Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor David Higgins

Prof of Accounting & Finance



Educational background: 

As an undergraduate I read economics and economic history at the University of Aberdeen and graduated with First Class Honours in 1987.  I then moved to St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, and was an awarded an M. Phil in economics in 1988, and received my PhD in 1991.  My doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Barry Supple CBE, FBA was 'Structure-Conduct-Performance: Lancashire Spinning Firms, c. 1945=-c. 1965'.

Employment history:

After  year working in the City as an investment analyst, I  returned to academia in 1991  as a Lecturer in economics  at the University of Sheffield (Senior lecturer in 2001).

In 2005 I was appointed to a 40th Anniversary Readership in economics and management  at the University of York, and was promoted to a Personal Chair in Business History and Managerial Economics in 2010.

Since 1 January, 2014,  I have been a Professor in the Accounting and Finance division, Newcastle University Business School.

Professional Activities:

Member of the Economic History Society (since 1993);

Council member  of the Economic History Society;

Formerly Secretary and Treasurer to the Association of Business Historians;

Elected fellow of the Royal historical Society in 2007;

I have refereed articles for: Australian Economic History Review;  British Journal of Management; Business History; Economic History Review; Enterprise & Society; European Economic History Review;  















My main areas of research are:  intellectual property, especially the evolution and protection of merchandise marks and trade marks;  corporate governance, with particular relevance to the 'staple industries', and general aspects of British business and economic history from the mid-nineteenth century.

 I am happy to supervise PhD students  in these areas as well as in the broad area of modern business and economic history.

Some of this research has been financed with grants from the ESRC; Leverhulme Trust; Nuffield foundation, and the Pasold Fund.  




Module leader for:

ACC 2002: Managerial Economics (second year course)

NBS 8301 (Managerial Economics and Organisational Architecture)


I also lecture on:

NBS 8005 (Corporate Strategy and Valuation)