Stephen Billington

Stephen Billington


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    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom


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Stephen Billington is a Lecturer in Economics at Ulster University. He obtained his BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in Economics from Queen's University Belfast.

Stephen's research focuses on understanding how effective patent systems are at encouraging innovation, by looking at the role patents played during Britain's Industrial Revolution. His research interests are in economic history, the economics of innovation, machine learning, the economics of war, and industrial organisation.

Teaching Interests

Stephen currently teaches across a number of economics and finance modules:

Current teaching:

  • Mathematics and Statistics for Business and Economics (ECO116, first-year undergraduate economics module)
  • Macroeconomics (ECO113, first-year undergraduate economics module)
  • Business and the Economy (ECO119, first-year undergraduate business studies module)
  • Mathematical Foundations of Risk Measurement (FIN715, postgraduate module)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Queen's University Belfast


Award Date: 28 Oct 2019

External positions

Research Affiliate, Queen's University Centre for Economic History

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