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Department of Economics

Economics Department Staff

Head of Department

Dr Ulrich Volz

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Satoshi Miyamura and Dr Ourania Dimakou

Taught Masters Degrees (MSC) Admissions Tutor

Professor Massoud Karshenas

Research Degrees (MPHIL/PHD) Admissions Tutor

Professor Ben Fine 

Postgraduate Convenors

Dr Ulrich Volz (Graduate Diploma)
Professor Mushtaq Khan (MSC Development Economics)
Dr Ulrich Volz (MSC Economics with regard to Africa)
Dr Ulrich Volz (MSC Economics with regard to Asia Pacific Region)
Professor Massoud Karshenas (MSC Economics with regard to Middle East) 
Professor Mushtaq Khan (MSC Economics with regard to South Asia) 
Professor Jan Toporowski (MSC Finance and Development)
Professor Mushtaq Khan (MSC Political Economy of Development)                                                

Lorena Lombardozzi (MSC with regard to Environment and Development)                                         

Dr Elisa Van Waeyeberge (MSC Research for International Development)

Research Tutors

Professor Ben Fine

Antonio Andreoni
Lecturer in Economics
Antonio Andreoni Industrial economics and policy;  Theory of production, capabilities and commons;  Microeconomics of manufacturing systems;  Technology infrastructure and intermediate institutions;  Structural economic dynamics;  Inter-sectoral linkages;  Comparative political economy of development;  Industrial competitiveness;  Collective capabilities and microfinance.
  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4107
  • Email: aa155@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 283
  • 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 10:00-12:00

Stephanie Blankenburg
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Staff Silhouette Growth theory, economic and institutions, history of economic analysis, development in Latin America.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4277
  • Email: sb123@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 264
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16
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
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: Tuesdays: 14:00 to 15:00 (Term 2)
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 2)
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
Staff Silhouette 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
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays: 12:00 to 14:00
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: 284
  • 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: On Sabbatical (Term 2)
Dic Lo
Reader in Economics
Dic Lo China and globalisation; industrialisation; Soviet-type economic system and transformation; East Asian economic institutions and development; comparative political economy. China.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4532
  • Email: dl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 271
  • Office Hours: Mondays: 10:30 to 12:30 (Term 2)
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Term 1

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: Mondays: 13:30 to 15:00 Term 2 only
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:2015/16

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.

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 2pm-4pm
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Term 1

Matteo Rizzo
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
  • On Sabbatical:2015/16 Full academic year
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

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
  • Office Hours: Mondays: 09:00 to 11:00
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: Thursdays: 10:00 to 12:00

Elisa Van Waeyenberge
Lecturer in Economics
Staff Silhouette 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: On Leave during Term 2 and 3
Ulrich Volz
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Head of Department
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.
Terence J. Byres
Emeritus Professor of Economics
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Machiko Nissanke
Professor of Economics
Emeritus 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
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Emeritus Professor of Economics, SOAS, and Visiting Senior Fellow in Development Studies, University of Cambridge


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

Hardy Hanappi
Professorial Research Associate
Hardy Hanappi

Political economy of Europe and global economic policy; macroeconomic simulation models; agent based simulations; evolutionary economics; evolution of central and south-east Europe.


Marzia Fontana
Research Associate
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Ralph Paprzycki
Research Associate
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John Toye
Professorial Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

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


Michael White
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Senior Teaching Fellows

Randa Alami
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
Jennifer Churchill
Jennifer Churchill
  • Tel: 020 7898 4284
  • Email: js75@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 568
  • Office Hours: Friday: 10:00 to 12:00 (Term 2)

Fusun Erginbilgic
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Majid Kazemi
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4730
  • Email: mk99@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 274
  • Office Hours: Fridays: 10:00 to 12:00 (Term 2 only)

Lorena Lombardozzi
Staff Silhouette
Ivan Mendieta Munoz
Senior Teaching Fellow
Ivan Mendieta Munoz

Research Interests:  Economic Growth and Business Cycle Fluctuations, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Monetary Policy and Income Distribution and Economic Development in Latin America.  

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4542
  • Email: im22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 282
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays: 14:00 to 16;00

Ramin Nassehi
Senior Teaching Fellow
Ramin Nassehi
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4542
  • Email: rn26@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 282
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays: 10am - 12pm
Omid Rahmani
Staff Silhouette
  • Room: 274
  • Office Hours: Thursdays: 1-2pm, 3-4pm (Term 2 only)

Teaching Fellows

Nadir Cheema
Teaching Fellow, Economics Department, SOAS
Nadir Cheema

Collin Constantine
Collin Constantine

Collin Constantine is a PhD student in Economics at Kingston University. His research interests include institutions, inequality, macroeconomics, Post-Keynesian economics, development economics and political economy. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Development Economics from SOAS, University of London. Also, he is a recipient of the Professor Clive Thomas Award from the University of Guyana in 2013 and a PhD studentship from Kingston University in 2015.



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Administrative Staff

Nathifa Hall-Ezea
Department Manager
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Andy Chavez Ocana
Department Officer (Student) - Part-time
Andres Chavez Ocana Front Desk office hours - Mon 1:30pm - 5pm, Tues 8am - 4pm, Wed 9am - 5pm
Economics office hours - Mon 9am - 12:30pm, Thurs 8am - 4pm, Fri 9am - 5pm

Monwara Seetul
Department Officer (Student)
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Jeanne Spencer
Department Officer (Academic)
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