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Dr Wayne Thomas

Senior Lecturer, Economics

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Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker
Office 217 - 217
Second Floor
School of Management
Bay Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Thomas studied at North Staffordshire Polytechnic, Queen Mary College, University of London, University of British Columbia and University of Bristol. He achieved his PhD in economics from the University of Bristol in 1996 on the role of information and uncertainty in pupil decisions and won the Lionel Robbins fellowship in education. He has taught at the University of Bristol, University of British Columbia, and University of the West of England before joining Swansea University in 2019. In addition, Dr Thomas was employed at the Institute for Employment Research from 1988-1990.

Dr Thomas’ research interests are predominantly driven by his own experiences as a pupil and then student and centre on the role played by inequality of access to information and peer group effects in educational decision making. In addition to this Dr Thomas has recently become interested in the economics of happiness.

In addition to his academic work, Dr Thomas also was chef/owner of a successful vegetarian restaurant from 2007 until 2017.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Economics of education and student choice
  • Economics of happiness

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Currently teaching Microeconomics and Statistics for first year students, and Micro-econometrics and International Economics for third year students.

In the past Dr Thomas has taught econometrics at undergraduate and post-graduate level, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics at undergraduate and post-graduate level as well as Development economics at final year and Mathematical economics at first and second year level.

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