Professor Phil Brown

Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

“I’m a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University where I’ve worked since 1997. Before that I worked at the University of Cambridge and University of Kent at Canterbury. I’ve been a Visiting Professor at UBC in Vancouver and Science Po in Paris and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Zhengzhou University, China. I’ve been fortunate enough to give presentations in over twenty countries and to Chair an Independent Review for the Welsh Government examining the impact of digital innovation for the economy and the future of work in Wales, UK (2019). I’m also a Trustee of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR), Westminster, London. My current research involves heading up a seven-country research programme examining the digital futures of work, education and skills, in collaboration with the Research and Innovation Division, Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).”

Honours and awards

Follow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Chair of the Brown Review (2019) Welsh Government.

Professional memberships

  • Plenary speaker at academic and professional conferences across Europe, Asia and North America;
  • Advisor to governments on skill formation and international best practice for workforce development;
  • Advisor to private and public sector organisations on the future of work, skills and the knowledge economy; the global labour market; employability, recruitment, and the management of talent.