Glauco De Vita


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    Glauco De Vita (BA Hons, MPhil, PhD) is a Professor of International Business Economics in the Centre for Business in Society (CBiS) and Strategic Director of CBiS' PhD Programme. A Cambridge university alumnus and former senior analyst for an American multinational, Glauco joined Coventry University in November 2015, from Oxford Brookes University where over the years he held several key roles including Research Area Leader for Economics, Strategy and International Business, and Associate Dean Research & Knowledge Exchange. Glauco has over 80 publications based on leading-edge contributions in various areas of economics, international finance and business and management. Some journal high spots include: Economics LettersEnergy Economics; Journal of International Money and Finance; International Journal of Finance and Economics; Journal of Financial Stability; Urban Studies; Journal of Development Studies; Business History; Business Ethics Quarterly; International Journal of Management Reviews; Journal of Business ResearchJournal of Small Business Management; Annals of Tourism Research; Tourism Management; and Journal of Travel Research. He has published extensively also in management education (e.g., Studies in Higher Education), where he has also earned an international reputation. Glauco is a strong supporter of Coventry University’s Research Enriched Learning (REL) agenda with his research and pedagogic expertise informing UG and PG students’ mentoring and supervision, the creation of case studies and other teaching materials, guest lectures, and module design and upgrading (e.g. UG 366SAM, 'Critical Issues in Globalisation'). His recent book, “Roadmap to a successful PhD in Business & Management and the Social Sciences - The definitive guide for postgraduate researchers” (with J. Begley and D. Bowen, 2021, Peter Lang Publishing) attests to his intellectual leadership in supporting postgraduate researchers and early career researchers.

    Glauco also has a track record of successful bid writing, including as grant award holder and Principal Investigator for both the ESRC (2007/8, RES 000-22-2350) and, more recently, The Leverhulme Trust (2023/24, RPG-2023-099). He also has considerable experience of successful supervision of master and doctoral students as well as PhD examining (Bath; Reading; Warwick; York; University of Cape Town, RSA; etc.). He is a member of various editorial boards and a Fellow of The HE Academy (UK). In January 2023, Glauco was also appointed as a member of the ESRC’s Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) Peer Review College. He also served as a Member of the Advisory Panel to the UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.


    Area of Expertise:


    International Business Economics

    Research Interests

    FDI; Growth; Exchange rates; International trade; Outsourcing/off-shoring; International education; International tourism flows; The macro environment and macroeconomic policy

    Vision Statement


    My eclectic interests have developed over time, converging toward the study of phenomena located mostly at the interface of international economics, international economic development and international business. These include the macroeconomic environment, foreign direct investment (FDI), trade, the role of exchange rates, and outsourcing/off-shoring. These phenomena have been over-theorised over past decades, with too much model building and insufficient emphasis on testing the assumptions of underlying hypotheses. I prefer applied research because I am more interested in uncovering what happens in the real world by letting the data tell much of the story. The spark for any particular research project always stems from the identification of a knowledge gap within a particular debate. The challenge of addressing an issue that has been overlooked in previous work fills me with excitement and I truly enjoy the thrill of discovery. I also see considerable potential in both cross- and inter-disciplinary work; research that benefits from theoretical contributions from multiple disciplines or that draws from different methodological traditions, holds great potential for a better understanding of complex phenomena and for producing significant insights.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

    External positions

    Member of the ESRC’s Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) Peer Review College (appointed in January 2023), Economic and Social Research Council

    23 Jan 2023 → …

    External Examiner for BSc(Hons) Programmes in Economics, Economics & Finance, and Banking & Finance, University of Winchester

    1 Oct 202130 Sept 2025

    External Examiner for the masters programmes of the Department of Economics, University of Reading

    1 Jan 201631 Dec 2019


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