Professor Kristinn Hermannsson
- Professor of Economics and Education (Educational Leadership & Policy)
St Andrew's Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow, G3 6nh
Kristinn joined the School of Education in October 2013. From the Westfjords of Iceland, he is a graduate of Reykjavik University (BSc), Maastricht University (MSc) and the University of Strathclyde (MSc with distinction, PhD). Prior to joining the University of Glasgow, he was a Research Associate with the Fraser of Allander Institute in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde. Prior to joining academia Kristinn was a policy analyst with the Icelandic National Audit Office.
I'm interested in understanding the role of education and skills for individual life outcomes and economic and social development.
My ongoing research examines inequality in access to education and inequality in labour market outcomes, in particular social-origin pay gaps. I'm also working on analysing spatial inequality in the development of tertiary education and the role of diverse skills in refugee migration and integration.
Previously I have published on estimating macroeconomic impacts of education, as encompassing market and non-market, public and private effects, using Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models to simulate the links between education and the wider economy, in both low and high income countries. Furthermore, I've worked extensively on using input-output approaches to analyse the demand impacts of education institutions and associated student populations. Applications include urban and rural settings as well interregional analysis.
I would be happy to consider research collaborations within any of the fields mentioned above. Please send me an e-mail if you wish to discuss. For a more detailed overview of my publications, including working papers, please see my REPEC profile: http://ideas.repec.org/f/phe250.html
- Link Community Development. " Research and dissemination for STEAR-2: ‘School Transformation Through Enriching Accountability and Resilience ". PI with Dr Barbara Read and Dr Oscar Odena (£3,635).
- Link Community Development. "Preliminary Scoping and Evidence Review of the STEAR Project". PI with Dr Barbara Read and Dr Oscar Odena (£3,635).
- Scottish Funding Council. "The effect of English-only instruction on skill formation and labour market readiness of young Malawians ". PI with Professor Melanie Simms and Dr Colin Reilly (£85,610).
- Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Grant: “Identifying policy implications of new survey evidence on Syrian refugees and host populations in the UK, Greece and Lebanon” (£2,500).
- Scottish Funding Council. "Inequality in Access to Education at Different Stages of Development". PI with Dr Barbara Read, Jeanette Findlay, Dr Hugh Lazenby and Dr Ben Colburn (£39,811).
- Economic and Social Research Council. "Building Futures. Aspirations of Syrian Youth Refugees and Host Population Responses in Lebanon, Greece and the UK" (ES/P005179/1). Co-I, with Dr Georgios Karyotis, Dr Ben Colburn, Dr Lesley Doyle and Gareth Mulvern (£252,264).
- British Council. "Future of Higher Education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan". With Dr Margery McMahon and Dr Oscar Valiente.
- Horizon 2020. "Policies Supporting Young Adults in their Life Course: A Comparative Perspective of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe" (ref 70594). Co-I with Dr Oscar Valiente, Professor Michele Schweisfurth, Kevin Lowden, Professor Chris Chapman and Dr Lesley Doyle (£275,552).
- Economic and Social Research Council Impact Grant: “Education and international development: Decision making based on economic models and the post-MDG agenda” (£6,900).
- Adam Smith Research Foundation, Seedcorn Funding: “The great recession and changes in the migration behaviour of university students: The socioeconomic distribution of personal impacts and life-prospects.”
- Icelandic International Development Agency, Scholarship: The Economic Impact of Higher Education in a Developing Country, £7,500.
I welcome inquiries and applications from potential research students who share any of my research interests. This would include, for example, topics relating to economic aspects of the education system and institutions, as well as quantitative analysis of the economic and social impacts of education. I am happy to supervise students working in the context of high as well as low income countries.
Current Research Students:
- Elizabeth Cole: The role of computational thinking in shaping children's school outcomes
- Muhammad Pelawi: Cost-sharing policy in higher education in Indonesia
- Jingjie Zhang: The migration aspirations of graduates in China
- Badi Shara F Aldossry: The effectiveness of iPad in enhancing instruction in Mathematics Teaching and Learning for Secondary School in Saudi Arabia
- Omran Alharbi: The role of E-learning in higher education in Saudi Arabia from the perspective of administrators, students and Faculty members
- Michael Valleley: Using Understanding Society as a microscope to examine the "class ceiling" in the UK labour market
- Elysha Ramage: Not going to University and social class: the labour market outcomes of qualified young people who don’t choose HE
- Amina Afif: Conditions that support a sustainable professional development data-literacy programme to favour effective data use in Luxembourgish schools
- Edward Conroy: Examining the effectiveness of student income support in the US for socioeconomic sub-populations
- Nnanna Oledibe: Education and development in Nigeria
- Aidos Myrzabek: The Impact of Short-Term External Academic Mobility and Exchange in Higher Education
Previous research students:
Yue Song: Children of migrant workers in urban high schools: An analysis of the dual role of education
- Ian Beach Determinants of staff retention in Omani higher education
- Amal Al-Qarshoubi Do inspection regimes impact student outcomes at further education colleges in Scotlan
- Omar Alshehri The benefits of using social media tools for learning
- Abotalib, Ahmad Mansoor M
Educational Policy towards teacher preparation in Saudi Arab
- Cole, Elizabeth
A comprehension-first approach to introductory programming in primary education
- Karaagacli, Bahar Cemre
Pathways of Development within a Region: Entrepreneurialism and Engagement in British and German Higher Education
- Myrzabek, Aidos
The Impact of PhD External Academic Mobility and Intellectual Emigrates on the Internationalisation of Higher Education: Implication, Challenges, and Suggestions.
- Oledibe, Nnanna
PUBLIC POLICY ON EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AND MIGRATION OF HIGHLY SKILLED, EFFECTS ON ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT: EVIDENCE FROM CROSS-SECTIONAL TIME SERIES ANALYSIS OF SELECTED COUNTRIES IN SUB SAHARA AFRICA
- Ramage, Elysha
Not going to university: Context based rationality with links to social class and rural location.
- Tang, Xuezhen
International students’ expectations and graduates' employability-----the perceptions of Chinese international students studying in the UK
- Vallely, Michael
Using Understanding Society as a microscope to examine the class ceiling in the UK labour market.
- Policy Enquiry and Decision Making EDUC5249 (course leader)
- Economics for Education and Public Policy EDUC5959 (course leader)
- Education in International Development EDUC5911
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2017: Moss Madden Memorial Medal for the best paper published by a member of the Regional Science Association International – British and Irish Section in 2016 (Regional Science Association International: British and Irish Section)
- 2012: First prize, OPEN DAYS Early Career Research Competition 2012 (DG Regio and the Regional Studies Association)
- 2011: Award for the best paper by an early career scholar at the 40th Annual Conference of the RAIBIS 2011 for the paper: Interregional Expenditure and Displacement Impacts of Students' Consumption Expenditures in Scotland. (Regional Science Association International: British and Irish Section)
Professional & learned societies
- 2013 - 2016: Secretary, Regional Science Association International: British and Irish Section
Selected international presentations
- 2018: Staff seminar University of Groningen, Faculty of Spatial Sciences (Netherlands)
- 2017: Staff seminar Research on Socioeconomic Policy (RESEP), University of Stellenbosch, (South Africa)
- 2017: Keynote lecture, University Centre of the Westfjords (Iceland)
Kristinn has carried out commissioned research for Link Community Development, the British Council, the Tripartite Group on Higher Education in Scotland, Glasgow Economic Commission and the David Hume Institute. He was awarded for the best paper published in Regional Studies Regional Science in 2019 and the Moss Madden Medal in 2017 for the best paper published by a member of the Regional Science Association International British and Irish Section in the previous year. He was awarded the first price in the OPEN DAYS Early Career Research Competition (2012), organised by the Regional Studies Association and the European Union‘s Committee of the Regions and he was awarded the prize for the best paper by an early career scholar at the 40th Annual Conference of the Regional Science Association International British and Irish Section in 2011. Kristinn was the secretary of the British and Irish section of the Regional Science Association International from 2013 to 2016.