Dr Barbara Roberts

Lecturer in Economics

Doctor Barbara Roberts

Office: AC201, Astley Clarke Building

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2906

Email: bbr@le.ac.uk




Office hours: Fridays, 1:30pm - 3:30pm (term time only, otherwise by appointment)

Administrative responsibilities

  • Director of Academic Progress
  • Joint Degrees Tutor
  • Member of the Undergraduate Learning and Teaching Committee


  • ‘Privatisations around the world: economic or political determinants?’, Economics and Politics, 2012, Vol. 24, pp. 47-71 (with M. Saeed)
  • 'Source country characteristics and the inflow of foreign direct investment into Saudi Arabia', The World Economy, 2009, Vol. 32, pp. 1730-1746, (with A. Almahmood)
  • 'Privatisation in Poland: What was the government trying to achieve?', Economics of Transition, 2009, Vol. 17, pp. 531-557 (with G. De Fraja)
  • 'Firm turnover, restructuring and labour productivity in transition', Applied Economics, 2009, Vol. 41, pp. 1127-1136 (with S. Thompson)
  • ‘Privatisation, foreign acquisition and the motives for FDI in Eastern Europe’, Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), 2008, Vol. 144, pp. 408-427, (with S. Thompson and K. Mikolajczyk)
  • Full listing of publications


  • Foreign direct investment
  • Privatisation
  • Transition in Eastern Europe

Research papers can be downloaded via RePEc.

You must apply formally to our Economics PhD programme before we allocate you a supervisor as part of the review process. You do not need to contact our staff separately.


Foreign Direct Investment

This is a very broad topic allowing for a single country, a cross-country or a cross-industry analysis. There is a range of aspects to examine, such as determinants of FDI, motives for FDI or the effect of FDI on growth.

Globalisation and Firm-level Adjustment

Globalisation affects the behaviour of firms in many ways. There is a range of aspects to examine such as the disciplining effect of foreign competition, exporting decisions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Privatisation and Performance

An ongoing debate on the economic and political merits of private versus state ownership motivates further empirical research in this area. There is a range of aspects to examine such as the choice of firms for privatisation, domestic and foreign acquisitions and efficiency effects of ownership change.

PhD supervision

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