Alumni Profile of Matthew Robson
Full name: Matthew Robson
From: North Yorkshire
Course studied: BA History and Economics
Year graduated: 2013
How has your career developed since graduating from Bangor University, and what is your current job role?
After graduating from Bangor, I studied for an MSc in Health Economics at the University of York. I then stayed at York to do a PhD in Experimental Economics on "Inequality Aversion and Self-Interest". During my time in York I was able to dedicate four years to conducting research I loved: on understanding of altruism and giving behaviour. I was also given the opportunity to teach undergraduate level economics, present my research at conferences around the world and take up a part-time research assistant role at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. Following this, I was employed to my current role as a Research Fellow, within the EQUIPOL (Equity in Health Policy) research group, at York. My current research focuses on health inequality: developing methods to uncover the impacts that policies have on unfair health inequalities and identifying how averse the public are to these inequalities.
How has your degree and experiences at Bangor Business School influenced your career/life?
Studying a joint degree in History and Economics at Bangor provided the foundation for my future studies and career in academia. The combination of both disciplines, and the differing perspectives they provided, has been most influential as my research today still uses interdisciplinary ideas at its core. The flexibility in being able to choose from a wide range of modules allowed me to take those which were most interesting, engaging and useful to me. The thought-provoking lectures and seminars enabled me to find areas of research that excited me and gave me the technical knowledge I needed. In addition, Bangor also gave me the opportunity to undertake an internship at the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) with Rhiannon Tudor Edwards as my mentor. This gave me the direction and knowledge to undertake my MSc in health economics, which led me to where I am today.
Any advice to current Bangor students?
Be inquisitive, open and humble. The more I have specialised in one area the more I have realised how little I know. There is a vast array of thoughts, opinions and approaches out there that you cannot possibly grasp alone. Listen to the views of others and work with them where you can. Seek new opportunities in areas that excite and interest you and make the most of the opportunities you have. You don't know where life will take you, but by focusing on the things you are passionate about you can, hopefully, move in the right direction.
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