Dr Peter MacDonald

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Economics

Research Supervision:Yes

Peter is responsible for the BSc Business Economics degree programme and teaches various economics modules. He researches public economics and the organisation of the public sector.



Prior to joining the Faculty of Business and Law, Peter worked at the Manchester Business School on a project investigating the development of public private partnerships in transport throughout the European Union. He then completed a PhD on the economics of military outsourcing at the University of York.

Research interests

  • Public economics
  • Defence economics
  • Labour economics
  • Industrial organisation

Peter's primary interests are the boundaries between public and private provision of public services and comparisons between public, private and hybrid delivery of public services. He is also interested in labour economics, industrial organisation, public procurement and the economics of defence.

Areas of research supervision

  • Anh Tuan Vu, The effects of globalisation on inequality, second supervisor
  • Onur Demir, Natural Gas Market Reform in Turkey, second supervisor


  • Economics for Managers
  • Business Economics
  • EU Economy
  • The Economics of Global Trade


  • PhD in Economics, University of York
  • MSc Economics, University of York
  • BA Economics, University of Liverpool

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow
  • Royal Economics Society, member

Selected recent publications

Hartley, K., and MacDonald, P., (2010). Country Survey XXI: United Kingdom. Defence and Peace Economics, 21(1).