Dr Nick Drydakis

Reader in Economics and Director of the Centre for Pluralist Economics

Centre for Pluralist Economics

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Economics and International Business

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Economics

Nick is a world-leading researcher in labour economics. His contribution in the 2014 REF exercise was 'excellent'. He is ready to contribute to the 2021 REF exercise with four single-author papers, internationally rated as world-leading at the ABS Level (4444).

IZA Profile



Nick is the founding Director of the Centre for Pluralist Economics (CPE). In addition, he is spokesperson at the IZA World of Labor for a series of areas such as inequality, poverty, discrimination, exploitation, bullying, disability, health, economic crisis, depression, job satisfaction, sexual orientation, transgenderism, universities quality, and ethnic identity.

The theoretical, empirical and policy implication frameworks of Nick's publications have been utilized from prestigious and influential organisations and institutions, such as the OECD, World Bank, Unesco, ILO and EC.

Nick has published in international journals such as: Economics Letters, Labour Economics, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Journal of Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Review of Economics of the Household, Applied Economics, Feminist Economics, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Human Relations, European Journal of Health Economics, Urban Studies, Journal of Industrial Relations, Manchester School, Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Journal of Intercultural Relations.

Nick has developed and offered credit eligible courses which have been delivered to economics students from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and Yale University.

Research interests

Through his published papers, Nick has examined the following relations:

  • Economic crisis and health
  • Health, productivity, employment and wages
  • Job satisfaction and demographic characteristics
  • University’s reputation and graduates’ employment
  • Ethnic identity, acculturation strategies, and labour market outcomes
  • Unions and wage antidiscrimination policies
  • Labour market discrimination against racial/ethnic and religious minorities
  • Sexual orientation and labour market returns
  • Gender identity and employment outcomes
  • Health, mental health, personality, sexuality and wages
  • Bullying, human capital, mental health and employment

Areas of research supervision

  • Economic crisis and health indicators
  • Universities attended and labour market prospects
  • Gender identity and employment outcomes
  • Labour market discrimination against minority groups


Nick has teaching expertise in leading undergraduate, and postgraduate modules such as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Public Economics, Industrial Organisation, Economics of Inequality, Discrimination, Poverty and Exploitation, Economics of Growth and Development, Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics.


  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PhD in Economics, University of Crete
  • MSc in Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business.
  • BSc in Economics, University of Crete

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK)
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Labor Economics (IZA, Germany)
  • Spokesperson, IZA World of Labor (IZA, Germany)
  • Fellow and Cluster Leader, Global Labor Organisation (Germany)
  • Academic Expert, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Special Editor, International Journal of Manpower (Emerald)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Selected recent publications

Since 2014:

Recent presentations and conferences


  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and European Union
  • Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); Expert Meeting. Presentation: Standardised Situation Testing. OECD: Paris, France.
  • European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology; Symposium. Presentation: Inclusive Recruitment? Hiring Discrimination against Older Workers. Congress Secretariat MCI: Dublin, Ireland.
  • The Campbell Collaboration, the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (Queen's University Belfast), the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), and Sense about Science; What Works Global Summit. Presentation: Economic Crisis and Health Status. Council Chamber, British Medical Association House: London, UK.

Media experience

Nick's research has received global media coverage, and he's been interviewed for his research by various media outlets, including: CNN, CBS, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Record, The New York Daily News, Yahoo! News, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post, Good Morning America, United Press International, Daily Mirror, Times Higher Education, Bloomberg, BBC World Radio, Times Higher Education, The Independence.