About


G.M.P. (Peter) Swann recently retired as Professor of Industrial Economics at Nottingham University Business School, and now holds the honorary post of Emeritus Professor at the University of Nottingham.

Prior to retirement, he held these posts (most recent first):
  • Professor of Industrial Economics, Nottingham University Business School
  • Professor of Economics and Management of Innovation, Manchester Business School and University of Manchester
  • Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor of Economics, London Business School
  • Lecturer, and then Reader in Economics, Brunel University

Peter was born in Edinburgh (Scotland) and studied at St Andrews University, the University of Bristol and London School of Economics.

He is the author of eight books (including two edited books).  He has published articles in the following journals: Economic Journal, International Journal of Industrial Organisation, Research Policy, Journal of Industrial Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, Atti dei Convengno Lincei, Accounting and Business Research, Small Business Economics, Information Economics and Policy, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Applied Economics, International Journal of Applied Economics, Revue Internationale de Systemique, International Journal of the Economics of Business, Business Strategy Review, Economic Outlook, and others.  He has also published many chapters in edited books.

Some of his best writing has been for a general (non-academic) audience.  In 2001, he shared the first Rybczynski Memorial Prize for Economics Writing, awarded by Society of Business Economists and KPMG, for his essay: "Will the Internet lead to perfect competition?"  Likewise, some of his best work has appeared in reports written for government departments (and other agencies such as OECD).  This includes reports on the Economics of Measurement, The Economics of Standards, and the Economic Rationale for a National Design Policy.

For details of this work, please follow the links on the left hand side of this page.

Peter has taught a wide variety of subjects at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level, including:  Industrial, Managerial and Micro Economics;  Econometrics and Statistics;  Economics of Innovation; Economics of Organisation;  Management of Design;  Industrial and Technology Policy.  He had considerable success as a teacher, winning the first A.T. Kearney Award for Teaching Excellence at Manchester Business School in 2001, and a "Commendation" in the Economics Learning and Teaching Support Network Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2001.

During his career, Peter held several advisory positions, including:
  • Adviser to House of Lords Committee on Science and Technology
  • Adviser to DTI for review of the National Measurement System
  • Member, Academic Panel for HMT/DTI Innovation Review
  • Adviser to CBI Working Party on Clustering
  • Member, DTI Information Age Competitiveness Working Party
  • Member, Steering Group of DTI VR Forum
  • Member, Research Advisory Board, Design Council
  • Member of OFCOM Spectrum Advisory Board
He was also Director of Innovative Economics Limited.

He was a
warded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, June 2005.