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Ben Gardiner


BSc (Bath), MA (UBC), MBA (Open)


He obtained an Upper Second BSc (hons) in Economics with Econometrics in 1991 from the University of Bath having spent the previous year at Cambridge Econometrics as a placement student. He then obtained an MA in Economics (1st Class) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. At Bath he specialised in econometrics and macro-econometric modelling and at UBC in measurement economics (index number and productivity analysis). He subsequently completed an MBA with the Open University in May 2000, covering areas such as financial strategy, international enterprise, and creative management. He is currently studying for a part-time PhD in Geography at Cambridge University (under the supervision of Prof Ron Martin) with the thesis title 'Recession, Resilience and Recovery across Europe's Regions'.

He rejoined CE in 1992 to work on the construction of E3ME, an Energy-Environment- Economy Model for Europe funded under the European Commission's Joule research programme. Subsequently, as Manager of European Projects, he became responsible for managing projects involving applications of the E3ME model. These have included studies for a range of Directorates, including a succession of projects for DG Research and Development to both widen (new EU member states) and deepen (developing new methodologies) the E3ME model.

He became a director of CE in October 2002. As part of this role he helps to oversee the development of CE's key capabilities in European sectoral and regional analysis, including project work and service reports in both areas. He has managed and coordinated many high profile projects for the European Commission, including two recent studies on regional competitiveness work, one for DG Enterprise (Competitiveness Report) and supporting research for DG Regio (the Third Cohesion Report). Currently, he is responsible for directing CE's involvement in a four-year framework contract for DG Enterprise looking at Sector competitiveness, he is deputy director of a four-year project forecasting skills supply and demand for CEDEFOP, the vocational training arm of the EC, and for overall co-ordination of a four-year DG Regio project investigating the factors driving European regional growth. He also acts as a reviewer for the Regional Studies journal and for European Commission framework projects. Other responsibilities include the management of CE's econometrics training portfolio - including time series, microeconometrics, and panel data courses run using Microfit, STATA and EViews.

During March 2010 - March 2012 he was on leave of absence with the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville, working as a senior scientist within the Knowledge for Growth (KfG) Unit on a new system of regional modelling of Cohesion Funds (see REMO for more details).

Since finishing work for the IPTS he has been employed as a Research Associate in the Department of Geography at Cambridge University, working on an ESRC-funded project on resilience of the UK regions, within the Department's Centre for Geographical Economic Research

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