Professor Sir David Greenaway


Brian Williamson

Professor Sir David Greenaway served the University of Nottingham for over 30 years. He was appointed Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham in 1987. He was twice appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor, and in 2008 he was appointed Vice-Chancellor, a role he held for almost a decade.

Originally from Glasgow, Sir David’s public service commitments are extensive. He has been Chairman of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (2004-10), which advises the Prime Minister and Secretary of State on the pay and conditions of the UK’s Armed Forces; and a Member of the Senior Salaries Review Body (2004-2010). He has held non-executive positions in the National Health Service, and provided advice to a range of government departments, including an influential report on uninsured driving for the Secretary of State for Transport in 2006.

In 2013, Sir David completed ‘The Shape of Training’, a comprehensive independent review of the way doctors are trained in the four countries of the UK, to ensure they are equipped to meet the changing needs of patients, society and health services.

His service to the professional community includes appointments to three Research Assessment Panels (1996, 2001 and 2008), twice as Chair; appointment to the Council of ESRC (1998-2002); and membership of the Council and Executive of the Royal Economic Society. Sir David’s expertise lies in International Economics. He has published over 150 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals since 1980 and authored, co-authored or edited 41 books. He is a former Associate Editor of the Economic Journal and current Joint Managing Editor of The World Economy. He has acted as an Economic Advisor and Consultant to key international agencies, including the World Bank, OECD, WTO and United Nations; and to many governments in developing countries.

He is currently a Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, an Honorary Freeman of the City of Nottingham, and an Honorary Citizen of the City of Ningbo, China. He was knighted in 2014 for services to higher education and public policy.

Join our platform GCU Connect and stay connected with your university and your fellow alumni.


Join us in 2019 and take advantage of our new Loyalty Scholarships for graduates of GCU.


Students from around the world come to GCU to gain postgraduate, masters and PhD status