Professor Robert McMaster

  • Professor of Political Economy (Management)


Lecturer and senior lecturer in Economics at the University of Aberdeen for fourteen years until commencing current post at the University of Glasgow in January 2007.  Visiting scholar at University of Missouri at Kansas City and Marquette University, Milwaukee.

Research interests

Areas of expertise:

  • Institutional Economics
  • Social Economics 
  • Governance of Public Services 
  • Provision of Health Care 
  • Methodology of Social Sciences


Adam Smith Research Foundation, University of Glasgow, 2012, £2K

Scottish Institute for Research in Economics, 2012, £3K

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, 2011, £2K

Center for Global and Economic Affairs, Marquette University, 2010, $1K

Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2010, £6K

Department of Communities and Local Government, 2010, £24K

John Robertson Bequest, University of Glasgow, 2010, £2K


Current PhD students

David Clear
Thesis title: Using the metaphor of a fitness landscape from systems biology as a Risk Management framework.
Co-supervisor: Prof. Denis Smith

Asif Khan
Thesis title: Building entrepreneurial innovative competitive advantage through development of human capital and integrated learning with NGO and government alliance partners towards sustainable development.
Co-supervisor: Prof. Robert MacIntosh

Renard Mapemba

Co-supervisor: Prof. Iain Docherty



Courses taught: Advances in Management Theory and Practice (MRes); Ethics and Business (UG hons); Development and Methodology of Economic Thought (MSc); Global Economy (MBA); Health Economics (MSc); History of Economic Thought (UG hons); Managing in the Public Sector (UG hons); Marketing (UG Level 1); Research Methods (MBA)

Additional information

Research projects

Reform in health care provision; theoretical approaches in health and economics; conceptions of institutional durability and vulnerability; methodological problems in neuro-economics; the instrumental valuation principle and governance.

Recent professional involvement

Co-editor – Review of Social Economy