Professor Mike Campbell
Mike is an international, national and local labour market expert with extensive experience of skills, labour market and cities issues, in both research and policy. He is a researcher, consultant, speaker and author. Until 2011 he was Director of Research and Policy at the United Kingdom Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), advising Government on Skills and Employment Policy. From 1989 to 2002 he was Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Leeds Metropolitan University and Director of the Policy Research Institute, which he founded. He holds degrees from Sheffield, Lancaster and Leeds Universities
He has Board level experience of working with business leaders and the skills ‘industry’, as well as national and local government. He was the advisor to the UK Leitch Review of Skills; a member of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC); a member of the OECDs Skills Strategy Advisory Group; and a member of the European Commission Expert Group on ‘New Skills for New Jobs’ where he drafted the final report.
He has undertaken assignments, and spoken at many international events, for UNESCO, the ILO, the OECD, the European Commission, the IDB , the World Bank and the Commonwealth. He has undertaken assignments in a range of countries, as well as in the United Kingdom, including: South Africa, Sri Lanka, Australia, Japan (where he was British Council Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Visiting Professor of Economics at Hiroshima University) and several European countries including Austria and Finland.
He has written many reports, articles and several books on Skills and Labour Market issues, including ‘Learn to Succeed: The Case for a Skills Revolution’ (Policy Press), ‘Skills and Economic Performance’ (Caspian); Local Economic Policy ( Cassell )and ‘Local Labour Markets: Problems and Policies’ (Longman). He also designed, developed and co-wrote the influential ‘Ambition 2020: World Class Skills and Jobs’ and ‘Skills for Jobs: Today and Tomorrow’ reports for the UKCES. His academic articles are mainly on tackling local unemployment. He also helped develop UKCES’ biannual National Employer Skills Survey, the largest of it’s kind in the world, as well as their Working Futures skills anticipation programme.
He is now working on a variety of employment, skills and cities projects in the UK and internationally including: The development an effective Skills Planning Mechanism with the South Africa Government Department of Higher Education and Training; Skills Anticipation work for staff at the Inter American Development Bank; Work at the ILO Skills Academy where he runs the Skills Policy co-ordination course; Technical and Vocational Education strategy for UNESCO; Programme Advisor on the Growth, Cities and Poverty programme for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; UK skill needs for the Government Office for Sciece; as well as Sector Intelligence and Research with the UK sector skills council for the creative industries.
He is also co-author of the European Union Urbact reports ‘More Jobs, Better Cities’ (2013) and ‘Job Generation for a Jobless Generation’ (2015). He was a member of the Leeds City Region Employment and Skills Board from it's inception to 2017, is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Employment Studies and Visiting Professor at Durham Business School.
He was awarded the OBE for services to economic development in 2004.