Staff profile

Rob  Gowers

Dr Rob Gowers


Senior Lecturer in Business Management and Economics

Teaching business & management, leading on the growth and development of new provision aligned with WUC’s existing work in these areas. Working with course teams to identify enhancements in the ways WUC work with their wider business and industry networks in terms of CPD, consultancy and contract research.


After gaining his PhD in economics from the University of Essex, Rob worked for four years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, based in the City of London. His time there included work with their Strategic Risk Services group whom helped senior executives identify, understand, assess and manage the business risks they faced across their whole enterprise. His roles within this Group included direct consulting work on a wide range of client engagements, applying economic theory in solving strategic risk problems, constructing economic models in relation to the services on offer and developing academic partnerships.

Rob joined Writtle University College in 2018. In his previous academic role he was responsible for delivering and managing courses in economics and business management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and of the management of the relationships with partner institutions. This involved running induction programmes for staff and students and managing the assessment and moderation processes.

Research Interests

Macroeconomics, monetary economics, valuation and sport.

Teaching and Academic / Pedagogic Portfolio

At Anglia Ruskin University: Senior Lecturer in Economics, Head of the MBA Chelmsford and link tutor for Trinidad and Tobago, Botswana, Singapore and Malaysia. Responsible for delivering and managing courses in economics and business management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Management of the relationship with partner institutions.


Ph.D in Economics: A Study of the British Labour Market 1900 - 1920. The Economics Department at the University of Essex is recognised as being one of the leading economics departments in the country.

M.A. Economics: Distinction marks achieved in both dissertation and exams. I was awarded a scholarship from the European Social Fund to study for the M.A.

B.A. Economics: First class honours achieved.

Memberships, Editorial Boards
  • Member of the Scientific Board of the Central European Review of Economics and Finance
  • Board member of the Essex Education Fund Panel
  • Visiting lecturer at Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities, Radom, Poland
  • Visiting lecturer at Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) Heilbronn
  • Visiting lecturer at Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) Mosbach
  • Visiting lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Landshut
  • Visiting lecturer at University of Applied Sciences and Art, Basel.
  • Visiting lecturer at St Petersburg State Polytechnic University (2007-14)
  • External examiner De Montfort University, Leicester 2016 –
  • External examiner Harper Adams University 2018 -
  • External examiner at Royal Holloway University of London 2013 – 18
  • External examiner at Staffordshire University Business School 2011-15

Sector / Industry Activities

At PricewaterhouseCoopers:
beTRUSTed was PwC's trusted third party public key infrastructure offering. It was publicly launched in April 2000. I was responsible for identifying opportunities for beTRUSTed by highlighting current market requirements for their services and providing input into continually developing their strategy going forward in a rapidly changing business environment. I also provided a weekly communication to everyone in beTRUSTed globally on the current market environment, competitor activities and developments in the e-security market. I also worked on establishing strategic partnerships from an initial review of potential partners through to the signing of strategic alliance contracts. I wrote the weekly PwC Ciphertext, which reviewed developments in the online security environment.

Subject Areas

Business Management and Economics


Selected recent publications

European Monetary Union and the UK – A Love Hate Relationship.  Chapter in book, Monetary Unions: Backgrounds, Advantages and Disadvantages.  Nova Science Publications, 2018

Cultural Determinants and Perspectives of International Expansion of Enterprises from Economies in Transition (Case of Poland).  Gowers, R., Pajak, A., Klusa, E.  Central European Review of Economics and Finance, 2018 vol 25, No 3.

An Estimate of the Impacts of the Bank of England’s Quantitative Easing Programme on UK Economic Growth.  Bukowski, S., Gowers, R.  Central European Review of Economics and Finance, 2018 vol 25, No 3.

How Arsene Wenger changed the Premier League … and then dropped the ball.  Gowers, R. The Conversation, 2017.

The big business revolution: why the future is blockchain. Aminoff, J and Gowers, R. The Conversation, 2017.

Football’s summer transfer window showcases changing power dynamics.  Gowers, R.  The Conversation, 2017.