Tuesday 29. November 2011

Seminar on economic impacts of education in remote regions: Lecturers arrived

The weather did not succeed to thwart UWestfjords' Seminar on economic and social impacts of education in remote regions, where Scottish and Icelandic scientists and pracititioners will exchange their findings and experiences. Just now Robert E. Wright, professor at Strathclyde University and Nicole Bourque, senior lecturer at University of Glasgow landed in Ísafjörður after a snow storm, that makes remotedness perceivable. 


Robert E. Wright is professor of Economics in the Department 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 and Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Management. 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 London and at the Institute for Research in Public Policy in Ottawa. He is a Senior External Demographic Expert at the Office of National Statistics, London. He was a member of the Board of the Scottish Parliament's Positive Ageing Project.
Robert E. Wright will talk on Periphery-Core Graduate Migration Flows.

Dr. Nicole Bourque is senior lecturer in social anthropology at University of Glasgow. Her research interests are amongst others religious change, religious education and islam in Scotland. Immigration and not least immigration in rural areas connects to this. Her topic will be Does Religious Education Work? 

Together with them on the picture is Kristinn Hermannsson, who established the contacts. 
Kristinn Hermannsson is born and brought up in the Westfjords of Iceland and knows the structural problems of this peripheral region. His PhD, he is working on at Strathclyde University, deals with Computable general equilibrium modelling of the overall regional impact of higher education institutions on the Southwest of Scotland 
Kristinn will talk about the economic impacts of students livinig expenses under both core and periphery perspective. 

Robert E Wright, Nicole Bourque and Kristinn Hermannson at the University Centre
Robert E Wright, Nicole Bourque and Kristinn Hermannson at the University Centre