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Dr Dean Garratt is a senior teaching fellow at Aston Business School. Dean teaches economics at a variety of levels, including modules in macroeconomics and economics for non-specialists. He is passionate about encouraging students to communicate economics more intuitively, to deepen their interest in economics and to apply economics to a range of issues.

Dean is a co-author of 3 leading and influential undergraduate economics texts: Economics, Essentials of Economics and Economics for Business.

Dean is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate of the Economics Network which aims to promote high-quality teaching practice. He has been involved in several projects promoting a problem-based learning (PBL) approach in the teaching of economics.

In 2006, Dean was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Prize by the Economics Network. The award recognises exemplary teaching practice that deepens and inspires interest in economics. In 2013, he won the student-nominated Nottingham Business School teacher of the year award.

Dean is an academic assessor for the Government Economic Service (GES) helping to assess candidates at Economic Assessment Centres (EACs). In this role he assesses candidates looking to join the GES, the UK’s largest employer of professional economists.

Dean runs sessions on HM Treasury’s Graduate Development Programme (GDP). These cover principles in policy making, applying economics principles and ideas to analyse policy issues and contemporary developments in macroeconomics. 

Research Interests

Dean's primary research interests are in economics education and pedagogy, the economics of the residential property market, politico-economic models, and the impact of financialisaton on economic activity and volatility.

His pedagogical research interests, alongside textbook writing, include teaching economics to business students, overcoming the ‘dataphobia’ of undergraduate economists and how to design teaching and learning activities to develop the communication skills of graduates of economics.

Teaching Activity

Dean is involved with the following modules in 2019/20:

  • Economics of the Business Environment (Level 7)
  • Macroeconomic Policy (Level 6)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (Level 5) 
  • Applied Topics in Economics (Level 4)



Principal Lecturer of Economics and PG Course Leader for the postgraduate suite of economics programmes, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham


Senior Teaching Fellow, Economics Department University of Warwick


Principal Lecturer of Economics and UG Course Leader for the suite of economics programmes, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham


Lecturer of Economics, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham


Assistant Economist, HM Treasury, London

including Jan 2000-Sept 2001 secondment to Council of Mortgage Lenders, London


Lecturer in Economics, Department of Economics, University of Leicester, Leicester


Research Assistant, Management Centre, University of Leicester, Leicester

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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