Will holds a PhD in quantitative social science from the University of Manchester, a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Manchester, and was a visiting research fellow at Harvard University in 2012.
Prior to his academic career, he worked for four years as an economic adviser to the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and the Home Office. He has also worked in the government and public sector practice at PwC and for GHK Consulting and has conducted a number of externally commissioned research projects in partnership with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) where he is an associate research fellow.
Academic and professional qualifications
PhD Social Statistics (University of Manchester)
PgDip Econometrics (Birkbeck, University of London)
MPhil Land Economy (University of Cambridge)
B.A. (Hons.) International Business, Finance and Economics (University of Manchester)
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study ?
Current Issues in Economics
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Labour economics, economics of education, health economics, applied econometrics.
WAJ. Cook, K. Schmuecker (2013). Beyond Bricks and Mortar Boards: Universities' Role in Building Regional Economies. , Institute for Public Policy Research, London UK.
WAJ. Cook (2013). Vocational Education in English Schools: Protecting Options for pre-16 Pupils. , Institute for Public Policy Research, London UK.
K. Schmuecker, WAJ. Cook (2013). Making it Happen: The Contribution of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sectors to Local Economic Partnership Objectives. , Institute for Public Policy Research, London UK.
WAJ. Cook (2013). How Intake and Other External Factors Affect School Performance. , RISE Trust, London UK.
R. Platt, WAJ. Cook (2012). Green Streets, Strong Communities. , Institute for Public Policy Research, London UK.
J. Clifton, WAJ. Cook (2012). A Long Division: Closing the Attainment Gap in England's Secondary Schools. , Institute for Public Policy Research, London UK.
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A)
Interntional Journal of Research and Method in Education
2018 Nuffield Foundation 'Understanding the influences on the academic trajectory of disadvantaged pupils in early secondary education' (Principal Investigator)
2018 Newton Fund, Data Analytics for Future Cities Research, Workshop at the University of Da Nang, Vietnam.
2015 British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grants 'Assessing whether individual feedback results in improved health outcomes, with a focus on BMI feedback' (Principal Investigator)