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Graham Brownlow


Graham Brownlow is Lecturer in Economics in Queen’s Management School (QMS) and a Research Associate in Queen’s University Centre for Economic History (QUCEH) as well as an Associate Fellowship in the George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and member of the Urban and Regional Economics Seminar Group (URESG). He is co-editor of Irish Economic and Social History. Graham has provided economic advice to many bodies including the Home Office (UK), NI Assembly, Department of Foreign Affairs, US consulate and has given an invited lecture to the Royal College of Defence. He worked in Whitehall (GES) and within the Scottish fund management industry prior to entering academia. His research focuses on economic history, business history and the ‘new’ institutionalism.  His publications have appeared in a range of prestigious journals, including papers in the Business History, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Economic and Social Review, Economic History Review, Journal of Economic Affairs, Journal of Economic Methodology, Journal of Institutional Economics and Regional Studies. He has been invited to present at seminars and conferences at many universities including Stanford, Cambridge, Warwick and Oxford. Graham has a substantial media profile. Outlets that have profiled his research included appearing on the network BBC Television News, BBC Radio Ulster and The Wall Street Journal as well as being interviewed for pieces in a range of outlets including the Economist, Financial Times, Le Figaro, Guardian, Newsweek, Sunday Times and Irish Times.

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