Economics and Finance


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Professor Lester Hunt

  • Qualifications: PhD, MA, BSc (Hons).
  • Role Title: Professor and Head of Economics and Finance
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 023 92 844128
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  • Department: Economics and Finance
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


I re-joined the University of Portsmouth as Professor and Head of Economics and Finance in October 2017.

I hold a BSc (Hons) in Economics with Econometrics from Loughborough University, an MA in Economics from the University of Essex and a PhD in Economics from the University of Surrey.

I previously worked at the Universities of Essex (1979-1980), Swansea (1980-1985 & 1987-1989), Surrey (1989-1991 & 1999-2017), and Portsmouth (1994-1998). I was Head of the Departments of Economics at Portsmouth (1996-1998) and Surrey (1999-2003) and was Director of the SEEC, the Surrey Energy Economics Centre (2003-15). In addition to working at universities, I was an Economic Adviser in the forecasting division at the HM Treasury (1985-1987), an Energy Analyst/Economist at Midlands Electricity (1991-1994), and more recently a Senior Research Fellow at KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2015-2017).


My research focusses on energy economics and policy and I have published over 50 peer reviewed journal articles, around 10 book chapters, and edited 2 books. Since 2006, I have been an Editor of The Energy Journal.


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