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Department of Economics

Economics Department Staff

Head of Department

Professor Chris Bramall

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Paulo dos Santos 

Taught Masters Degrees (MSC) Admissions Tutor

Professor Massoud Karshenas

Research Degrees (MPHIL/PHD) Admissions Tutor

Professor Ben Fine and Deborah Johnston

Postgraduate Convenors

Dr Ulrich Volz (Graduate Diploma)
Professor Mushtaq Khan (MSC Development Economics)
Dr Matteo Rizzo (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 Costas Lapavitsas (MSC Finance and Development)
Professor Mushtaq Khan (MSC Political Economy of Development)                                                

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

Dr Matteo Rizzo and Dr Elisa Van Waeyeberge (MSC Research for International Development)

Research Tutors

Professor Ben Fine and Dr Deborah Johnston

Ozlem Arpac Arconian
Lecturer in Economics
Ozlem Arpac Arconian

International finance and development; the effectiveness of IMF and World Bank assisted programmes; political economy of reform in developing countries; discrete choice econometrics. Teaching interests include macroeconomics, development economics, applied econometrics.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4283
  • Email: oa9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 283
  • Office Hours: On leave 2013/14
Robert F Ash
Professor of Economics with reference to China and Taiwan
Bob Ash China’s economic development in the 20th and 21st centuries (especially agricultural and rural change, demographic and employment issues, consumption and living standards); evolution of ‘Greater China’; economic development of Taiwan and cross-Strait economic relations
  • Tel: 020 7898 4525
  • Email: ra2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 267
  • Office Hours: By appointment

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: Wednesdays 9:30am-11:30am
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
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am - 1pm

Anne Booth
Professor of Economics with reference to Asia
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.
Chris Bramall
Professor of Economics
Head of Department
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: 0207 898 4616
  • Email: cb81@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 275
  • Office Hours: Open door policy

Deepita Chakravarty
Lecturer in Economics of South Asia
Staff Silhouette

Labour market behaviours in developing countries with a focus on South Asia, Gender questions, Development issues related to industry and services, Industrial organization.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4517
  • Email: dc17@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 478
  • Office Hours: Fridays 12pm - 2pm
Ourania Dimakou
Lecturer in Economics
Staff Silhouette

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

  • Tel: 0207 898 4556
  • Email: od1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 265
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3.30pm-5.30pm

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: 020 7898 4527
  • Email: bf@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 278
  • On Sabbatical:On leave terms 1 & 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: 020 7898 4537
  • Email: jh66@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 281
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 12.30pm-2.00pm
Peter Ho
Professor of Economics
Peter Ho

China’s economics of development and transition with particular reference to property rights and institutions, agrarian change and land reform, sustainable development and environmental policy, green NGOs and environmentalism, technology, risk and society, rural and agricultural development, pastoralism, natural resource management, common property theory, privatization and decentralization.


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

  • Tel: 020 7898 4494
  • Email: dj3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 270
  • Office Hours: Mondays 12pm - 2pm
  • On Sabbatical:2013-2014
Massoud Karshenas
Professor of Economics
Staff Silhouette Middle East economics, Oil and economic development, Global poverty and growth, labour markets and structural adjustment.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4535
  • Email: mk@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 268
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12pm - 2pm

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: Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm

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: Thursdays 3pm - 5pm
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: 554
  • Office Hours: on leave
  • On Sabbatical:2013/14

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
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am - 11am & Thursdays 12pm - 1pm
Machiko Nissanke
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.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4542
  • Email: mn2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 282
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2pm - 4pm

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
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
  • Office Hours: By Appointment

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: 283
  • Office Hours: Term 2: Tuesdays 9am - 11am
Graham Smith
Reader in Economics
Graham Smith Emerging stock markets, financial futures, the markets for gold and other metals. Time series econometrics.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4543
  • Email: gs8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 280
  • Office Hours: Fridays 8.15am - 10.30am during teaching weeks

Jan Toporowski
Professor of Economics and Finance
Jan Toporowski

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

  • Tel: 0207 898 4737
  • Email: jt29@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 277
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-1pm
Ulrich Volz
Senior Lecturer in Development 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: 0207 898 4721
  • Email: uv1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4404
  • Office Hours: By Appointment

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: 0207 898 4284
  • Email: ew23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 568
  • On Sabbatical:On leave term 2

Research Associates

Terence J. Byres
Professorial Research Associate
Staff Silhouette
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.


Barbara Ingham
Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

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

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


Alessandro Vercelli
Professorial Research Associate
Staff Silhouette

Senior Teaching Fellows

Vincenzo De Lipsis
Senior Teaching Fellow
Staff Silhouette

Fusun Erginbilgic
Staff Silhouette
Vasos Pavlika
Senior Teaching Fellow
Vasos Pavlika
  • Tel: 020 7898 4818
  • Email: vp4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 283
  • Office Hours: Fridays 9:00am-11:00am

Pallavi Roy
Pallavi Roy

Political economy researcher and PhD candidate with ten years of experience covering policy, infrastructure and metallic commodities as a financial journalist in India. Experience also includes political economy research on south Asia as well as qualitative risk analysis, the latter while working for a business and political risk consultancy in London, as a region specialist.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4464
  • Email: pr16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4435
  • Office Hours: Friday 1-3pm

Teaching Fellows

Sandhya Balasubrahmanyam
Staff Silhouette






Graduate Teaching Assistants



Luke Harman
Luke Harman

Political economist interested in sustainable policy solutions for reducing hunger, malnutrition and improving health and wellbeing, specifically within sub-Saharan Africa. Particularly interested in drawing lessons from cross-disciplinary research as a means of improving awareness and understanding of complex socio-economic and political problems in low-income countries.


Sara Stevano
Staff Silhouette
Development and political economist working on labour markets, women’s work and household food outcomes in Mozambique, with an interdisciplinary approach.

Qingchao Wang
Qingchao Wang

A recheck of interaction between financial theory and Econometric methods


Department Manager

Nathifa Hall-Ezea
Department Manager
Staff Silhouette

Academic Support Office

Jeanne Spencer
Department Officer (Academic)
Staff Silhouette

Student Support Office

Monwara Seetul
Department Officer (Student)
Staff Silhouette