Professor John Fletcher was appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation in February 2014. He was previously responsible for setting up the BU Graduate School in 2002 and was Head of the Graduate School until 2011.
John is an economist, beginning his academic career as a lecturer at UCNW, Bangor following a period working in industry. In 1978, he became Director of the Institute of Economic Research where he started the development of his economic impact models for international agencies, the Welsh Office and the UK government.
He moved to the University of Surrey in 1985, where he took responsibility for the postgraduate programmes in what is now the School of Management and was Head of the Surrey Research Group until he joined BU in 1996 as Director of the International Centre for Tourism & Hospitality Research and Professor of Tourism.
During his time at Surrey, he undertook a wide range of research projects, including the Scottish Tourism Multiplier Study which became the benchmark study for economic impact analysis and has been used throughout the UK to determine the economic impact of developments on sub-national economies.
Over his career to date, he has developed interactive economic and environmental impact and planning models for governments throughout the Caribbean, the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean and Europe. He has been commissioned to undertake research not only by national governments, but also by international agencies such as the EU, UNDP, UNEP, USAID, UNWTO and the WWF.
Over the past few years, he has presented evidence to House of Commons Select Committees and the EU, as well as leading research projects for the government of Gibraltar, the Crown Estate and more locally for the borough councils of Poole and Bournemouth. John also led the BU Economic Impact studies that demonstrated the value of BU to the local and regional economies.