For over 20 years, John has taught economics at ten UK universities (including King's College London, SOAS, and London School of Economics). He has worked at MMU since 2011. I research various topics, such as economic effects of education; poverty; and domestic violence against women.
Why do I teach?
I want to help students become good economists - and good people. I try to improve social skills in my teaching (for example, I encourage shy students to talk more in tutorials).
Words of wisdom
Economics lecturers and students have useful insights into the way economies work. When possible, we should publish what we discover - in a journal article, or blog, or tweet.
How I’ll teach you
My lectures summarise key topics; I expect students to follow up, by reading textbooks and/or journal articles. i sometimes stop for a few minutes, and ask students to answer a question.
In my tutorials, I ask you some questions you should be able to answer, having heard my lecture on the subject. The tutorials are your chance to try out your answer: if you misunderstood a key concept, I will help you improve your understanding.
Academic and professional qualifications
PhD (Economics), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
PgCAP, MMU (this is postgraduate training, in how to be an effective teacher).
John has taught at over a dozen UK universities - most of which are in London.
Other academic service (administration and management)
John teaches micro and macroeconomics on the undergraduate economics degree programme, and related tasks such as Personal Academic Tutor.
He is also the Personal Tutor for Combined Honours students in MMU who take one or more economics units.
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Economics?
We need to understand how society works, from an economics approach. It is important that we try to make society, and the economy, as effective as we can: that means we can't afford to have injustice or prejudice. A meritocracy (which we should aim for) means every person should eb encouraged to do what they are best at; and if someone is great at something, there should be no barriers to their career.
In the real world, there is often unequal pay and glass ceilings holding women back; and racism preventing some people getting a job they deserve. We need to work hard, to understand what is going wrong, and find evidence; and then persuade politicians to improve the sutuation.
I mainly teach on Economics BA degree; I'm also involved with Combined Honours programmes which include economics.
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
I supervise several MSc dissertations each year.
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
John has published journal articles on various subjects including decision-making within the household, education, and ethical investment; and a book on domestic violence worldwide. He is now researching the effects of government spending as a way to reduce unemployment.
Many of the papers I've published are co-authored with other academics.
Books (authored/edited/special issues)
J. Simister (2012). Gender based violence: Causes and remedies. New York: Nova Publishers.
J. Simister (2015). What is the Value of an Economics Degree?. Economic Review Magazine. 32(4),
J. Simister (2015). Discrimination Against Ethnic Minorities in Britain: Why Did Racial Discrimination Increase From 2010 to 2015?. SSRG International Journal of Economics and Management Studies. 2(2), pp.20-27.
J. Simister (2015). UK Government From 2010 to 2015: A Case Study in Management. International Journal of Research in Business Studies and Management. 2(4), pp.29-37.
J. Simister (2013). Is Men's Share of Housework Reduced by 'Gender Deviance Neutralization'? Evidence From Seven Countries. JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE FAMILY STUDIES. 44(3), pp.311-+.
J. Simister (2013). Statistical Tables Showing p-Values at Various Levels of Statistical Significance to Facilitate the 'Probability Value' Approach to Hypothesis Testing. Pioneer Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics. 5(2), pp.75-86.
J. Simister (2013). Women’s education reduces risk of Gender-Based Violence: evidence from 33 countries. Multidisciplinary Journal of Gender Studies. 2(2), pp.150-181.
J. Simister, R. Whittle (2013). Ethical Investment and Portfolio Theory: Using Factor Analysis to Select a Portfolio. Journal of Mathematical Finance. 03(01), pp.145-152.
J. Simister, PE. Tolentino (2006). Using Confidence Tricks to Make People Learn Maths & Stats. MSOR Connections. 6(2),
P. McCarroll (2005). Tales of the Unexpected. Automotive Engineer (London).
J. Simister, C. Cooper (2005). Thermal stress in the U.S.A.: Effects on violence and on employee behaviour. Stress and Health. 21(1), pp.3-15.
J. Simister, E. Van de Vliert (2005). Is There More Violence in Very Hot Weather? Tests Over Time in Pakistan and Across Countries Worldwide. Pakistan Journal of Meteorology. 2(4), pp.55-70.
J. Simister, J. Piesse (2003). Bargaining and household dynamics: The impact of education and financial control on nutrition outcomes in South Africa. South African Journal of Economics. 71(1), pp.163-180.
J. Simister (2001). Thermal Stress and Violence in India & Pakistan. Indian Geographical Journal. 76(2), pp.89-100.
J. Simister (2000). Long-Term Trends in Wage Discrimination Against Ethnic Minorities: USA and UK. Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics. 11(4), pp.1-17.
M. Lyons, J. Simister (2000). From rags to riches? Migration and intergenerational change in London's housing market, 1971-91. Area. 32(3), pp.271-285.
J. Piesse, J. Simister, C. Thirtle, S. Wiggins (1999). Modernisation, multiple income sources and equity in the communal lands in zimbabwe. Agrekon. 38(SUPPL.1), pp.243-258.
R. Taplin, J. Simister (1995). Beyond a Neoclassical Approach to Household Spending: Combination Modes Theory. Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics. 5(4), pp.259-271.
B. Fine, J. Simister (1995). Consumption Durables: Exploring the Order of Acquisition. Applied Economics. 27, pp.1049-1057.
B. Fine, N. Foster, J. Simister, J. Wright (1993). Consumption Norms, Trickle-Down and the Video/Microwave Syndrome. International Review of Applied Economics. 7(2), pp.123-143.
Chapters in books
J. Simister, D. Syrrakos, F. Day, R. Whittle (2014). Many Hamsters: How the EU can enable private firms to provide renewable energy. In: Many Hamsters: How the EU can enable private firms to provide renewable energy.
J. Simister (2014). Evidence of Child Abuse in India and Other Countries. SMD. Allen. In: Child Abuse: Prevention and Treatment. Aavishkar Publishers,
J. Simister (2011). Effects of Domestic Violence on Women's Health. C. Chidambaranathan. In: Women and Health: A General Perspective. Jaipur: Pointer Publishers,
J. Simister, C. Cooper (2011). Extreme Temperature as a Cause of Violence. A. Renshaw, E. Suarez. In: Violent Crime and Prisons: Population, Health Conditions and Recidivism. pp.1-34.
J. Simister, C. Cooper, E. Van de Vliert (2007). Heated Debate: How Temperature Affects Crime. C. Wilkinson. In: The Observer Book of Weather. Reading UK: Observer Books,
R. Whittle, C. Pyke, J. Simister Forensic Economics: An analysis of government data. London, 10/9/2015.
CJ. Pyke, J. Simister, R. Whittle Forensic Economics - Fovernment Expenditure on Wages from 1991 to 2014. London, 1/9/2015.
J. Simister, A. Refaat Networks Towards Unity for Health, Empowering Egyptian Women Against Intimate Partner Violence. Graz, Austria, 21/9/2011.
AH. Refaat, J. Simister Empowering Egyptian Women Against Intimate Partner Violence. Graz, Austria, 17/9/2011.
J. Simister Oxford Forum for International Development, Ending Female Genital Mutilation. Oxford, UK, 20/2/2011.
J. Simister (2011). Ending Female Genital Mutilation. Oxford University, 20/2/2011.
AH. Refaat, J. Simister (2009). Effects of Education on Gender-Based Violence in Egypt. 8/11/2009.
J. Simister, J. Piesse (2002). Household Consumption Decisions and Nutrition in South Africa. Oxford University, 1/1/2002.