Dr Swati Virmani

Job: Senior Lecturer in Economics

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: N/A

E: swati.virmani@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Swati Virmani joined the De Montfort University as Lecturer in Economics in February 2019. Previously she has worked at Huddersfield Business School on a research position in the Department of Accountancy, Finance & Economics (2016-19); as Teaching Associate in the Department of Economics, Lancaster University Management School (2014 - 2016); Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester (2010 - 2014); Research Analyst at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India (2009 - 2010); and as Researcher at the School of Business Administration, Oakland University, Michigan, USA (May - July 2008). 

Publications and outputs

2021    ‘The AI and Big Data Readiness Report: Assessing the Public Relations Profession’s Preparedness for an AI Future’. Chartered Institute of Public Relations: London (with A Gregory). Available here

2020  ‘Performance and Efficiency in Indian Universities’, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seps.2020.100834 (with G Johnes, J Johnes).

2020 ‘Reflecting to Rebuild and Strengthen Professional Development: A Collection of ‘Post-Online’ Conversations’ – Monograph

2020 ‘The Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic for Leicester’. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3622981 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3622981. (with E Cartwright, T A Luong and J Payne)

2020 'The Effects of AI on the Professions'. Chartered Institute of Public Relations: London (with A Gregory). Available here.

2020 'Analysis of Sector Led Improvement of Children and Young People's Services'. MPRA Paper No. 98204 (with R O'Neill and J Bamford)

2019  ‘Chief executive pay in UK higher education: the role of university performance’.  Annals of Operations Research, 1-30 (with J Johnes) [https://doi.org/10.1007/s10479-019-03275-2].

2019  ‘Are Technology Transfers Skill Biased?’ The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 62(2), pp. 239-263.

2019  ‘The efficiency of private and public schools in urban and rural areas: moving beyond the development goals’. International Transactions in Operational Research, 13(5), e12678 (with G Johnes) [https://doi.org/10.1111/itor.12658].

2018  ‘The Enigmatic Services Sector of India’. MPRA Paper No. 89174 (with V N Balasubramanyam).

2015  ‘Foreign Direct Investment and Reverse Technology Spillovers: the Effect on Total Factor Productivity’. OECD Journal: Economic Studies, Vol. 2014/1, pp. 129-153 (with E Amann).

2015  ‘Is the Evolution of India’s Outward FDI Consistent with Dunning’s Investment Development Path Sequence?’ Lancaster University Management School, Economics Working Paper Series 2015/019 (with E Amann).

2011  ‘Attaining Comprehensive Development: A Comparative Study of Demographic, Migration and Socio-Economic Trends’. The India Economy Review, Vol. VII, Quarterly Issue, pp. 122-129 (with R S Bora).

2010  ‘An Empirical Analysis of Residential Mortgage Refinancing Decision Making’. Journal of Housing Research, Vol. 19(2), pp. 129-138 (with A Murphy).

2010  ‘Demographic Transition, Development Performance and Migration: A Comparative Study’. Social and Management Solutions, Vol. 5(1), pp. 45-54 (with R S Bora).

Research interests/expertise

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Impact on Professions; Economics of AI
  • Digital Capabilities
  • Innovative Pedagogies – Higher Education
  • Applied Economics

Areas of teaching

  • Emerging Markets & International Economy
  • Financial Economics
  • Property Market Analysis
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Applied Economics


PhD Economics – University of Manchester, UK

MA Economics – Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India

BA (Hons) Economics – Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, India

Courses taught

Module Leader and Lecturer:

2nd Year (Economics of Financial Markets)

MSc (Economics of Emerging Markets)

Corporate Development MSc (Economics of Property Organisation; Property Market Analysis; Macroeconomics Policy & Property).

Programme Leader:

MSc Property Management & Investment (Corporate Development Programme)

Honours and awards

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Awards & Nominations:

  • Awarded the 2021 'Best New Lecturer Award' by the Economics Network.
  • Nominated for the Business & Law Faculty’s 2021 TaLEnt (Teaching & Learning Enhancement) Award for ‘Excellence in Pedagogic Innovation’.
  • Nominated and won the 2020 Business & Law Faculty’s ‘Rising Star’ award.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Member of the Artificial Intelligence (AIinPR) Panel for Chartered Institute of Public Relations
  • Associate Member of the Association for Learning Technology
  • Key Contact for the Economics Network (representing DMU)
  • Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Global Economics Science (Universal Wiser Publisher)
  • Member of the Institute for Applied Economics & Social Value (DMU) – present

Conference attendance

September 2021 The Developments in Economics Education Conference, Organised by the Economics Network, UK (1-3 September)

December 2020  Professional Development from Research Services Seminar on ‘Managing Research with a Teaching Workload’, De Montfort University, Leicester

September 2020 Teaching, Learning and Personal Tutoring Virtual Conference, Centre for Academic Innovation, De Montfort University, Leicester

July 2019  Institute for Applied Economics and Social Value Annual Workshop, De Montfort University, Leicester

January 2019 Business School Research Conference, Huddersfield

December 2018 14th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, India

December 2018 60t Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India

September 2018 6th International Workshop on ‘Efficiency in Education, Health and other Public Services’, Huddersfield Business School

April 2018 Annual Conference of the Scottish Economics Society, Scotland

May 2017 Practitioner presentation: A new approach to benchmarking the performance of children’s services, Huddersfield Business School

January 2017 Business School Research Conference, Huddersfield

April 2016 Annual Conference of the Scottish Economic Society, Scotland

March 2016 British Northern Universities India Forum (BNUIF), Bradford

March–April 2015 Annual Conference of the Royal Economic Society, Manchester

April 2014  Annual Conference of the Royal Economic Society, Manchester

September 2013 11th GLOBELICS International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development, Ankara, Turkey

May 2013 COST Workshop on the Impact of Emerging Multinationals on Global Development, Milan, Italy 

Externally funded research grants information

Co-Investigator – ‘Measuring the impact of Medicspot GP consultations’, funded by the Willows Medical Centre, Leicester – 2021

Internally funded research project information

Principal Investigator - 'Exploring the Impact of Lecture Capture', funded by the Institute of Applied Economics & Social Value - 2019-2020.

Co-Investigator - 'Developing and Introducing Digital Technology through IAESV Behavioural Economics lab using O-Tree and KAHOOT', faculty level pedagogical innovation funding - 2020.

Case studies

2017-18: Research paper ‘Foreign Direct Investment and Reverse Technology Spillovers: the Effect on Total Factor Productivity’ cited in the Global Investment Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, World Bank.

2016: ‘Analysis of Sector Led Improvement of Children’s and Young People’s Services’. Official Report submitted to the ADCS Performance and Information Management Group (with J Johnes, R O’Neill, J Bamford and A Ramsey), July.