Speaker biographies


Dr Nigel Allington, Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy Research, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.

Philip Arestis

Prof Philip Arestis is Honorary Departmental Senior Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Economics and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, University
of Cambridge; Professor of Economics, University of the Basque Country, Spain; Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Utah, US; Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute, New York, US; Visiting Professor, Leeds Business School, University of Leeds, UK; and Professorial Research Associate, Department of Finance and Management Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. He was a member of the Economics and Econometrics RAE panel in 1996 and in 2001, and Quality Assessor for the quality assessment exercise in Economics of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, the Welsh Funding Councils and of the Higher Education Funding Council in England. He was a member of the Council of the Royal Economic Society (RES), Secretary of the RES Standing Conference of Heads of Department in Economics (CHUDE), and an elected member of the Executive Board of the Eastern Economic Association (EEA), USA. He is currently Vice-Chair of the ESRC-funded Macroeconomics, Money and Finance Research Group; also an elected member of the board of directors of the Association for Evolutionary Economics, US. He is Chief Academic Adviser to the UK Government Economic Service (GES) on Professional Developments in Economics. He has published as sole author or editor, as well as co-author and co-editor, a number of books, contributed invited chapters to numerous books, produced research reports for research institutes, and has published widely in academic journals.

Dr Terry Barker

Prof Terry Barker is Founder of the Cambridge Trust for New Thinking in Economics, Chairman of Cambridge Econometrics, and Departmental Senior Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He was a Co-ordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change´s Fourth Assessment Report in 2007. His research interests include systematic modelling of policies to achieve climate stabilisation.

Prof Luiz Fernando de Paula Prof Luiz Fernando de Paula is Professor of Economics at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and Researcher of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), both in Brazil .He is currently the Chairman of the Brazilian Keynesian Association (AKB). He has been Visiting Research Fellow at St Antony's College (2000-2001) and at the Centre for Brazilian Studies (2006), University of Oxford. He has published a lot of papers in books (chapters) and academic journals (Cambridge Journal of Economics, Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, ECLAC Review, International Review of Applied Economics, Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, etc.), and has edited (with Prof Arestis) Monetary Union in South America (Edward Elgar, 2003) and Financial Liberalization and Economic Performance in Emerging Countries (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). He is also author of Financial Liberalization and Economic Performance: Brazil at the Crossroads (Routledge, 2011). His research interests are in the areas of macroeconomic policy, monetary economics, banking, international financial flows and Post Keynesian economics.

Jesus Ferreiro 

Prof Jesus Ferreiro is Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Leeds and Associate Member of the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy, University of Cambridge. His research interests are in the areas of macroeconomic policy, labour markets, and international financial flows. He has published a number of articles on those topics in edited books and in refereed journals such as Economic and Industrial Democracy, Économie Appliquée, Ekonomia, European Planning Studies, International Journal of Political Economy, International Review of Applied Economics, and the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics.

Prof Valpy FitzGerald

Prof Valpy FitzGerald, is Head of the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. He is also Professorial Fellow of St Antony's College Oxford and Visiting Professor of International Finance at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. He has in recent years conducted advisory work for international agencies on: international investment regulation (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD); debt sustainability (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD); macroeconomic policy and children (United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF); and financial development (United Nations-Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN/DESA). His areas of expertise are: financial and trade linkages between industrial and developing countries; macroeconomics of Latin America; conflict and reconstruction; history of economic thought. He was educated at Oxford (PPE, BA 1968) and Cambridge (Economics, PhD 1972).

Prof Giuseppe Fontana Prof Giuseppe Fontana, is Professor of Monetary Economics at the University of Leeds (UK); Associate Professor at the Università del Sannio (Italy); Life Member Fellow at Clare Hall (University of Cambridge, UK); and Visiting Research Professor at the Centre for Full Employment and Price Stability (University of Missouri Kansas City, USA), and the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy (University of Cambridge, UK). In 2001 he was awarded the “Special Commendation for Outstanding Teaching” by the Economics Learning and Teaching Support Network, UK; he has recently been awarded the 2008 L.S. Shackle Prize, St Edmunds’ College, University of Cambridge (UK). He has published in numerous international journals, including the Cambridge Journal of Economics, the International Review of Applied Economics, the Journal of Economic Psychology, the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Metroeconomica, Revue d’Economie Politique, and the Scottish Journal of Political Economy. He has recently co-edited two books with Palgrave Macmillan and just published the monograph Money, Time, and Uncertainty with Routledge.

Dr John McCombie Dr John McCombie is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and Fellow in Economics, Downing College Cambridge. He is currently an editor of Spatial Economic Analysis and he was an editor of Regional Studies. His research interests include the study of national and regional growth disparities, EU regional policy, economic growth and the balance-of-payments constraint, and criticisms of the aggregate production function and conventional measures of the rate of technical progress. In 2007/8, he was a specialist advisor to the House of Lords European Union Sub-committee on Economic and Financial Affairs and International Trade, which examined EU regional policy. He has been an economic consultant to the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. His most recent co-edited books are Issues in Finance and Monetary Policy, Palgrave Macmillan (2007), The European Union: Current Problems and Prospects, Palgrave Macmillan (2007), and Economic Growth. New Directions in Theory and Policy Edward Elgar (2007).

Malcolm Sawyer 

Prof Malcolm Sawyer is Professor of Economics, University of Leeds, U.K, and formerly Pro-Dean for Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Business. He is managing editor of the International Review of Applied Economics and the editor of the series New Directions in Modern Economics, published by Edward Elgar. He is the author of 11 books and has edited 24, and has also contributed chapters to over 100. He has published 90 papers in refereed journals. His research interests are in macroeconomics, fiscal and monetary policy, the political economy of the European Monetary Union, nature of money, causes and concepts of unemployment, and the economics of Michal Kalecki.

Howard Stein 

Prof Howard Stein, is a Professor in the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan and also teaches in the Department of Epidemiology. He is the editor or author of more than a dozen books and collections and more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and reviews. He has published papers on subjects including foreign aid, finance and development, structural adjustment, health and development, institutional transformation and development, industrial policy, export processing zones, agricultural policy and rural property right transformation. His most recent monograph is 'Beyond the World Bank Agenda: An Institutional Approach to Development' (University of Chicago Press, 2008). His two forthcoming volumes are Good Growth and Governance in Africa: Rethinking Development Strategies (Oxford University Press) co-edited with Joseph Stiglitz, Akbar Noman, and Kwesi Botchway, and Gendered Insecurities, Health, and Development in Africa (Routledge) co-edited with Amal Fadlalla.

John Weeks

Prof John Weeks, is Professor Emeritus of the University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies), and occasional professor at Addis Ababa University and Kadir Haas University (Istanbul). He is author of many articles and numerous books, including A Critique of Neoclassical Macroeconomics (1989), which has been substantially re-written and will be pubished this year by Routledge as The Irreconcilable Inconsistencies of Neoclassicla Macroeconomics: A False Paradigm. He has recently advised the Central Bank of Kenya on revisions of its short-term forecasting model.

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