Professor Sir David Greenaway is the sixth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham and Professor of Economics.

From 2004 to 2008 he was a University Pro-Vice-Chancellor, having previously held this position between 1994 and 2001. He was also Dean of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences between 1991 and 1994.


Current and recent public duties

Sir David's current public duties include the following:

  • Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire
  • Member of the UK Government’s Asia Task Force
  • Member of the National Centre for Universities and Business Leadership Council
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of CASE Europe

He provides advice to a range of Government Departments, which has included a report on Uninsured Driving in the UK for the previous Labour government Secretary of State for Transport.

Sir David received a knighthood for services to education in the 2014 Birthday Honours list

His previous appointments include:

  • Chair of the 'Shape of Training' a national review of the training and professional development of Doctors in the UK, coordinated by the General Medical Council
  • Chairman of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body from 2004 until 2010, and a Member since 1998, which advises the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Defence annually on the pay and conditions of the UK Armed Forces
  • Member of the Senior Salaries Review Body from 2004 until 2010, which advises the Prime Minister on the remuneration of the senior civil service, judiciary and senior military
  • Non-Executive Director of the Nottingham Health Authority
  • Non-Executive Director of the Nottingham University  Hospitals Trust
  • elected member of the Council and Executive of the Royal Economic Society
  • Appointed Member of Council of the Economic and Social Research Council
  • Chair of the Panel for Economics and Econometrics for part of the 2001 and 2008 RAEs and Vice-Chair for the 1996 RAE 
  • Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council at the Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Universitat Kiel
  • Advisor and Consultant to major international agencies, including The World Bank, OECD, WTO and United Nations

Teaching and Research

Sir David was the founding Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy and his research interests lie primarily in the fields of:

  • exporting and productivity
  • cross-border investment and international trade and economic development

Current projects include work on exports and productivity and spillovers from foreign direct investment (FDI).

Sir David is a key member of the Midlands Innovation team. Midlands Innovation is a partnership between Aston, Birmingham, Loughborough, Leicester, Nottingham, Warwick, Cranfield and Keele universities, combining their research, resources, skills and people to improve different sectors of the Midlands and beyond. Sir David is a member of the Midlands Innovation board which consists of the Vice-Chancellors from the Midlands Innovation universities, meeting regularly helping to achieve their vision.


He publishes widely in academic journals including:


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