Economics for Everyone

The conference returns

16th-17th April 2016, Manchester, UK

conference Speakers

The 2016 conference featured economists from around the world
  • John holds the Hallsworth Chair in Political Economy at the University of Manchester, where he is also the director of the Political Economy Institute and director of the Political Economy MA. His research interests lie in the relationship between economics and philosophy, the ethical limits of markets and environmental policy; advocating that new economic models must be ecologically sustainable. Recent publications include chapter contributions to the Handbook of Ecological Economics (2015) and the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (2015).

    John O’Neill (Economic History)
  • Pat is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. A Gramscian Marxist economist, he is most interested in industrial economics, critiquing the Austrian school and theory of entrepreneurship, and well-known for his concern over the demise of pluralism in economic academia. He and collaborator Fikret Adaman, are also notable for their proposal of a socialist model for the economy; see their ‘Participatory Planning as a Deliberative Democratic Process: A Response to Hodgson’s Critique’ (2001) for ensuing debate over the idea.

    Pat Devine (Economic History)
  • Anne is Associate Dean of Research in the School of Humanities and Head of Subject for History at the University of Hertfordshire. She came to academia after working in the City for twelve years trading derivatives, and her research focuses on early modern financial markets, investment behaviour, and the organisation and management of the Bank of England in the eighteenth century. Anne’s blog can be found here:

    Anne Murphy (Economic History)
  • Aashish is a Lecturer in Economic History at the University of Manchester. His research interests lie in the history of technology, the impact of standards and standardisation, and early modern Britain. Aashish’s recent publications include ‘Markets and Measurements in Nineteenth-Century Britain’ (2012) and his contribution of ‘Measurement and systems as market foundations’ to Manufacturing Markets by Glachant and Brousseau (2014).

    Aashish Velkar (Economic History)
  • Philipp is a Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Manchester. His areas of specialisation include economic history in eighteenth-century Scotland and the culture and anthropology of money and the economics of the German Reformation, as outlined in his introduction to the book ‘Martin Luther; On Commerce and Usury (1524)’ (2015), which he also edited.

    Philipp Rössner (Economic History)
  • Jim is a Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. He has published extensively on the historical political economy of modern Britain; including the rise and fall of the textile industries, re-examining processes of de-industrialisation, and the impact of international regulation and globalisation. His most recent book ‘Dundee and the Empire: Juteopolis 1850-1939’ was published in 2014.

    Jim Tomlinson (Economic History)
  • Christopher is a Lecturer in the Economic History of Globalisation at the University of Manchester. He is particularly interested in early twentieth-century Britain, trade, the inter-war years and how economists can also act as public intellectuals.

    Christopher Godden (Economic History)
  • Victoria Chick is Emeritus professor of economics at University College London, where she taught for nearly 40 years. Victoria is a Post Keynesian economist who is best known for her contributions to the understanding of Keynes’s General Theory and to the establishment of Post Keynesian economics in the UK and elsewhere.

    Victoria Chick (Economic History)
  • Francesco is a Research Professor of Economic History at the University of Turin and a member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. With a focus on the history of capitalism, Francesco is best known for his criticism of mainstream economics’ adherence to a neoliberal model, and advocates strongly for a more interdisciplinary approach to economic history. As outlined in his well-received book ‘The Poverty of Clio: Resurrecting Economic History’ (2011).

    Francesco Boldizzoni (Economic History)
  • Ralitza is a lecturer in Development Economics at the University of Manchester. Much of her on-going research focuses on food security, labour markets in developing countries and intergenerational transfers, especially in the context of Cote d’Ivoire and Malawi.

    Ralitza Dimova (Inequality)
  • Paula is the Professor in Organisations and Society at Manchester Business School. Her research and teaching interests lie in organising care, sociology of work and critical and psychodynamic explorations of how care is organised. She is an executive committee member of the Learned Society for the Study of Organising in Health Care (SHOC) in the Academy of Social Sciences.

    Paula Hyde (Inequality)
  • Mike is the co-director of the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics, and has long standing interests in social inequality. In his book Globalisation and Belonging, Mike looks at the middle class in Manchester and argues for that we can identify ‘the spatialisation of class.

    Mike Savage (Inequality)
  • Karel is a director at the Centre for Research on Socio Cultural Change, conducting research into financialization and financial innovation. He teaches trends in global business and management and recently co-authored The End of the Experiment, exploring the failure of a 30-year old experiment in subjecting the basics of everyday life to competition.

    Karel Williams (Inequality)
  • Richard Wilkinson is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, with his research focused on the societal impacts of income inequality. He is one of the authors of The Spirit Level, which argues that societies with more equal distribution of incomes have better health and fewer social problems. He is also a cofounder of the Equality Trust.

    Richard Wilkinson (Inequality)
  • Alessia is a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Manchester. Her research focus includes development economics, namely exploration of the determinants and impact of foreign aid, as examined in numerous articles, including her joint work ‘Selectivity on aid modality: Determinants of budget support from multilateral donors’ Review of International Organizations vol. 7(2) 2012.

    Alessia Isopi (Emerging Markets)
  • Daniela is an Associate Professor in Economics at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her main area of expertise is banking; including central bank practices, shadow banking activities and regulation, transnational banking, capital controls and IMF conditionality. Daniela’s most recent publication ‘A step too far? The European FTT on shadow banking’ Journal of European Public Policy 2015, is available here

    Daniela Gabor (Emerging Markets)
  • Rachel works in the New Economy in Practice team, on connecting the diverse elements of NEF’s work to support a movement towards systemic economic change at local and regional level. Rachel’s focus area include community economic development policy and practice, as well as regional political economy and strategy. Before joining NEF, Rachel worked on UK child poverty and welfare policy and programmes within Save the Children, in a variety of roles. Her work spanned policy, advocacy and campaigning, including managing 4in10, the London Child Poverty Network. Prior to this, Rachel worked in the refugee community development sector in Manchester on organisational capacity building, community campaigning, and welfare advice projects.

    Rachel (Devolution)
  • Steve Keen is an Australian-born, British-based economist and author. He considers himself a post-Keynesian, criticising neoclassical economics as inconsistent, unscientific and empirically unsupported. Keen’s full-range critique of neoclassical economics is contained in his book Debunking Economics.

    Steve Keen (Debt)
  • Engelbert Stockhammer is a Professor of Economics at Kingston University. His main area of expertise is in macroeconomics – that is, economy-wide phenomena such as changes in unemployment, national income, financial stability, rate of growth, gross domestic product, inflation, price levels, financial stability, income distribution and monetary policiies. He is able to talk about the Euro, and was an invited speaker at the European Parliament when he addressed a meeting about the  Euro Crisis. Most recently he addressed the London Assembly Economy Committee on low pay and the living wage.

    Engelbert Stockhammer (Debt, Economic History)
  • Ian Lance attended Loughborough University where he gained a degree in economics with economic and social history. Ian started his career in 1989 with Sun Alliance before joining Legal and General in 1990. He moved to Gartmore in 1995 and after five years he joined Citigroup. Ian joined New Star in 2005, and two years later moved to Schroders. He currently works at RWC having joined in September 2010. Ian has been managing funds for well over 20 years. Outside of fund management he enjoys rugby and walking.

    Ian Lance (Debt)
  • Ehsan Masood is a science writer, journalist and broadcaster. He is the editor of Research Fortnight[1] and teaches international science policy at Imperial College London. Masood has also written for Prospect magazine and, as well as The Times, The Guardian and Le Monde. He is a trustee of Leadership for Environment and Development and also advises the British Council on science and on cultural relations. Ehsan Masood is a regular contributor to Home Planet, an environmental affairs programme on BBC Radio 4 in the UK and a trustee of The Muslim Institute

    Ehsan Masood (Debt)
  • Özlem Onaran is Professor of Economics at the University of Greenwich and the director of the Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre. She has done extensive research on issues of inequality, wage-led growth, employment, globalization, gender, and crises. She has directed research projects for the International Labour Organisation, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Foundation of European Progressive Studies, the Vienna Chamber of Labour, the Austrian Science Foundation, and Unions21.

    Özlem Onaran (Debt, Emerging Markets)
  • Jo Michell is currently a Lecturer in Economics at the University of the West of England. Before joining university of west England he completed a PhD in economics SOAS, University of London and an MSc in Development Economics SOAS. He is an expert in the areas of Macroeconomics; Money, banking and finance; Financialisation; Development; Income distribution and History of economic thought. Jo has an interest in China.

    Jo Michell (Debt)
  • Phil joined the School of Business in 1999 as Senior Lecturer in Economics, was appointed Reader in 2002 and was awarded a personal Chair in 2006.
    He is currently active in various professional bodies and undertakes research and consultancy for government, corporations and charitable bodies, advising on various aspects of economic policy and European integration. Phil is a Director of the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research. Phil is also a part of the campaign “Economists for Britain” a group of economists who want to see fundamental changes made to the terms of our EU membership.

    Prof. Phil B Whyman (EU)
  • Raoul Ruparel is Co-Director at Open Europe. He is also a contributing author for Forbes, where he write on EU issues; the Eurozone crisis; central banking and macroeconomics. 

Over the past years Raoul has been at the forefront of analysing crucial issues around Europe. He has led Open Europe’s research into the Eurozone crisis, helping to advise governments and corporations on how to deal with the crisis as well as the potential institutional and regulatory response. He has also worked extensively on issues relating to EU trade and economic prosperity, as well as the economic impacts of hot political topics such as migration. 

    Raoul Ruparel (EU)
  • Dr Andrew Lilico is Executive Director and Principal of Europe Economics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs and Chairman of the IEA/Sunday Times Monetary Policy Committee. At Europe Economics he has worked extensively on major finance and regulatory questions, for clients such as the European Commission, UK government departments and regulators, industry associations and large firms. He is a frequent contributor in the UK and international media on economic and financial matters, appearing on programmes such as Newsnight, the Today Programme, Sky News, CNBC and Bloomberg.

    Dr Andrew Lilico (EU)
  • Pia Hüttl is an Affiliate Fellow at Bruegel a European think tank specializing in economics. Prior to this, Pia worked as a Trainee in the Monetary Policy Stance Division of the European Central Bank, and as a Blue Book Stagiaire at the Monetary policy, Exchange rate policy of the euro area, ERM II and Euro adoption Unit of DG ECFIN. Her research interests include Macroeconomics, International Economics and European political economy.

    Pia Hüttl (EU)
  • Frances Coppola currently one of the most prominent writers on the subject of banking, finance and economics generally. Frances worked in banking for 17 years and did an MBA at Cass Business School in London, where she specialized in financial risk management. She is the author of the Coppola Comment finance & economics blog, which is a regular feature on the Financial Times’s Alphaville blog and has been quoted in The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Guardian. Frances is also an Associate Editor at the online magazine Pieria and a frequent commentator on financial matters for the BBC.

    Frances Coppola (EU)
  • Sakir is a lecturer in economics at Kingston University; he was formerly a lecturer in macroeconomics at the University of Manchester, where he ran the infamous bubbles, panics and crashes course. His recent reseach areas include the Eurozone crisis and the dynamics of public debt.

    Sakir Devrim Yilmaz (EU)
  • Gabriel joined the Politics DA as Lecturer in Politics in 2012 from Oxford Brookes University, where he was previously a Lecturer in International Political Economy. His research and teaching interests sit at the interface of European and International Political Economy, where he focuses on issues relating to trade and development politics (including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), the EU’s role as a global actor, constructivism and responses to the Financial and Eurozone Crises.

    Gabriel Siles-Brugge
  • Vicky was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service . Before that she was Partner at London Economics and Partner and Chief Economist at KPMG after holding senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. Vicky has published numerous books including “Greekonomics” which provides a valuable insight into the causes and possible solutions to the Eurozone crisis.


About US

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“Economics for Everyone” is a conference at the University of Manchester. It isn’t a typical conference where you go along to watch some experts speak, ask a question and go home. We have designed events to be interactive, more like a conversation than a lecture. We want to create a forum which is accessible to everyone, that starts conversations between people who would never normally meet and most importantly which is fun and stimulating.

We believe that all citizens in the UK must have a basic knowledge of economics and the confidence to use it both as a requirement for democracy to function effectively and for our own wellbeing. Understanding a bit about economics and fostering a civil society in which it is vigorously discussed can help us feel more in control of our lives.

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