Who I am
I am the only employee so there is no question of your project being passed on to someone else. When you first contact me, we will need to discuss your requirements and if this fits within my skill set.
My first degree is in Economics with a specialism in Econometrics. My Masters and PhD are both in the field of decision making within organisations with a particular interest in information usage and how individuals negotiate when they have different opinions.
More recently most of my work has been concerned with one or more facets of the impact of social exclusion and poverty on society.
A list of my recent publications can be found here.
In addition I have had a number of articles published in academic journals, these include:
Cook, R. (2001) “Have things got this much better? An Analysis of Subject Review Scores 1998-2000”, Higher Education Review,33:3, 3-11;
Cook, R. (2002) “What Factors Influence the Acceptance of Decision Aids in Organisations?”, Journal of Information Science, 28:6 , 505 - 512;
Cook, R. (2003) “Was that it? An analysis of the Subject Review system from October 2000 to June 2002", Higher Education Review,
35:3 , 42 -56;
Cook, R., Butcher, I, and Raeside, R. (2006) “Recounting the Scores: An analysis of the QAA Subject Review Grades 1995 – 2001” , Quality in Higher Education, 12:2, pp 135-144;.
Cook, R., and Underwood, S. (2002) “Making the translation from Subject to Academic Review: does 6*4 = 4*C (or c+3e)?”, Higher Education Review, 34:2, 71 - 82;
Cropper, P., and Cook, R. (2000) “ABC in Universities: 5 years on”, Public Money and Management, 20:2 , 61-68.
You can see an interview I did for the Canadian TV Show 'Real News' about youth unemployment in 2013 here.
On 30 November 2016, I gave evidence at the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee on employment trends in Scotland. You can watch the recording here (my section starts at 15.10)
I live in Scotland and much of my current research work is concerned with issues such as governance and economic development in Scotland.
In addition I am a keen cyclist, climber and skier and indulge all these passions both in and around Glasgow and in the Scottish Highlands.
Before opting to work for myself I worked in a variety of UK universities mostly in roles connected with data analysis, policy development and organisational planning: