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All Souls College, Oxford

John Vickers

Sir John Vickers has been Warden of All Souls College since October 2008.  He studied PPE at Oxford University, where he taught economics and was Drummond Professor of Political Economy from 1991 to 2008. He was Chief Economist at the Bank of England and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee 1998-2000; Director General/Chairman of the Office of Fair Trading 2000-05; President of the Royal Economic Society 2007-10; Chair of the Independent Commission on Banking 2010-11; and President of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (2018-2020).

University of Kent

Sarah Vickerstaff

Sarah Vickerstaff, Professor of Work and Employment in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent. Sarah is an internationally recognised sociologist and researcher into paid work in later life. In the last 20 years her research on older workers and retirement has been funded by research councils, charities and the UK Government. She is Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).


Anna Vignoles

Anna Vignoles is a Professor of Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. Anna undertakes research into how we can improve students’ academic achievement and help them develop the skills they need in the labour market. She has a particular interest in researching the inequalities we see in access to education (globally) and, in the UK context, the lower levels of educational success of children from poorer families. She also studies the economic and social outcomes from education.

Centre for Economic Performance and University of Warwick

Carmen Villa-Llera

Carmen is a PhD student in Economics at the University of Warwick, where she specialises in applied microeconomic research. Since 2017 she works at the Centre for Economic performance researching various crime and urban economics topics. Her recent research has focused on gang violence and drug markets.

University of Southampton and IZA

Michael Vlassopoulos

Michael Vlassopoulos is professor of Economics at the University of Southampton and a research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany.

Michael is an applied microeconomist with interests that span a number of areas including labour, education, health, and development economics. Recent research focuses on topics such as racial and ethnic discrimination, mental health, social and educational integration of refugees, network and spillover effects in education.

Ulrich Volz