Andrew Watt is Head of Unit European Economic Policy at the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK – Institut für Makroökonomie und Konjunkturforschung) in the Hans-Böckler Foundation. He was previously senior researcher at the European Trade Union Institute, where he coordinated the research unit ‘Economic, social and employment policies’.
Born 1963 in Great Britain, studied economics and modern languages at the University of Surrey (1982-1986 BSc), political science at the Otto-Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin (1987-1990), Advanced European Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland (1997-1999, MA), attended the doctoral program at the European Institute of the London School of Economics und received his doctorate from the University of Hamburg.
Research interests: European economic governance, comparative European political economy, macroeconomic policy, wage-setting and industrial relations, employment and labour market policies in Europe.
Consultant and adviser to numerous bodies (incl. European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee, Party of European Socialists, Foundation for European Progressive Studies). Master-level courses taught at the University of Bielefeld and the University of Applied Sciences BFI, Vienna. Member of the editorial board of Industrial Relations Journal and Economia e Lavoro. Member of the coordinating group of the FMM Forum for Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies.
Columns and blogs from 2009-2015 appeared on the Social Europe Journal. Since 2016 on andrewwatt.eu. Increasingly blogs have given way to commentary via Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndrewWattEU