Dr Will Bartlett is Senior Visiting Fellow at LSEE Research on South East Europe. He holds an MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge, an MA in Development Economics from the School for Oriental and African Studies, and a PhD from the University of Liverpool on the political economy of unemployment and migration in former Yugoslavia (1979). He has been Lecturer in Development Economics and Comparative Economic Systems at the Universities of Southampton, Bath, and Bristol, Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and Professor of Social Economics at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. He has been President of the International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP, 1998-2000) and President of the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES, 2006-08). He has worked as Senior Economic Advisor to the European Commission in Kosovo, and as a consultant to the European Training Foundation, UNDP, and the World Bank and other international organisations on various assignments in South East Europe. He is Honorary Professor at both the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the University of Bristol.
Will Bartlett's research interests are in the political economy of economic and social development in South East Europe. He has been Principal Investigator on several projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) including two projects on small firms in Southern and South Eastern Europe, health reforms in the UK and life-long learning in the EU. He has published widely in journals such as Journal of Development Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organisation, Small Business Economics, European Journal of Social Security, and the Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies. His current research covers the political economy of decentralisation and local economic development in South East Europe, health reforms in South East Europe, as well as quality of life and social protection focusing on Roma minorities throughout the region. In addition to the ESRC, his research has been funded by the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the European Commission. His books include, Croatia: between Europe and the Balkans, (Routledge 2003), and Europe's Troubled Region: Economic Development, Institutional Reform and Social Welfare in the Western Balkans (Routledge 2008).