Staff profile: Martin Holmes


 Martin Holmes
Role Senior Lecturer in Economics, Department of Finance, Accounting, Systems and Economics
Contact  Direct line:01902 323919



Prior to joining Wolverhampton Polytechnic, as it then was, I had spent two years working as a Research Assistant in the Local Economy Research Group at Portsmouth Polytechnic. On arrival at Wolverhampton, my main areas of teaching were: microeconomics, the economics of innovation and regional economics. At the same time I took on the role of Year Tutor for the First year on the Economics degree, which consisted of over 80 students. Over my career at Wolverhampton these two main activities, teaching and course leadership, have been the dominant themes, with the later addition of a role in quality assurance/enhancement. The focus of my current teaching is: introductory economics, managerial economics and organisational theory. I am currently course leader for the Integrated Joints within UWBS and also have responsibility for exchange students.

Academic qualifications
  • MA Regional Planning, CNAA, Coventry Polytechnic
  • BA (Hons) Economics, University of Lancaster

Teaching interests

  • Organisational/ Managerial Economics
  • Industrial Economics
Research interests

In the past my research interests were focussed on the role of high technology industries in the process of regional development in the UK, with a particular emphasis on the distribution of employment. My interest in the area of regional economic development has since continued at a more general level. I have also been involved in research into the use of computers as part of the delivery of material in modules on economic theory. More recently, I have developed an interest in the application of evolutionary theories to the process of organisational change, with a particular emphasis on organisational ecology.

External academic roles Member, Urban and Regional Economics Study Group
Selected publications


“Economic Profile of Shropshire" With L. Worrall. Report for Shropshire TEC, June 1995

Review of "Labour Markets in an Ageing Europe" by Johnson, P. and Zimmermann, K. (eds.) in Regional Studies, 1994, Vol. 28, No. 1, Page 100/1

Review of "New Explorations in the Economics of Technological Change" by Freeman, C. and Soete, L. (eds.) in Regional Studies, 1992, Vol. 26, No. 1, Page 116/7

"Analysis of the Performance and Management Techniques of other fast growth towns in labour-scarce conditions." Report for Prism Research Ltd, Telford, 1989

"Employment in High Technology Industries in Britain, 1981-1984: the Regional Dimension." Discussion Paper 12, School of Economics, Portsmouth Polytechnic, 1988

"Local Unemployment - the case of Portsmouth" Portsmouth Local Economy Bulletin, No. 4, 1987

“South Warwickshire Prospect. Final Report on the Question of Need." with P. Roberts and K. Carter. Report for consortium of Local Authorities, 1986


"High Technology Employment in Britain, 1981-1991: the regional perspective.”Staff Seminar, Economics Division, WBS, University of Wolverhampton, July 1995

"Going, Going, Gone! - A Walrasian Auctioneer on a Spreadsheet" Computers Applications in the Social Sciences and Business 1993 Conference, University of Portsmouth

"Interactive use of Paraffin: a software package relating to Oligopolistic behaviour - some further considerations" with S. Grady, Staff Seminar, Economics Division, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 1989

"Interactive use of Paraffin: a software package relating to Oligopolistic behaviour" with S. Grady, Association of Polytechnic Teachers of Economics Conference, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 1989

"Employment in High Technology Industries in Britain, 1981-1984: the Regional Dimension" Staff Seminar, School of Economics, Portsmouth Polytechnic, 1988

Workshop on the Portsmouth Local Economy Model, Economics Association Conference, Portsmouth Polytechnic, 1987