SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Ms Christina Laskaridis

BA (York) MSc (SOAS University of London)
  • Teaching
  • Research


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Ms Christina Laskaridis
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Debt Sustainability in Theory and Practice (working title)
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Christina Laskaridis is PhD candidate in Economics at SOAS, University of London working on debt crisis resolution with an emphasis on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Christina was a Research Fellow at Duke University’s Center for the History of Political Economy. Area interests include Sub Saharan Africa, the Franc Zone, and Ethiopia. Christina also works on the political economy of the Eurozone crisis, in particular on matters relating to institutional governance reform, fiscal, monetary and debt policy. Christina is one the historians of economics helping to produce the podcast Ceteris Never Paribus, and co-convenes the The Politics of Economics seminar series at the University of Cambridge.

PhD Research

The thesis examines how debt crisis resolution initiatives have evolved over the nineteenth and twentieth century with an emphasis on the post war period and the role of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The thesis provides a framework regarding the emergence and evolution of debt sustainability, examining the interaction between policy initiatives, theoretical developments and measurement tools.


- (2019) Global liquidity, private actors and debt sustainability across Sub Saharan Africa, with B. Bonizzi and J. Toporowskit, Development and Change DOI:10.1111/dech.12507.
- (2019) Financial balances and the development of the Ethiopian Economy, with K. Coutts in The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy, edited by F. Cheru, C. Cramer and A. Oqubay, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- (2017) The Franc Zone: Can the operations account mechanism survive the push for financial deepening? in Financialization and the Economy, edited by A. Gemzik-Salwach and K. Opolski, London: Routledge.
- (2016) A Bicentenary Review of Ricardo’s ’Proposals for an Economical and Secure Currency’, History of Economics Review 2016 65:1, 2-14, DOI: 10.1080/10370196.2016.1266727.
- (2014) Greece: Europe’s worst success story in Europe on the Brink, London: Zed Books. Translated into Portuguese, Spanish and forthcoming in Greek; reviewed in Review of Keynesian Economics, 2015, vol. 3:3, pp 433-437.

In print and under review
- (Forth) Ricardo and his contemporaries on the national debt and monetary reform, invited
submission for special issue Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology (in print)
- (Forth) Historical perspectives on odious debt (co-authored) in International Handbook of Financialization, edited by P. Mader, D. Mertens and N. Van der Zwan, London: Routledge. (in print)
- (R&R) The IMF’s Debt Sustainability Template
- (R&R) The 1859 International Financial Commission Report on Greek public debt, with A.

Working papers
- (2016) Financial Sector Development in the context of the Franc Zone, with J. Toporowski
FESSUD Working Paper Series, No. 158, March 2016, EU.
- (2015) EU Development Policy and the promotion of the private sector, with J. Toporowski and B. Bonizzi FESSUD Working Paper Series, No. 120, September 2015, EU.
- (2015) Developing countries external debt and international financial integration, with J.
Toporowski and B. Bonizzi FESSUD Working Paper Series, No. 121, September 2015, EU."



  • 2019 History of Economics Society, Columbia University
  • 2019 IIPPE, Sciences Po, Lille
  • 2018 The History of Economic Thought Society, University of Oxford
  • 2017 UNCTAD, International Conference on Debt Management, YSI session, UN Palais des Nations, Geneva
  • 2017 Royal Economic Society, Annual Conference, University of Bristol


  • The Politics of Economics seminar series, University of Cambridge.
  • Center for the History of Political Economy, Duke University
  • Ceteris Never Paribus: The History of Economic Thought Podcast
  • The History of Economic Thought Society


  • Macroeconomics

  • Economic Development of Africa

  • History of Economic Thought

  • Preliminary Economic Analysis


  • Development Economics
  • International Financial Institutions
  • Macroeconomics
  • Economic History
  • History of Economics
  • Nineteenth century debt and monetary debates