Dr Will Bartlett is LSEE Deputy Director. He holds the position of Professor and Editor-in-Chief of the refereed journal Economic Annals at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade. He has a BA (Hons.) and MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Development Economics from the School for Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and a PhD from the University of Liverpool on the economics of institutional change, 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, and Professor of Social Economics at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol. From 1983-1986 he was a Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He has acted as 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 been engaged as Senior Economic Advisor to the European Commission in Kosovo, and as a consultant to the British Council, the European Training Foundation, UNDP, UNICEF, and other international organisations on various assignments in South East Europe.
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 entrepreneurship and small firms in Southern and South Eastern Europe. He has published articles in journals such as Journal of Development Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organisation, Small Business Economics, European Journal of Social Security, the Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, and the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. His current research covers the political economy of state capture in South East Europe, and the economics of international assistance to the Western Balkans. 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).