Dr Peter Luke
Associate Professor; Associate Head of Business and Enterprise
Telephone:020 7815 7779
School/Division:Business / Business and Enterprise
Dr Luke came late to economics when in 1992 he embarked upon an applied economics course at what was then known as Dundee Institute of Technology, later to become Abertay University. Graduating in 1996 with a first class honours, he went on to the Scottish Doctoral Programme, then based at Glasgow University, where he graduated in 1997, moving on to Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh to complete his economics PhD in the area of labour markets in transition economies.
Originally moving into consultancy in 2000 – while still writing up his PhD thesis – Dr Luke worked extensively in the Russian Federation when the EU was actively engaged in support projects to the Russian government. As a Technical Assistance to the Commonwealth of Independent States (TACIS) manager in Smolensk, Russia, Dr Luke oversaw the implementation of two apprenticeship units in the Smolensk Employment Service training centres along with the introduction of a modular system of training combined with distance learning where appropriate. These involved active periods of work in St Petersburg and Moscow.
In 2005 Dr Luke took the role of long-term labour market expert in the Kaliningrad Region of Russia (an exclave to Russia and an enclave to the EU). Working with colleagues in what was then the Immanuel Kant State University of Russia, Dr Luke conducted the first extensive Household Labour Force Survey of the Kaliningrad Region resulting in the establishment of the Labour Market Intelligence Unit – in effect a labour market observatory within Kaliningrad based in the Immanuel Kant University.
In between consultancy work, Dr. Luke has advised government ministers on all economic related matters connected with policing in England and Wales when he worked as an economic advisor at the Home Office. Additionally, he was to the fore in writing the economic and business case for the establishment of the College of Policing.
Within academia, Dr Luke has continued his interests in “Transition Economies” and in 2011 published a major textbook on the subject detailing the move that many countries made from communist central planned economies to ones based on the market. Dr Luke’s teaching spans a variety of subject areas including intermediate and advanced macroeconomics; employment and labour markets; econometrics; institutional economics; and of course transition economics.
Dr Luke's current teaching duties at London South Bank University include:
BSc (Hons) Economics Degree course (forthcoming):
- Introduction to Econometrics (level 5)
- Applied Econometrics (level 6)
- The Political Economy of China (level 5)
- Introduction to Advanced Macroeconomics (level 6)
BA (Hons) Business Studies:
- the Business Environment (level 4);
- Management Economics (level 6);
- Global Financial Markets (level 6);
- the Macroeconomic Environment of Business(level 5);
BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance:
- Business Mathematics and Economics (level 4).
MSc International Business:
- Research Methods (level 7)
Dr Luke's main research interests cover economies in transition or Transition Economics. This looks at those economies which have or are travelling from centralised state control of their economies to ones based on free market principles. In 2011 Dr Luke co-authored a book with Dr Gerard Turley of the National University of Ireland Galway, Transition Economics: Two Decades On which explores the successes and failures of one of the most dramatic social and economic transformations that the world had ever witnessed: the economic and political collapse of communism and the rise of market-based economies in their place.
Most recently, Dr Luke contributed a chapter on the status of women during the transition process in the Handbook of the Economics and Political Economy of Transition (2012) edited by Paul Hare and Gerard Turley. Looking initially at the role of women within the labour market and broader society under communism, Dr Luke explores the way in which the status and role of women within the labour market changed as state supported welfare services collapsed to be replaced by a more nuanced state intervention approach.
Dr Luke along with a fellow LSBU colleague, Mr Michael Wood wrote the European adaptation of Intermediate Microeconomics (2008) originally written by Walter Nicholson and Christopher Snyder. Writing for a non-American readership, the LSBU authors peppered the book with case studies and relevant real life material to connect economics to the real the world that each of us experiences every day.
Dr Luke is currently the Research Director of CIBS – the Centre for International Business Studies. Colleagues within LSBU and budding researches out with LSBU are kindly invited to contact Dr Luke with a view to establishing research projects.
Dr Luke has extensive consultancy publications mainly written during his time as an economic consultant working within the Russian Federation. These include:
I. "ICT Usage in Kaliningrad, Russia" Peter Luke (2007) Consultancy report prepared for European Union Tacis Project 'Vocational Training and Labour Resources in Kaliningrad" (EUROPEAID/121849/C/SV/RU). Prepared for the Regional Administration of the Kaliningrad Region, Russia.
II. "An Investigation into Geographic and Economic Mobility within the Russian Region of Kaliningrad" Peter Luke (2007) Consultancy report prepared for European Union Tacis Project 'Vocational Training and Labour Resources in Kaliningrad" (EUROPEAID/121849/C/SV/RU) Published in Bulletin Number Three: Geographic and Economic Mobility of Workers in Kaliningrad, Russia by the Labour Market Intelligence Unit of the Immanuel Kant State University. Prepared for the Regional Administration of the Kaliningrad Region, Russia.
III. "An Overview of the Labour Market in Kaliningrad, Russia in the Summer of 2006" Peter Luke (2007) Consultancy report prepared for European Union Tacis Project 'Vocational Training and Labour Resources in Kaliningrad" (EUROPEAID/121849/C/SV/RU). Prepared for the Ministry of Economy of the Regional Administration of the Kaliningrad Region, Russia.
IV. "Education, Gender, Economic Sector, and Wages in Kaliningrad 2006" Peter Luke (2006) Consultancy report prepared for European Union Tacis Project 'Vocational Training and Labour Resources in Kaliningrad" (EUROPEAID/121849/C/SV/RU). Published in Bulletin Number Two: Preliminary Results from the First Labour Force Survey 2006 by the Labour Market Intelligence Unit of the Immanuel Kant State University. Prepared for the Regional Administration of the Kaliningrad Region, Russia.
V. "A Brief Comparison of Three Main Statistical Packages: SAS, Stata, and SPSS" Peter Luke (2006) Consultancy report prepared for European Union Tacis Project 'Vocational Training and Labour Resources in Kaliningrad" (EUROPEAID/121849/C/SV/RU)
VI. "Information and Communication Technology – opportunities for the application of ICT to SME business capacity development in the INPP region" (2004) Consultancy report prepared for the British Executive Service Overseas on behalf of Ignalina NPP Regional Development Agency. Assignment Reference: LIT 0197. Published as a discussion paper by the University of Abertay, 2004.
VII. "The Smolensk Labour Market and Regional Economy" (2001) Consultancy report prepared for the European Union Tacis project Federal and Regional Labour Markets, Tacis/110152/C/SV/RU. ). Prepared for the Regional Administration of the Smolensk Region, Russia and the Smolensk Federal Employment Service.
Most recent publications
Barber, S and Luke, P Putting theory into theory: Thematic value of research in public administration teaching. Teaching Public Administration, 34. 96-108. DOI 10.1177/0144739415611214More publications at LSBU Research Open
Member of the Society of Business Economists: http://www.sbe.co.uk
the International Network for Economic Research: http://www.infer-research.net/
Dr Luke is currently the 'Link Manager' for LSBU collaborating institutions in Singapore; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Stockholm, Sweden. This involves ensuring the smooth running of franchised courses in the above respective locations along with the implementation of award and progression boards for the various partner organisations.