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Dr Keshab Bhattarai

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I believe in a statement in the Independent review of REF (2016) by Stern that says, “Societies which invest in ideas and research are generally more creative, more productive, more resilient, more open, more profound and more equipped to face and understand challenge…..It is important to the future of the UK economy and society that this productivity of research, across all its dimensions, is maintained and increased”. Stern (2016) Building on Success and Learning from Experience.
I understand strategies of publishing in high ranking journals to meet the empowerment objectives of the University of Hull. This is essential to achieve its long run goal of remaining a research oriented high quality learning institution that is reputed nationally and internationally and able to compete with top universities around the world.
Personally my contribution to the knowledge has been in measuring the impacts of tax and financial sector policies on growth and redistribution using the dynamic general equilibrium models of various economies.
I have published research findings solely and with co-authors in 4*, 3* and 2* journals including the International Economic Review, Economica, Review of International Economics, Economic Letters, Economic Record, Southern Economic Journal, Applied Financial Economics, Empirical Economics, Annotations in Journal of Economic Literature, North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Review of Development Economics, Applied Economics, Economic Modelling, Manchester School, Atlantic Economic Journal, Applied Financial Economics Letters, Advances in Research in Economics, International Journal of International Economics and Economic Policy, and International Business Research. A complete list refereed publications is in my CV. I works were part of the Business and Management Studies submission from the University of Hull in the RAE-2001, RAE- 2008 and REF-2014.
After the REF 2014, I have published 12 articles in refereed journals including the Manchester School, Applied Economics, Economic Modelling, North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Review of Development Economics, Applied Economics and Finance, International Advances in Economic Research, International Economics and Economic Policy, Journal of Asymmetric Information, International Business Research. I am actively engaged in submissions, revisions and resubmission for even better journals.
I have generated the research income equal to £75000 in 2015-2016 with the NCPA-Suffolk University in Boston, Mass., USA. The total value of this grant was above $400,000. The team included Prof. David Tuerck, Prof. Jonathan Haughton in the Suffolk University in Boston USA for the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), Huston, Texas, USA. I have plans to generate more income next year. These research activities and impacts are good for the REF2020 and well as for the international reputation of research in the area of dynamic CGE modelling for policy analyses with focus on impact of taxes on capital accumulation, growth and redistribution; micro foundations to macroeconomics and applied economics. I am also working as co-applicant with colleagues in Thailand and Vietnam for the Newton Fund 2017-2018 of the British Academy.
Earlier I constructed a 123 sector dynamic CGE model for the UK economy for analysis of energy sector issues under the EPSRC Supergen project for the team in the University of Hull (for the grant amount of £75000 out of the total value of the project £3,419,650). An article with findings of macro impact study was published in the Cambridge edited volume Modelling Economic Impacts of Low Carbon Electricity with Yago, Atkins, Green and Trotter in Grubb, Jamasb and Pollitt (ed.) Delivering a low-carbon electricity system, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
I have presented papers in top international conferences in economics including the RES UK (2017, 2013, 1997), European Economic Association and ESEM (2007, 2009, 2012), American Economic Association (2017, 2012, 2011), Public Economic Theory (2004, 2008, 2009), input-output association (2006, 2009), MMF(2009, 2013, 2015), European Economics and Finance Society (2001, 2002, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016); IAES (2006, 2009, 2015, 2016), RCEA (2014, 2015).
My public research profile, available in the Google Scholar, gives citations to my works with i-10 index at 15. Similarly Research Gates (16.87 score) lists about 109 and Econlit about 55 of my publications; also some works are listed in the JSTOR.
My teachings are informed by these researches; I am developing a unique Hull University Approach to learning economics and econometrics.
I have been referee to key several journals including International Economic Review, Manchester School, Journal of International Economics, Journal of International Financial Economics, Economic Modelling, Bulletin of Economic Research, International Review of Applied Economics, International Journal of Social Economics, Journal of Business Economics and Management.
I am generating collaborations as a Fellow in the Royal Statistical Society, a member in the advisory board of the European Economics and Finance Society, a Senior Fellow in Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
I believe in a principle of leading by example by creative, continuous and strong efforts to achieve institutional targets.
I have put my ideas in formulating strategies and programmes of the school and the university participating actively in most of the meetings relating to Academic Investment Initiative (AII) or the shape and size reviews or subject level discussions on reforms in UG or PG programmes.
My management and leadership job in the school relate to teaching and research. On teaching side main role is to ensure the quality of teaching and research. I wrote my five workbooks have introduced to PhD, MA and BSc students in my teaching. I also peer review research works of colleagues and advise them how to pursue in achieving publications or grants.
I have been chair of PhD upgrade committees and taken decisions on whether a certain candidate is ready to pursue the PhD or not. I have been interviewing candidates to the PhD programme recommended them for admission. I have been collaborating with colleagues in preparation of exam papers.
I was a member of the corporation and co-ordination committee as well as of unfair means committee for several years. I was the founder of two international networks, the modelling economic dynamics (MED) and growth development and poverty (GDP) that organised international conferences.
External examination of more than twelve PhD theses in economics of the reputed universities such as Oxford, Durham, York and Newcastle as well as several universities in Australia, India and Pakistan has provided me broad perspectives on the quality of PhD programmes in economics. These can be also basis for new collaborations.
I have enforced quality assurance (QAA) as an external examiner to Undergraduate, Masters and PhD programmes in other universities in the UK. I was an external examiner to their undergraduate degree programme in the Coventry University during 2009 to 2012. I was external examiner in the post graduate programmes in the London Metropolitan Business School.
I promote and market the subject area while meeting with professional colleagues in various organisations. Participation in the national and global conferences also has been instrumental in generating collaboration and marketing the activities of the business school.
I am referee to professional journals. I am organiser of seminars in economics Hull. Sharing ideas of these seminar speakers from various parts of country provides comparative understanding of the higher education system. I have evaluated ESRC research proposals and been rapporteur to several ESRC projects.
I had run inter-disciplinary workshops for advanced PhD students from our school and under the NARTI initiative and given presentations to high level delegations from Sichuan, Yunnan and Fujian provinces of China; been invited as a speaker in universities from the UK, India, Nepal and Ghana. These are essentially multi-disciplinary activities.
I have read profiles of candidates who were recruited to the economics group after I joined Hull in September 1999. As a member of the economics subject group I have done my best in selecting the best of all applicants. In 2006 I had suggested the founding Dean of the Business School to recruit at least seven more academic colleagues in economics. That request to some extent was fulfilled to reach to the current size of 14.5 colleagues from eight at that time.
I have given some initial training to colleagues who were recruited and provided supports to ensure their steady progress and development of full potential in them. I have shared information regarding personal development plans or in developing team spirits.
I have been regular in subject group meetings to develop a common vision and strategic direction of the subject team and the Department.
I have participated in some of the staff-student committee meetings; I have met parents of students with serious problems following standard procedures. I have been very careful in providing advices to colleagues on their duties and responsibilities.
I had been involved in final allocation of resources while organising the conferences or to some extent in organising the seminars.
I had an opportunity to monitor works of colleagues as a second marker or as a peer reviewer and observer. This has led to devote team spirits. I share valuable information regarding important academic events to colleagues and feel part of strategic decisions at the university level.
I have been to some extents a line manager to my PhD students. I ensure they have monthly, six-monthly and annual meetings and meet their objectives.
In teaching I have been a module leader of twelve different modules and given peer support to module leaders both in the undergraduate and post graduate programmes. I have shown how to design, deliver and assess curriculum to achieve quality in teaching. Provided solution to academic and personal problems.
I have provided advice to the Suffolk University and the NCPA in matters of tax policy reforms of the presidential candidates in the US. I am in advisory board of the European Economics and Finance Society (EEFS) and in the editorial board of Advances in Economics and Business (Latvia).
I am aware of health and safety concerns and have taken appropriate actions to minimise risks talking to relevant bodies including securities, real estate department. I have often liaised with the local MP for the university ward to discuss issues faced by the community around Hull that affects lives of students and families living in this area.

Post Nominals External examiner
Biography Keshab Bhattarai is a senior lecturer in economics, specialising in general equilibrium analysis of macro and micro economic policy issues and econometrics. He has published in various refereed journals including the International Economic Review, Economica, Sothern Economic Journal, Review of International Economics, Economic Record, Manchester School, Economic Letters, Applied Economics, Applied Financial Economics, Economic Modelling, North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Empirical Economics, Review of Development Economics, Applied Financial Economics Letters, Atlantic Economic Journal, International Advances in Economic Research and International Economics and Economic Policy, International Business Research. He is actively involved in teaching Advanced Macroeconomics, Advanced Microeconomics and Econometric Analysis for PhD in economics, research methods for MSc and macroeconomics at the undergraduate level. He has served as external examiner of undergraduate and post graduate programmes and PhD theses for reputed universities in the UK and abroad. He has given seminars to other departments and presented papers and chaired sessions regularly in high level conferences including the American Economic Association, European Economic Society, the Royal Economic Society, the European Economics and Finance Society, Ecomod, International Atlantic Economic Association. He has contributed to RAE in 2001 and 2008 and to REF 2014 from the Economics and Business Panel from the Hull University Business School.

Keshab received PhD in economics from the Northeastern University, Boston, USA in 1997; he taught macroeconomics, microeconomics, mathematical economics, statistics, econometrics and economic growth and development there between 1993 and 1996. He joined the Department of Economics of the University of Warwick to developed static, dynamic and global tax policy models of the UK economy for the ESRC and worked there between 1996 to 1999. He joined the University of Hull in 1999 and continued achieving excellence in teaching and research. He led dynamic general equilibrium modelling tasks of the energy sector under the Supergen research project from 2005-2007 in the University of Hull. He contributed to the dynamic general equilibrium modelling of the US economy with colleagues at the Beaconhill Institute of the Suffolk University, Boston, USA for analysis of tax reform proposals of presidential candidates in the general election 2016 under a large scale grant from the National Council for Policy Analysis in Texas, US. These results have analysed the potential impacts of undergoing tax reforms in the Trump administration. Results of their earlier study on the impacts of fair tax system led to papers for policy debates in 2006-2007 and a publication in the IEEP in 2016. He has been one of the invited speakers to universities or institutions in the UK and India, e.g. such as UWE and Loughborough Universities in the UK or the Economics and Growth Institute in Delhi or KSOM Bhubaneswar, IGIDR-Bombay, the University of Hyderabad in India, or TU or KU in Kathmandu. He has addressed problems of China to high level delegations of central and provincial level policy makers from Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of China in autumn of 2014 and Fujian province in 2015. Thirteen students have successfully completed PhD in economics under his supervision. He was promoted to the senior lecturer in economics in 2011 and is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a senior fellow of the RCEA, Italy. Before heading to the US he had MA in Economics from the ISS in the Netherlands and TU in Nepal and had worked in the National Planning Commission, the Ministry of Education and Culture and Nepal Bank Ltd in Nepal in 1980s.
Teaching and Learning “Our universities have a paramount place in an economy driven by knowledge and ideas”. In white paper Knowledge Economy DOE May 2016. “Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching”.QAA ; and HEFCE (2016);
Teaching excellence framework (TEF) and strategies of the university of Hull emphasise on research led, creative and critical problem solving approach to learning and teaching. I have contributed in designing programmes and modules for this purpose and delivered modules to Bachelors, Masters and PhD degree students continuously for more than 18 years in the University of Hull Business School. Modules that I developed include:
1) PhD level: Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, Econometric Analysis and Multivariate Analysis.
2) Masters level: Research Methods for Economics, Economic Forecasting, Macroeconomic Theory and Policy; Econometrics.
3) Undergraduate level: Macroeconomics, Further Economic Analysis, Empirical Economics, Research methods, Econometrics.
I have written my own text books accompanied with problems and solutions for all of these modules. I have been undertaking “high quality research” to contribute actively to “effective student learning”. Canvas/eBridge and my own personal web pages are maintained to provide online supports.
Overall quality of all these modules have been peer reviewed and approved by internal and external observers. Students and external examiners evaluated and ranked these modules highly in most cases. I have also peer reviewed several modules of my colleagues and given appropriate comments.
I have been an external examiner of both undergraduate and post graduate programmes in the UK universities. I have received trainings on QAA system and enforced quality requirements through active participation in scrutiny of exam papers and also through the annual report of the external examiner to the Coventry University and the London Metropolitan University.
I have made assessments fair, transparent and clear. I have contributed extensively in curriculum development and in developing Hull standards in economics education for the region and the country. I have also provided excellent supervision to both undergraduate and post graduate students.
Earlier I had been a lecturer of economics in the University College of the Northeastern University Boston, USA from 1993 to 1997. Then I had taught CGE modelling part of the research methods module for MSc(Econ) in the Warwick University.


Dr Keshab Bhattarai
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Business School, Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
University of Hull
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