Congratulations Professor W. Craig Riddell! Craig has been selected to be a Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair at the University of California in Santa Barbara for the 2014-15 academic year. Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chairs are targeted opportunities which enable prominent scholars and experienced professionals to conduct research and guest lecture for one semester or for the full academic year at select American and Canadian partner universities and research centers.
Craig’s teaching and research interests are in labour economics, labour relations and public policy. His current research focuses on education, skills formation, immigration, unemployment, unemployment insurance, and inequality. In his position as the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair, Craig will be focussing his work on digital skills, literacy and numeracy, and labour market outcomes.
“Literacy and numeracy are of fundamental importance in many aspects of life. With advances in information and communication technologies, digital skills are also becoming increasingly important,” says Craig of his research interest. “This research employs new data on the skills of adults to study the influence of digital skills, literacy and numeracy on labour market outcomes such as employment and earnings.”
Craig is the Royal Bank Faculty Research Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, academic director of the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Research Network, and a Research Fellow of both the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM).
He has received numerous awards, most recently the Mike McCraken Award for contributions to the development and use of labour market data. Craig currently serves on Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Labour and Income Statistics and on the Board of Directors of the Centre for the Study of Living Standards. He previously served on the Expert Panel on Older Workers established by the Government of Canada.
About Fulbright Canada
Fulbright Canada is a joint, bi-national, treaty-based organization created to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America through academic and cultural exchange. Fulbright Canada is supported by the Canadian Government through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, by the United States Government through the Department of State, and by a diverse group of corporate sponsors, charitable trusts, and university partners. It is governed by an independent Board of Directors and operates out of Ottawa.