SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Economics Department Staff

Co-Heads of Department

Dr Elisa van Waeyenberge

Dr Hannah Bargawi

Director of Learning & Teaching (Curriculum & QA)

Dr Satoshi Miyamura

Director of Learning & Teaching (Student Experience & Engagement)

Mr Angelos Diamantopolous

Director of Research

Dr Yannis Dafermos

REF Co-ordinator

Dr Ulrich Volz

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Angelos Diamantopolous

Postgraduate (MA/MSc) Admissions Tutor

Elisa van Waeyenberge

Research Degrees (MPHIL/PHD) Admissions Tutor

Satoshi Miyamura

Sara Stevano

Programme Convenors / Tutors

UG Year 1 - Dic Lo

UG Year 2 - Hannah Bargawi

UG Year 3 - Risa Morimoto

UG BSc Economics / BSc Development Economics / BA Economics - Angelos Diamantopolous

Postgraduate Convenors
  • Sara Stevano (MSc Development Economics)
  • Yannis Dafermos (MSc Economics) 
  • Costas Lapavitsas (MSc International Finance and Development)
  • Tobias Franz (MSc Political Economy of Development)                                            
  • Risa Morimoto (MSc Environment and Development)
  • Costas Lapavitsas (MSc International Finance and Development)
  • Elisa van Waeyenberge (MA Economic Policy)
Research Tutor

Satoshi Miyamura

Sara Stevano 

ISP Tutor

Risa Morimoto

Dr Thereza Balliester Reis
Lecturer in Economics
Thereza Balliester Reis

Born in Brazil, I’ve lived in Argentina, US, Germany, France, Switzerland and Uganda before ending up in London. I am now waiting to defend my PhD in Economics titled “Financial inclusion, poverty and income inequality in low- and middle-income countries: a mixed-method investigation".

Dr Hannah Bargawi
Co-Head of Department
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Hannah Bargawi
Feminist Economics; Gender and Employment; Care and Social Reproduction; Aid, Debt and International Financial Institutions; Macroeconomic Policies and Employment; Commodities, Agriculture and Rural Development; Research Methods; Qualitative Methods; Middle East; Palestine; Jordan; Egypt; East Africa; Tanzania; Uganda.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4496
  • Email: hb19@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 278
  • Academic Support Hours: See below

Dr Yannis Dafermos
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Director of Research
Yannis Dafermos

Financial macroeconomics; Climate change and finance; Ecological macroeconomics; Shadow banking; Inequality.

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4619
  • Email: yd6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 272
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 1-3pm
Dr Sonali Deraniyagala
Lecturer in Economics
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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: 282
  • Academic Support Hours: On Leave 2019/20


Dr Tobias Franz
Lecturer in Economics
Tobias Franz

Political economy of institutions, elite politics and development, late industrialisation policies, productivity growth, regional economics, local economic development, developmentalist and post-development debates. Regional focus on Latin America with a special emphasis on Colombia.

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4312
  • Email: tf2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 283
  • Academic Support Hours: See below

Dr Surbhi Kesar
Lecturer in Economics
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Surbhi Kesar is a Lecturer in Development Economics in the Department of Economics. Her research interests are broadly in the fields of political economy and economic development, particularly focusing on informal economy, processes of structural transformation and capitalist transition in labour surplus less developed economies, issues of economic and social exclusion, identity, labour and work, and decolonised approaches to economics

Professor 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: 233
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave 2019/20

Professor Costas Lapavitsas
Professor of 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
  • Academic Support Hours: Research Leave Term Two - 21/22
  • On Sabbatical:On research leave in Term 2, 2021-22
Dr 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: +44 (0)20 7898 4532
  • Email: dl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 271
  • Academic Support Hours: tba
  • On Sabbatical:On research leave in Term 1, 2021-22

Dr Satoshi Miyamura
Senior Lecturer in the Economy of Japan
Director of Learning & Teaching (Curriculum & QA)
Director of Doctoral Studies
Doctoral Admissions Tutor
Doctoral Programme Convenor
Doctoral School Management Group -Member
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
  • Academic Support Hours: See below

Dr 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
  • Academic Support Hours: see below

Dr Gregor Semieniuk
Lecturer in Economics
Gregor Semieniuk

Growth and distribution; theory of competition; finance and innovation in the energy sector; Bayesian inference

  • Tel: 020 7898 4219
  • Email: gs53@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 264
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave in academic year 2019/20
Dr Sara Stevano
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Sara Stevano
Development economics and feminist political economy; labour; political economy of food and nutrition; households; development and economic policy; social reproduction theories; time use; poverty; mixed methods; primary data collection; Africa (Mozambique, Ghana, South Africa).
  • Email: ss129@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 270
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 3 - 5 (https://sarastevano.youcanbook.me)

Professor 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
  • On Sabbatical:Leverhulme Research Fellowship until Aug 2022
Dr Elisa Van Waeyenberge
Co-Head of Department
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Elisa van Waeyenberge
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: 281
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment

Professor Ulrich Volz
Reader in 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: +44(0) 207 898 4721
  • Email: uv1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 285
  • Academic Support Hours: tba

Emeritus Staff

Professor Robert F Ash
Emeritus Professor
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: S134
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment
Professor 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.

Professor Chris Bramall
Emeritus 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


Professor Ben Fine
Emeritus Professor of Economics
Ben Fine

I have been Professor of Economics at SOAS since 1992, having travelled the short distance from Birkbeck College where I was Professor of Economics, having been a founding member of the Department in 1972.

Dr Hassan Hakimian
Emeritus Professor of Economics
Hassan Hakimian

Human Resources; Demography; Trade Policy & Regional Integration; Energy and Natural Resources with reference to the MENA region.


Professor Jane Harrigan
Emeritus 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.
Professor Machiko Nissanke
Emeritus Professor of Economics
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.

Dr Graham Smith
Emeritus Professor of Economics
Graham Smith
Emerging stock markets, financial futures, the markets for gold and other metals. Time series econometrics.

Research Associates

Dr Antonio Andreoni
Research Associate
Antonio Andreoni

Production Structures and Capabilities; Learning, Organisations and Innovation; Automation and Robots; Industrial Ecosystems; Linkages, Diversification and Industrial Renewal; Financialisation of manufacturing; Political economy of industrial development; Role of the State; Political settlements and corruption; Structural Economic Dynamics; Global Policy; Industrial Policy.

Dr Kate Bayliss
Research Associate
Kate Bayliss

The impact of privatisation and commercialisation; public and private sector systems of provision; infrastructure development; utilities; role of domestic private sector in basic service delivery, equity impact of institutional and infrastructure reform. 


Dr Ha-Joon Chang
Professorial Research Associate
Ha-Joon Chang

Ha-Joon Chang is a Research Associate with the Department of Economics.


Mr Nobuya Haraguchi
Research Associate
Nobuya Haraguchi

Nobuya Haraguchi is Senior Research and Industrial Policy Officer at the Department of Policy, Research and Statistics of UNIDO in Vienna and Team Leader of the Research Group in the Department.


Professor Deborah Johnston
Professorial Research Associate
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

Professor Prof William Lazonick
Professorial Research Associate
William Lazonick

William Lazonick is President of the Academic-Industry Research Network and Professor Emeritus of Economics at University of Massachusetts Lowell. He has professorial affiliations with SOAS, University of London and Institut Mines-Télécom in Paris.




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