Kirit Vaidya

Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship Department

Kirit Vaidya

Kirit is an economist by training and has combined teaching and research at Aston Business School with numerous consultancy and research assignments in some 20 countries for international and national development and aid organisations (including Asian Development Bank, DFID, European Commission, ILO, UNDP, UNIDO and the World Bank.


Position: Senior Lecturer in Economics
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3263
Room: SW1012

  • B.Soc.Sc.(Economics, Politics, Sociology), University of Birmingham.
  • Specialisation in Economics, Quantitative Methods and Economic Development.
  • Awarded the Faculty Plender Prize.
  • 2006 – date: Senior Lecturer in Business Economics, Aston Business School, Aston University.
  • 1972 – 2006: Lecturer in Business Economics, Aston Business School, Aston University.

Current research

  • Technology transfer and industrial development (with special reference to China)
  • Technology-based collaborations between foreign and Chinese firms
  • Capability development of Chinese industrial enterprises as latecomers
  • Public works programmes in developing countries, wage rates, labour supply, asset creation and social protection.

Past areas of research

  • China’s high-tech revealed comparative advantage
  • Value of rural traveller’s time savings in low-income countries
  • Economics of labour intensive public works programmes in developing countriess
  • Energy economics

Most recent completed funded research project: Valuing rural travel time savings in LDCs (DFID Knowledge and Research).

  • Supervision of 5 PhD students to completion, currently supervising 2 students.
  • Available to supervise PhDs and DBAs especially on latecomer strategies of emerging economy companies.


  • FRSA (Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts)


Journal Articles

Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • Director, MSc in International Business Programme, School. (September 2008 - Present)
  • Chair of ABS Technology Strategy Group, School. (May 2007 - Present)
  • ABS Representative, University ICT User Group, University.