I have taught economics at all levels as well as on various professional and industry qualifications, including CIMA, for the Bank of New York and for the Civil Service.
Following a research career in industry where my consultancy reports were used to develop firms' strategy in negotiating with local government throughout the UK, I was awarded one of only two Economic and Social Research Council studentships to read for a Master's of Research and have recently completed my PhD in Economics and Econometrics at the University of Keele.
I am happy to supervise PhDs in the areas of:
The Economics of Taxation
Computational and Experimental Economics
Finance, Banking and Behavioural Finance
Other academic service (administration and management)
Course Director: HMRC MSc Taxation and Fiscal Policy
Head of the Centre for Applied Behavioural Economics
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Economics?
Biases, Bubbles & The Business Cycle
External examiner roles
Chief External Examiner (Economics) - University of the West of England
External Validation Panel - Oxford Brookes University
External Examiner - Staffordshire University
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
My research interests concentrate around behavioural economics, decision making and financial crisis and I have recently published in the Journal of Mathematical Finance as well as having well received papers in various conferences, notably EDAMBA in Soreze France. Furthermore I currently have research students based in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Saudi Arabia and several campus based students studying for a variety of Masters awards with a research component as well as several fully funded PhD students.
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.
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.
R. Whittle, A. Brown The financialisation of local infrastructure provision: insights from FESSUD. Newcastle University, 2/12/2016.
R. Whittle, A. Pike, P. O'Brien, A. Brown Regional Studies Association Winter Conference. 25/11/2016.
R. Whittle, A. Pike, P. O'Brien, A. Brown Building the Infrastructure for Regional Powerhouses. Leeds, 6/6/2016.
R. Whittle, W. Cook Do individuals’ risk and time preferences predict entrepreneurial choice?. Glasgow, 11/11/2015.
R. Whittle Nudging Public Finance. Liverpool, 11/9/2015.
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.
R. Whittle Behavioural Insights for the Short Termist Debate in Financial Services. London, United Kingdom, 1/7/2015.
B. Lupton, R. Whittle, A. Rowe Insights Into the Behavioural Science of Reward - Is It All About the Money?. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, London, United Kingdom, 15/4/2015.
R. Whittle, B. Lupton The Behavioural Science of Pay and Reward. CIPD, 1/4/2015.
R. Whittle A Behavioural Consideration of the New UK Auto-Enrolment Pension Scheme. University of Salford, United Kingdom, 1/5/2013.
R. Whittle, P. Wild, H. Chaudry An evaluation of the efficacy of incentives to spur R&D in the UK. 1/1/2013.
R. Whittle, K. Albertson Taylor Rule Guidance for Greece. ATINER, 1/5/2012.
R. Whittle Pluralist Economics and the Financial Crisis. University of Salford, United Kingdom, 1/5/2012.
R. Whittle Austrian Business Cycles: From Theory to Empirics. MMU, United Kingdom, 1/4/2012.
R. Whittle Alternative Proposals for Monetary Reform, Epistemological and Ontological Concerns in Research. 1/7/2011.
R. Whittle Questioning the Dominance of Mathematics in Economics. 1/7/2011.
R. Whittle The Flaw of the Monetary System and Proposals for Reform: An Austrian Perspective. 1/7/2011.
R. Whittle The Philosophy of The Austrian School of Economic Thought and an Agent Based Computational Method?. 1/7/2011.
B. Lupton, R. Whittle, . Rowe, A (2015). Show me the Money! The Behavioiural Science of Pay and Reward. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chartered Insititute of Personnel and Development.
AD. Rowe, B. Lupton, R. Whittle (2015). The Behavioural Science of Pay and Reward.
R. Whittle, W. Cook (2015). Do individuals’ risk and time preferences predict entrepreneurial choice.
R. Whittle (2014). Behavioural Planning in passenger traffic.
R. Whittle, W. Cook (2014). Path to Purchase (Decision Making).
R. Whittle (2014). A review of SIPP provision.
R. Whittle (2014). Financial Decision Making Online.
R. Whittle, W. Cook (2014). Behavioural insights in the Fast Moving Goods Sector.
R. Whittle (2012). Austrian Business Cycles: From Theory to Empirics.
Awards, Honours & Distinctions
Prizes and awards
ESRC Doctoral Studentship (Economics)
Visiting and honorary positions
Visiting Research Fellow - Gothenburg University (Sweden)
Membership of professional associations
Full membership of The Chartered Banker Institute.