Portrait of Dr William Collier

Dr William Collier

Reader in Economics (Education and Scholarship)
Strategic Lead (Medway Campus)


William Collier completed both his MA and PhD at the University of Kent and joined the School as a Lecturer in 2002. He was previously Research Fellow at the Centre for European, Regional and Transport Economics (CERTE).

He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate of the Economics Network.

Research interests

William’s main research interests include work on unemployment, inter-industry wages, and employer-provided training and business performance. Other work includes economic analyses of migration, congestion pricing, betting markets and the economics of education.

William's RePEc page is http://econpapers.repec.org/RAS/pco148.htm


Past students

  • Dr God'stime Eigbiremolen, 'Essays on Economics of Education and Health Economics', completed 2020
  • Dr Daniel Roland: 'Essays on the Economics of Education and Health', completed 2018
  • Dr Alessandro Cusimano: 'The effectiveness of local development programs in Southern Italy. A global counterfactual analysis', completed 2017
  • Dr Mahreen Mahmud: 'Small Scale Finance and Behaviour of Recipients', completed 2015
  • Dr Teresa Randazzo: 'Essays on Different Forms of Migration', completed 2014
  • Dr Eirini Saloniki: 'Disability, Discrimination and Misreporting', completed 2014
  • Dr Paprakorn Winaisathaporn: 'Economic Analysis of Traffic Congestion', completed 2013
  • Dr Javier Valbuena: 'Empirical Essays on the Economics of Education', completed 2013
  • Dr Cyrus Farsian: 'Essays on the Cyclicality of Real Wages', completed 2012
  • Dr Stephen Allan: 'The labour supply and retirement of older workers', completed 2008


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate of The Economics Network

Administrative roles


  • Member of Student Experience Board (SEB)
  • Member of Information Services Board (ISB)
  • Member of Student Recruitment Board (SRB)
  • Member of Academic Standards and Quality Assurance Committee (ASQC)
  • Member of Assessment and Feedback Steering Group (AFSG)
  • Member of E-learning Strategy Group (ELSG)
  • Senior Academic Representative for KentVision Strategy Group (KVSG)


  • Deputy Dean (Education and Student Experience)
    - Associate Dean (Education)
    - Faculty Director of Admissions, Employability and Student Experience
  • Chair of Faculty Education Committee
  • Chair of Faculty Recruitment and Outreach Committee
  • Chair of Faculty Student Experience and Employability Committee
  • Member of Dean’s Advisory Group
  • Member of Faculty Management Group
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