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Elephants and economics, ice hockey and culture.

Alan Collins

Head of Department and Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Nottingham Business School

NTU creates the space, freedom and possibilities to make things happen quickly and at scale.

AMONG OTHER THINGS, I LIKE ELEPHANTS, ICE HOCKEY, ECONOMICS, CULTURE AND THE ARTS. 

I think that’s because I like exploring connections, areas where people and ideas collide and blend to prompt unusual questions and explore different answers. I like being in that serendipitous mix where curiosities are sparked and people work together to create new and exciting possibilities. 


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FORTUNATELY, I WORK IN A UNIVERSITY THAT ENCOURAGES ME TO DO EXACTLY THAT.

To take risks, explore and make connections. To explore the cultural, economic, environmental and social challenges facing us today. NTU creates the space, freedom and possibilities to make things happen quickly and at scale.

IT IS THIS FREEDOM TO EXPLORE...

...mixed with moments of serendipity, that helped me become the President of the Association of Cultural Economics International, which is the foremost global professional association for scholars and researchers in the economics of the arts and cultural industries.

It’s these moments of connection and my passion for elephants and rhinos, that led me to look at the interplay of endangered species and craft product markets. This work not only produced excellent research results but, by sharing what we have learnt with public authorities, we can have a direct impact on the illegal trade of ivory and, consequently, the conservation of wildlife.

My name is Alan Collins

I am Head of Department and Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Nottingham Business School

My name is Alan Collins

Alan qualified as an economics teacher in secondary education. After a spell working in that role, he went on to undertake postgraduate training in transport engineering and planning. He was then employed by engineering consultants engaged in the economic and environmental assessment of road infrastructure schemes. He subsequently moved on to Strathclyde University to take up a Research Fellowship in the Economics of the Greenhouse Effect (now termed Climate Change). Alan then took up a Lectureship in Economics in what is now the University of Portsmouth and progressed to Professor and Head of Department.

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