SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Economics Department Staff

Head of Department

Dr Ulrich Volz

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Gregor Semieniuk

Graduate Diploma Admissions Tutor

Dr Dic Lo

Taught Masters Degrees (MSC) Admissions Tutor

Professor Jane Harrigan (Term 1) and Massoud Karshenas (Term 2)

Research Degrees (MPHIL/PHD) Admissions Tutor

Professor Ben Fine 

Postgraduate Convenors

Dr Dic Lo (Graduate Diploma)
Professor Mushtaq Khan (MSC Development Economics)
Dr Matteo Rizzo (MSC Economics with reference to Africa)
Dr Ulrich Volz (MSC Economics with reference to Asia Pacific Region)
Professor Jane Harrigan (Term 1) and Professor Massoud Karshenas (Term 2) (MSC Economics with regard to Middle East) 
Dr Satoshi Miyamura (MSC Economics with regard to South Asia) 
Professor Costas Lapavitsas (MSC Finance and Development)
Professor Mushtaq Khan (MSC Political Economy of Development)                                              

Professor Costas Lapavitsas and Dr Risa Morimoto (MSC with regard to Environment and Development)                                         

Dr Elisa Van Waeyeberge (MSC Research for International Development)

Research Tutors

Professor Ben Fine
Dr Elisa van Wayenberge

Antonio Andreoni
Lecturer in Economics
Antonio Andreoni
Industrial economics; Global and local production systems; Learning and technological change; Structural economic dynamics; Institutional change; Labour and sustainability; Industrial finance; Political economy of manufacturing development; Political settlements and corruption; Industrial policy; Global governance and policy.
  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4107
  • Email: aa155@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 231
  • Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Hannah Bargawi
Lecturer in Economics
Hannah Bargawi
Aid, Debt and International Financial Institutions; Links between Macroeconomic Policies and Poverty and Inequality; Commodities, Agriculture and Rural Development; Feminist Economics, Gender and Intra-household research; Africa; Middle East
  • Tel: 020 7898 4496
  • Email: hb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 476
  • Office Hours: Mondays: 11:00 to 13:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 & 3

Chris Bramall
Professor of Economics
Chris Bramall

Economic growth, income inequality, famine and agricultural development in modern China, the political economy of Maoism, The development of the contemporary Chinese empire

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4616
  • Email: cb81@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 228
  • Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Sonali Deraniyagala
Lecturer in Economics
Staff Silhouette
South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa: technical change and productivity in manufacturing, industrial policy, the impact of trade liberalisation on manufacturing performance
  • Tel: 020 7898 4515
  • Email: sd11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 297
  • Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays: 11:00 to 12:00

Ourania Dimakou
Lecturer in Economics
Staff Silhouette

Monetary and Fiscal Policy Interactions, Institutional Economics, Corruption and Central Bank Independence.

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4556
  • Email: od1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 265
  • Office Hours: Thursdays: 11:00 to 13:00
Ben Fine
Professor of Economics
Research Tutor
Ben Fine

Southern Africa: the mineral-energy complex in South Africa; the political economy of consumption, particularly food; privatisation and industrial policy; political economy, history of economic thought and economic theory; economics imperialism especially social capital.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4527
  • Email: bf@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 278
  • Office Hours: Thursdays: 12:00 to 13:00

Hassan Hakimian
MBI Al Jaber Reader in Economics with reference to the Middle East
Hassan Hakimian

Human Resources; Demography; Trade Policy & Regional Integration; Energy and Natural Resources with reference to the MENA region.

Jane Harrigan
Professor of Economics
Jane Harrigan
International finance for development and the economic reform programmes associated with IMF and World Bank finance to developing countries; the links between macro-economic policy and agricultural performance in sub-Saharan Africa; the gender dimensions of economic liberalisation and globalisation; and the political economy of economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa. Cross-cutting these subject areas are two geographical areas of specialisation, namely sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on Ghana and Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4537
  • Email: jh66@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 281
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays: 12:30 to 14:00 (Term 1)

Deborah Johnston
Reader in Development Economics
Deborah Johnston

Analysis and measurement of poverty; the working of rural labour markets; agrarian change and rural development; the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS

Massoud Karshenas
Professor of Economics
Massoud Karshenas
Middle East economics, Oil and economic development, Global poverty and growth, labour markets and structural adjustment.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4535
  • Email: mk@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 268
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1

Mushtaq Khan
Professor of Economics
Mushtaq Khan
South and South East Asia: institutional economics and political economy; the economics of rent seeking, corruption and patron-client networks; late industrialisation and the state
  • Tel: 020 7898 4546
  • Email: mk100@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 233
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2pm - 4pm
Costas Lapavitsas
Professor in Economics
Costas Lapavitsas
Theory of banking and finance; history of economic thought; the Japanese financial system. Teaching interests include banking and finance, the Japanese economy, history of economic thought.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4538
  • Email: cl5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 269
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays: 14:00 to 16:00

Dic Lo
Reader in Economics
Graduate Diploma in Economics Programme Convenor
Dic Lo
China and globalisation; industrialisation; Soviet-type economic system and transformation; East Asian economic institutions and development; comparative political economy. China.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4532
  • Email: dl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 271
  • Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Satoshi Miyamura
Lecturer in the Economy of Japan
Satoshi Miyamura
Regions: South & East Asia. Countries: India, Japan. Subjects: Development economics, Labour economics, Institutional economics, Labour-management bargaining; Research methods in economics.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4544
  • Email: sm97@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 275
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Mondays 13:30 to 15:00

Risa Morimoto
Lecturer in Economics
Risa Morimoto

Environmental economics, Development economics, Economics of hydropower development, Energy economics, Transport economics,  Economics of sustainable business, Sustainable economic development policy in developing countries, Climate change.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4730
  • Email: rm36@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 274
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1
Ioana Negru
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Ioana Negru

Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Economics and economic methodology, scientific pluralism, heterodox economics, ethics and economics, Methodology and Philosophy of Austrian economics, Economics of Altruism and Gift, Methodology of Macroeconomics and Ecological and green economics.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4517
  • Email: in8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 478
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays: 10:00 to 12:00

Duo Qin
Professor of Economics
Duo Qin

The history and the methodology of econometrics, applied macro-econometrics with particular reference to transitional and developing economies, international economic/financial issues, social, ethnic and cultural problems associated with economic development

  • Tel: 0207 898 4624
  • Email: dq1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 552
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays: 14:00 to 16:00
Matteo Rizzo
Senior Lecturer in the Economics of Africa
Staff Silhouette

Political economy of development, labour markets and informalisation, agrarian change, urbanisation, privatisation, aid effectiveness, Africa, Tanzania.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4836
  • Email: mr3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 272
  • Office Hours: By Appointment - https://mr3.youcanbook.me/

Alice Sindzingre
Visiting Lecturer and Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Industrialisation, international trade, foreign aid, foreign investment, state intervention, poverty traps, Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Email: as97@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 474
  • Office Hours: Term 2: Tuesdays from 09:00 to 11:00

Luca Tasciotti
Lecturer in Economics
Staff Silhouette

Development economics, microeconomics, agricultural economics, energy economics, household level analysis, Sub-Saharan Africa, environmental economics, barriers to trade, environmental standards

  • Tel: 020 7898 4947
  • Email: lt20@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 270
  • Office Hours: Mondays: 15:00 to 17:00
Jan Toporowski
Professor of Economics and Finance
Jan Toporowski

Macroeconomics, monetary policy, Kalecki and Post-Keynesian Economics, credit cycles, the Franc Zone

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4737
  • Email: jt29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 277
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1

Sophie Van Huellen
Lecturer in Economics
Sophie Van Hullen

Financial markets, commodity and food prices, commodity futures markets and industries (soft and grain), price risk management, international economics and finance, programme evaluation techniques. Regional interests: Sub-Saharan Africa and West Africa in particular.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4543
  • Email: sv8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 280
  • Office Hours: Mondays: 16:00 to 18:00
Elisa Van Waeyenberge
Lecturer in Economics
Research Tutor
Elisa van Waeyenberge
Political economy of aid and policy reform in low-income countries, the  international financial institutions;  development policy and theory. Teaching interests include macroeconomics and research methods.
  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4284
  • Email: ew23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 568
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays: 11:00 to 13:00

Ulrich Volz
Head of Department
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Ulrich Volz

International Finance, Open Economy Macroeconomics, Financial Market Development and Stability, Development and Transition Economics, Global Economic Governance, East Asian Financial Markets

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4721
  • Email: uv1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 285
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Emeritus Staff

Anne Booth
Emeritus Professor of Economics
Anne E Booth
The role of agriculture in the growth process in Indonesia; poverty measurement, determinants and policy; oil and economic policy; economic history of East and South Asia. Teaching includes, South East Asia.

Machiko Nissanke
Emeritus Professor of Economics
Professor of Economics
Machiko Nissanke
North-South Economic relations, adjustment and development, finance and development, international trade and finance, and comparative economics policy studies in Asia and Africa. Teaching interests include open economy macroeconomics, international trade and finance and financial economics. Africa and Asia.
John Sender
Emeritus Professor of Economics
Staff Silhouette

Emeritus Professor of Economics, SOAS, and Visiting Senior Fellow in Development Studies, University of Cambridge


Graham Smith
Emeritus Professor of Economics
Graham Smith
Emerging stock markets, financial futures, the markets for gold and other metals. Time series econometrics.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sara Stevano
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sara Stevano
Political economy of food, agricultural and food systems, labour markets and informalisation, feminist economics and gender analysis, research methodology (especially mixed research methods), Sub-Saharan Africa (in particular Mozambique).

Research Associates

Kate Bayliss
Kate Bayliss

The impact of privatisation and commercialisation; public and private sector systems of provision; infrastructure development; utilities; role of domestic private sector in basic service delivery, equity impact of institutional and infrastructure reform. 



John Toye
Professorial Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Public finance, the political economy of development, international economic institutions and the history of economic thought. 


Senior Teaching Fellows




Teaching Fellows





Graduate Teaching Assistants



Pedro Loureiro
Staff Silhouette

My interests lie broadly in different strands of Marxism, Latin American studies, Economic History, the History of Economic Thought and mixed-methods approaches.


Matteo Pinna Pintor
Matteo Pinnar Pinar

An outmigrant from international studies to development economics, I've long been caught between a deep interest in long-run institutional change and a commitment to rigorous consideration of the analytical problems involved.




Administrative Staff


Lasharne Anderson
Assistant Department Officer (Student) Economics
Lasharne Anderson
  • Tel: 020 7898 4597
  • Email: sid@soas.ac.uk,
  • Room: R201
  • Office Hours: Economics: Mon - Wed am & Dev Studies Wed pm - Fri