Professor Sir David Greenaway took up office as the sixth Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham in  2008. 

Sir David was appointed to the University as a Professor of Economics in 1987 and was previously a Dean, a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and founding Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy. He was a Member of the Government's Asia Task Force 2004-2014, and a member of its Higher Education Task Force. 

Sir David is the Chair of the Russell Group of Universites, and CASE Europe.  He is a Board Member of Midlands Innovation, a partnership between Aston, Birmingham, Loughborough, Leicester, Nottingham and Warwick universities, combining their research, resources and skills.  He is a  member of the National Centre for Universities and Business Leadership Council and also a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. 

In 2012, Sir David was made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Ningbo in China and Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University. In 2013, Sir David completed 'Shape of Training', a national review of the training and professional development of Doctors in the UK, coordinated by the General Medical Council. The full report can be found at

Sir David received a knighthood for services to higher education in Her Majesty the  Queen's Birthday Honours list 2014.

Previous roles

Sir David's previous public service roles include:

  • Chairman and Member of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (1998-2010)
  • Member of the Senior Salaries Review Body (2004-2010)
  • Advisor to the Department for Transport on uninsured driving (2003-2004)
  • Chair of the Economics and Econometrics Panel for the UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2001 and 2008 and Vice-Chair for the 1996 RAE
  • Member of the Council of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (1998-2002)
  • Non-Executive Director of the Nottingham Health Authority 
  • Non-Executive Director of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust
  • Consultant to the World Bank, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the European Commission, the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and HM Treasury

He is Editor of The World Economy and his research is published in the Journal of International Economics , Journal of Development Economics, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Economic Inquiry, Economics Letters, Review of International Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, and World Development.

Final Graduations

Graduations are always special occasions, very meaningful manifestations of why our University exists. This summer’s ceremonies have been extra meaningful as they were my last at Nottingham. For me they began at the start of July, at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) with four ceremonies over a weekend. This was the first occasion ...

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This year we celebrate 25 years since the opening of Lakeside, which now attracts almost 200,000 visitors each year to its programme not including another 150,000 who frequent the two cafes on site. Where did it all begin? In 1924 Britain’s largest outdoor swimming pool opened, on what is now University Park. It was 330 ...

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VC Statements to Council

 The VC's Statements to Council can be found here.


Presentations, lectures and speeches 

Upcoming events

Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP) Conference, Malaysia (Feb 2017)

UNMC Graduation, Malaysia (Feb 2017)

Nottingham Life Cycles

In 2011, the Vice-Chancellor cycled 1,030 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End. He and his team raised £232,000 for research on palliative and end of life care.

In 2012, he cycled 1,087 miles from Cape Wrath to Dover to raise funds to help improve access to further and higher education for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, raising £258,000. 

In 2013, he cycled 1,108 miles covering the capital cities of the UK and Republic of Ireland and raised £270,000 for Stroke Rehabilitation Research. 

Read more about previous Life Cycle challenges here.

In 2014 for Lifecycle 4, he cycled almost 1,400 miles around the four corners of Great Britain, and he and his team raised £786,000 for the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre. 

In 2015 for Lifecycle 5, the team undertook a series of challenges over six months, the 'Way of the Roses' from one side of England to the other, and 'Lochs and Glens' from Inverness to Glasgow.  £326,000 has been raised so far for dementia research. 

In 2016 for Lifecycle 6, he and a team of 12 cycled 1,400 miles taking in the four compass points of mainland Britain in a challenge which has raised £540,000 so far, in suport of breast cancer research. 

Teaching and research interests

The Vice-Chancellor continues to lecture on a Year One ‘Current Economic Issues’ undergraduate module in The School of Economics.

His recent publications include:

'Domestic Multinationals, Foreign Affiliates and Labour Demand Elasticities.' Review of World Economics, Vol.149, 2013, pp.611-630. (with O.Godart and H.Gorg)

'The More the Better? Foreign Ownership and Corporate Performance in China'. European Journal of Finance, Vol. 20, 2014, pp. 681-702 (with A. Guariglia and Z. Yu).

'Trade Liberalization, Economic Crises and Growth'. World Development, Vol. 40, 2012, pp. 2177-2193 (with R. Falvey and N. Foster).

'Palgrave Handbook of International Trade'. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 711(Co-Editor with D. Bernhofen, R. Falvey and U. Kreikemeier).

'Rigid Labour Markets with Trade and Capital Mobility'. Canadian Journal of Economics, Vol. 44, 2011, pp. 509-540 (with P. Egger and T. Seidel).

'Trade Liberalisation and Human Capital Adjustment'. Journal of International Economics, Vol. 81, 2010, pp. 230-239 (with R. Falvey and J. Silva).



Professor Sir David Greenaway



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