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Stephen Billington is a Teaching Fellow 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)


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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Research Output

That's Classified! Inventing a New Patent Taxonomy

Billington, S. & Hanna, A., 17 Aug 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Industrial and Corporate Change.

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