Department of Economics

Professor Ben Fine

Key information

Department of Economics Emeritus Professor of Economics Food Studies Centre Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre Centre of African Studies Member Research Cluster Member Research Cluster Member Research Cluster Member Research Cluster Member
BA, BPhil (Oxon), PhD (London)
Russell Square: College Buildings
Email address


Ben Fine is Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I have (co)authored or edited over thirty books and published over 250 articles covering a wide range of economic theory, economic and social policy, development economics, political economy and the history of economic thought, with a strong intellectual commitment to interdisciplinarity. Different books were awarded the Gunnar Myrdal and Deutscher Prizes in 2009. My SOAS area of speciality is South Africa. I served as a founding member of the Social Science Research Committee of the UK’s Food Standards Agency and chaired the Working Group on Reform of Slaughterhouse Controls. I was an expert witness at the Sizewell B Nuclear Power Inquiry, and served as one of four international expert advisors on President Mandela’s 1995/96 South African Labour Market Commission. I was Research Editor at the Industry and Employment Branch of the Greater London Council, and have advised UNDP, UNRISD, UNDESA, UNCTAD, Oxfam and other progressive organisations including trade unions and civil society organisations. I am Chair of the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy, IIPPE,

Research interests

South Africa, Heterodox Economics, History of Economic Thought, Financialisation, Social Policy, Consumption, Social Capital

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Miss Olayinka Babalola Structural Transformation in the Technology Service Sector in Nigeria
Julia Ngozi Chukwuma The Political Economy of Social Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria
Hongseok Ryu Finanalisation of housing in South Korea


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