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Department of Economics

Economics Department Staff

Head of Department

Professor Chris Bramall

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Dr Ozlem Arpac Arconian 

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

Antonio Andreoni
Lecturer in Economics
Staff Silhouette

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: 0207 898 4107
  • Email: aa155@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 477
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays: 15:00 to 17:00 & Fridays: 15:00 to 16:00
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: Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00

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 from 11:00 to 13:00

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
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 11am - 1pm
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

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
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15: Term 1 and 2
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.

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 from 15:30 to 16:30

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: Thursdays from 09:00 to 11:00

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 from 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: 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
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15: On leave 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: 554
  • Office Hours: Term 1 Fridays from 11:30 to 13:00
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
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Mondays from 10:30 to 12:30

Ioana Negru
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Staff Silhouette

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: Thursdays from 05:00 to 17:00
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: Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30

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
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 from 11:00 to 13:00
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: 285
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays from 11:00 to 12:00 and 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
  • Office Hours: Term 1 on Wednesdays from 11:00 to 13:00

Postdoctoral Fellow

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.

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

Fusun Erginbilgic
Staff Silhouette
  • Email: fe3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 277
  • Office Hours: Thursdays from 12:00 to 13:00

Robert Jump
Robert Jump
  • Tel: 0207 898 4327
  • Email: rj9@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 474
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1pm - 3pm

Marco Pelliccia
Staff Silhouette

Teaching Fellows






Graduate Teaching Assistants




Qingchao Wang
Qingchao Wang

A recheck of interaction between financial theory and Econometric methods



Administrative Staff

Nathifa Hall-Ezea
Department Manager
Staff Silhouette
Monwara Seetul
Department Officer (Student)
Staff Silhouette

Jeanne Spencer
Department Officer (Academic)
Staff Silhouette