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Ioana Negru keynote at three events in Europe

Ioana Negru provided the first plenary 'Pluralism: Against Bias in Economics' keynote at the first Vienna Conference of Pluralism in Economics, 10 April 2015. The scholar was also the keynote speaker at the Liberal Arts College in Maastricht, Netherlands, where the Student Society PINE - Pluralism in Netherlands Education - organised a symposium on 17 June on the topic of  ‘Teaching Economics at a Liberal Arts College’. She also provided the keynote talk on 2 July at the Association of Heterodox Economics, Southampton, on the Future of Microeconomics (with Professor Robert Sugden).

Deborah Johnston discusses nutrition policy at Parliament

 Dr Deborah Johnston, Reader in Development Economics, took part in an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) panel in order to discuss the directions that need to be taken in relation to nutrition research and policy.

The panel was titled 'It is time: Valuing women's time in nutrition research and policy' and was set up as a joint initiative between the APPG and the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). It took place on Tuesday 30 June and was chaired by Jo Cox MP.

Career Mentoring Pilot Scheme

Working closely with the Careers Department the Department of Economics has launched a Career Mentoring scheme for current first and second year Economics students. The scheme will give students the opportunity to gain advice, support and guidance from an experienced alumna professionals working in a sector or profession of interest to them. The pilot scheme will run from October 2015 to February 2016. Applications were open in April and the Department has received a large interest in this scheme and positive support from students.

Micro Placements Pilot Scheme

The Department of Economics will be launching a Micro placements pilot scheme in October 2015. The two week micro placements allow our students the opportunity to experience work in a particular sector. Applications open in October 2015.

2014 Sun Yefang Financial Innovation Award in China

Professor Duo Qin has recently won the 2014 Sun Yefang Financial Innovation Award in China for her joint publication with colleagues at the Central Bank of China (see publication link below). This award focuses on identifying excellent and innovative works that keep abreast of the times and steer academic development, and contributes to the prosperity and development of the financial discipline in China.

Publication: Qin, Duo and Xu, Zhong and Zhang, Xuechun (2014) 'How Much Has Informal Credit Lending Responded to Monetary Policy in China? The Case of Wenzhou.' Journal of Asian Economics, 31-32 . pp. 22-31.

SOAS Professor elected as Syriza MP in Greek elections

Costas Lapavitsas, Professor in Economics at SOAS, University of London has been elected as a new MP for left-wing party Syriza in Greece. Syriza secured 149 seats in the recent election and has formed a coalition with the right-wing Independent Greeks party. Professor Lapavitsas, the elected MP for Imathia - a region in the north of Greece - will be working on the economic plan.

Professor Paul Webley said: “I would like to congratulate Professor Lapavitsas on winning his parliamentary seat for Syriza. SOAS staff and students will be inspired and delighted by Professor Lapavitsas’ future in politics and we wish him the best of luck in this role.”

Graduate Teaching Assistant/ Teaching Fellow Award

The Department of Economics has introduced a Graduate Teaching Assistant/ Teaching Fellow Award to recognise teaching staff who have consistently provided high quality tutorial teaching throughout the year. Winners are selected via student feedback received by the Department.

2014-15 Winners 

 Ramin and Mimoza were also nominated for the 2014-15 Director's Teaching Prize.

2014 - 15 Department Prize Winners

Undergraduate Department awards

The undergraduate department award winner for outstanding exam and course work performance in 2014/15 is:

  • Harriet Freeman - BSc Economics

Graduate Diploma awards

The graduate diploma department award winner for outstanding exam and course work performance in 2014/15 is:

  • Samantha Horn
 Postgraduate awards

 The postgraduate award will be announced in November 2015.

2013-14 Quotes from Visiting Examiners for MSc Economics Programmes

 “The strength of this programme is that it offers diverse perspectives about development, economic growth, and money management.”

“This programme is excellent.  It provides an extremely good training in development economics which allows students to grapple with important issues in the theory and practice of the subject and, importantly, covers both mainstream and critical pathways in the discipline.  This succeeds on its own terms, but I would also like to highlight its broader significance.  Programmes such as this are becoming increasingly rare in modern British academic economics.  The continuation and success of this programme is important far beyond the confines of SOAS.”

“This is an excellent programme that provides students with perspectives on a range of issues in Economics and Development, which are unavailable at other higher education institutions with which I am familiar.”

“The range of theory on which the courses draw is wide, and there are many innovative aspects of the programme, including the course on the institutional aspects of economic development; this MSc programme is unusual and nationally important.”

“The area-based courses are unusual and valuable in encouraging application of economic analysis in depth to the particularities of economic development in different regions.”

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How money binds and splits society apart, lecture by Costas Lapavitsas at SOAS

In his inaugural lecture at SOAS, University of London, Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics, and Member of the Greek Parliament in 2015, will discuss money or, as he describes it, ‘the invisible bind’.

20th November 2015

SOAS economists comment on United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report, launched at SOAS today

SOAS economists comment on United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report, launched at SOAS today, 6 October

6th October 2015

SOAS hosts launch of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report

The Department of Economics at SOAS, University of London is hosting the launch of the Trade and Development Report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for 2015.

30th September 2015

NSS 2015 2 SOAS tops London institutions for teaching, according to students

Results of the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS), released today, show that students at SOAS, University of London are highly satisfied with ‘Teaching on my course,’ with an above average rating of 89%.

12th August 2015

Customary and state law in Papua New Guinea analysed in new book by SOAS scholar

A fascinating insight into Papua New Guinea’s two most powerful legal orders – customary law and state law – has recently been produced by SOAS’ Dr Shaun Larcom, Lecturer in Environmental Economics and Development.

4th August 2015

SOAS students help organise vigil in Trafalgar Square for Nepal

Co-President of the Students’ Union’s Nepali Society Monika Shrestha, a second year BSc Development Economics student, led the organisation of a vigil at Trafalgar Square for the victims of the earthquake and to help raise funds for Nepal.

1st May 2015

Edith Penrose SOAS celebrates former Professor and highly influential economist, Edith Penrose

SOAS, University of London will host a conference to celebrate the work and legacy of Professor Edith Penrose, one of the most influential and significant economists of the 20th Century.

6th November 2014

SOAS alumnus appointed as new Governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa

SOAS alumnus Lesetja Kganyago has been has been appointed as the next governor of the South African Reserve Bank

8th October 2014

SOAS scholar secures ESRC/DFID funding for research on parliaments and poverty reduction in Bangladesh and Ethiopia

Dr Emma Crewe, a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London has received a grant of £501,930 from an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - Department for International Development (DFID) joint fund to research the role of MPs in public engagement and poverty reduction in Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

10th April 2014

Professor Keith McLachlan

SOAS, University of London regrets to announce the death of Professor Keith McLachlan on 12 October 2013

15th October 2013

Obituary: Peter Ayre (1939-2012)

Peter Ayre, who died in a nursing home in Suffolk on 9 December 2012, was a teacher in the Department of Economics at SOAS from 1963 until his early retirement in 1990.

26th September 2013

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