, he held positions in the Department of Economics at Birkbeck College, in the Centre for Population Studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at the Institute for Research in Public Policy in Ottawa.
He studied economics, demography and statistics at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Michigan, the University of Stockholm and the National Institute of Demographic Research in Paris. His research interests are in the areas of population economics, labour economics, inequality and poverty and applied econometrics and statistics. His publications include 100 articles in refereed journals, 4 books and 22 book chapters.
He is a founding member of the Economic and Social Research Council’s, Centre for Population Change. He is a current member of the ESRC’s Methods and Infrastructure Committee, International Committee and Strategic Priorities Taskforce. He is the ESRC Assessor of the European Social Survey, City University; the International Social Survey Programme, City University; and the Centre for Microdata Methods and Practise, University College London
He is the Research Co-ordinator of the Demography and Social Justice Programme at the Scottish Economic Policy Network; a Senior Associate of Fraser of Allander Institute, Glasgow; a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour, Bonn; a Senior External Demographic Expert at the Office of National Statistics, London; a member of the Office of National Statistics National Population Projections Expert Advisory Panel; a member of the Expert Group of the Board of Actuarial Standards; a member of the Advisory Board of the Economics Network; a member of the Advisory Network of the Social Justice Foundation; and a Fellow of the World Demographic Association, St. Gallen, Switzerland. He was a Board Member of the Scottish Parliament’s Positive Ageing Project. For five years, he was the Executive Director of the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education; and an Academician and Founding Editorial Board Member of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has been a Visiting Professor at DELTA in Paris and at the Universities of Amsterdam, Naples and Stockholm. He is a past President of the European Society for Population Economics and the past President of the Scottish Economic Society.