David Ulph

David Ulph

SIRE Director

Organisation: University of St Andrews

Email: du1@st-andrews.ac.uk

David Ulph studied at the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford (where he held a Snell Exhibition). He held academic appointments at Stirling University and University College London (UCL), before becoming a Professor at the University of Bristol where he was also Head of Department. He then moved back to UCL as Professor and Head of Department. While at UCL he became Executive Director of the ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution (ELSE), which, amongst other things, designed the UK auction for 3G licences that raised around £22bn in revenue. He has served on various ESRC committees, and on the Council and Executive Committee of the Royal Economic Society. He has raised over £2m in research income from various UK and international research councils, and has participated in and directed a number of European research projects funded by the European Commission.

In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the European Economic Association in recognition of his contribution to Economics in Europe. In 2001 he took up a 5-year appointment as Director of Analysis in the Inland Revenue, which, following a merger with HM Customs and Excise, has now become HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). He was responsible for leading a team of around 320 analysts advising the Chancellor, Ministers, HM Treasury and HMRC on all aspects of tax policy and tax administration. He rejoined academia in October 2006 as Professor and Head of School of Economics and Finance at St Andrews.

He has a wide range of research interests in economics, but the main areas of current research are:

  • economics of innovation particularly links between competition and innovation, and the role of knowledge and information sharing;
  • taxation, particularly the issues of tax avoidance and tax policy;
  • environmental economics, particularly climate change;
  • economics of third sector/civil society.

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