Prof. Steve Bradley

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University


Professor Bradley was the former Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) prior to becoming Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor in January 2019, Interim Vice-Chancellor in October 2019 and reprising the role of Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor in May 2020. He was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in October 2020. Steve Bradley is a Professor of Economics. He was educated at Leeds Polytechnic and Lancaster University from which he holds masters and doctorate degrees. Prior to his entry to academia, Steve spent ten years working in Local Government as a member of the Education Department of Lancashire County Council.

His research interests fall into two areas – Education Economics and Labour Economics. He has published widely on issues related to the operation and impact of introducing a quasi-market in the secondary education sector, and the econometric analysis of educational policy. Published work in the field of Labour Economics includes the employer selection and recruitment, tests of theories of labour market matching, the effect of employment protection on worker effort.

Professor Bradley’s current research interests focus on the determinants of youth unemployment and economic inactivity for Britain, Italy and Spain, the effect of undergraduate tuition fees on the demand for postgraduate study in the UK, and the effect of corruption on the performance of small and medium sized firms in less developed economies.