Department of Economics

Professor Machiko Nissanke

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Department of Economics Professor of Economics Japan Research Centre Emeritus Research Associate
MSc (Moscow), MSc, PhD (London)
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Machiko Nissanke is Emeritus Professor of Economics at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. 

She taught at SOAS since early 1990s to 2015 at the Department of Economics, mostly focusing on two graduate courses in International Economics and Financial Economics. She also contributed to teaching a part of the undergraduate course of the Japanese Economy since 1868 for a few years before retirement in 2015. 

She previously worked at University of Oxford, Birkbeck College, University College London, and was Research Fellow of Nuffield College and the Overseas Development Institute, UK. She published 14 authored and edited books, and numerous book chapters as well as papers in leading international academic journal articles in the fields of international economics, financial Economics and Development Economics. Her books since 2010 include Commodities, Governance and Economic Development under Globalization, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010; The Poor under Globalization in Asia, Latin America and Africa, Oxford University Press, 2010; and Aid as Handmaiden for the Development of Institutions, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2013. 

After retirement in 2015, she continued supervision of a few PhD students until 2019 and published two edited book, Poverty Reduction in the Course of African Development, Oxford University Press, 2017 and Palgrave Handbook in Development Economics: Critical Reflections on Globalisation and Development, in which she contributed three major chapters on the themes of Globalisation and Development as well as Aid-Debt-Growth Debate. Since the publication, the Handbook has been used globally as a main reference book in graduate courses in Development Economics. Throughout her career, she served as consultant/advisor to various international organisations as well global research networks and directed several major international research programs.

Before the retirement, she held a position of visiting scholar and academics in Europe, US, and Asia. She has served as reviewer for several international academic journals and publishing houses. To date she has been continuing her research on the themes of Globalization and Development, and the future research agenda for development economists. 

Research interests

  • International Economics (trade and finance)
  • Finance and Development
  • North-South Economic Relations and South-South Economic Cooperation
  • Comparative Development Experience in Asia and Africa
  • Globalisation, Inequality and Poverty


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