Speaker biographies

Philip Arestis

Philip Arestis is University Director of Research, Cambridge Centre for Economics and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK; Professor of Economics, Universidad del País Vasco, 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. He is Chief Academic Adviser to the UK Government Economic Service (GES) on Professional Development in Economics. He has published as sole author or editor, as well as co-author and co-editor, a number of books, contributed in the form of invited chapters to numerous books, produced research reports for research institutes, and has published widely in academic journals.

Terry Barker  Terry Barker is Director of the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), University of Cambridge, as well as Chairman of Cambridge Econometrics. 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.

Dr Andrew Brown  Dr Andrew Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC) in Leeds University Business School. With colleagues in CERIC, he has published widely on the issue of job quality. His publications include the 2006 DTI report Changing Job Quality in Great Britain 1998 – 2004. His other research interests include realist methodology, political economy and the economics of the euro.

Prof Jing Chen

Prof Jing Chen developed a unified economic theory of life and human societies from the physical laws. A systematic introduction of the theory can be found in his 2005 book, The Physical Foundation of Economics: An Analytical Thermodynamic Theory. This new economic theory consists of three parts: Theory of production, theory of mind and theory of value. He holds a PhD degree in mathematics and is teaching finance at University of Northern British Columbia.
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Gary Dymski Prof Gary Dymski received his doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1987. He has been a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, and since 1991 has been a member of the economics department at the University of California, Riverside. In 2003-09 he served as founding director of the University of California’s academic/policy center in Sacramento. Gary’s most recent books are Capture and Exclude: Developing Nations and the Poor in Global Finance (Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2007), co-edited with Amiya Bagchi, and Reimagining Growth: Toward a Renewal of the Idea of Development, co-edited with Silvana DePaula (Zed, London, 2005). His current research interests include: money, space, and inequality; the social and economic aspects of banking and finance; financial regulation and economic policy; financial fragility and financial exclusion; and the subprime and other financial crises.

Prof Korkut Erkut 

Prof Korkut Erturk is a professor of economics at the University of Utah where he was the Chair of the Economics Department for six years till 2008. He holds a Bachelor Degree from New York University and a PhD from the New School for Social Research. He has been a consultant to various UN agencies over the years and is the author of numerous articles in academic journals.

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 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.

Prof Teresa Ghilarducci 

Prof Teresa Ghilarducci is the Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz Professor in Economic Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research and the Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) in New York. She is the author of When I'm 65: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them, for Princeton University Press, which investigates the effect of pension losses on older Americans. Her book Labor's Capital: The Economics and Politics of Employer Pensions, MIT Press, won an Association of American Publishers award in 1992. She co-authored Portable Pension Plans for Casual Labor Markets in 1995. Ghilarducci publishes in referred journals and testifies frequently before the U.S. Congress. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr Geoff Harcourt 

Prof Geoff Harcourt was born in Melbourne in 1931 and is a graduate of Melbourne and Cambridge universities. He has taught mainly at Adelaide, where he is Professor Emeritus, and Cambridge, where he is Emeritus Reader in the History of Economic Theory and Emeritus Fellow at Jesus College. He has authored or edited 25 books and published over 230 papers in learned journals and edited volumes. He writes on Post-Keynesian theories and policies, intellectual biography, and the history of economic theory. His latest book, co-authored with Prue Kerr, is an intellectual biography of Joan Robinson.

Wendy Harcourt Dr Wendy Harcourt is a feminist activist researcher based in Rome, Italy. Her four edited books, many essays, articles and strategic reports have helped shape transnational feminist engagement in development. She is Editor of the journal Development and Senior Advisor at the Society for International Development.  Over the last two decades she has built up the journal to be one of the most honest and critical publications on development. She has been involved in transnational women’s movements since her student days and is an active member of Women in Development Europe.

Prof Dr. habil. Eckhard Hein 

Prof Eckhard Hein is a Professor of Economics, in particular European Economic Policies, at the Berlin School of Economics. Having studied economics at the University of Bremen and the New School for Social Research he graduated in Bremen in 1990. He was as a Junior Lecturer at the Free University of Berlin, where he completed his doctorate in 1996, and a Senior Lecturer at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, where he obtained his post-doctoral degree (Habilitation) in 2005. In 2001 he joined the Institute for Economic and Social Research (WSI), and in 2005 he became a Senior Researcher at the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) at Hans Boeckler Foundation. He was a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg and at Vienna University of Economics and BA.

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).

Alfonso Palacio-Vera Dr Alfonso Palacio-Vera is Lecturer in Economics at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. His research interests are in the areas of Post Keynesian Economics, Monetary Economics and Macroeconomics. He has published a number of papers in international academic journals including the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, the Review of Political Economy, the Eastern Economic Journal, the International Review of Applied Economics, the Journal of Economic Issues and Metroeconomica. He has also published some chapters in books published by Edward Elgar and Palgrave Macmillan.

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.

Prof Felipe Serrano 

Prof Felipe Serrano is Professor in Economics at the University of the Basque Country, in Bilbao, Spain. He is the head of the Department of Applied Economics V at the University of the Basque Country. His research interests are in the areas of social security, the welfare state, labour market, innovation, and economic policy. He is the author of a number of articles on those topics in edited books and in refereed journals such as Economies et Sociétés, Ekonomia, European Planning Studies, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, International Review of Applied Economics, and the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics.

Dr David Spencer 

Dr David Spencer is Senior Lecturer in Economics at Leeds University Business School, the University of Leeds. His main research interests lie in the areas of work and labour. He is also interested in job quality. He is author of The Political Economy of Work (Routledge), which draws upon and develops his research output to-date. His research interests are focused on the economics of work, the history of economic thought, and political economy. He has written on the nature and development of economic ideas on work, and has engaged with broader debates regarding work, including the labour process debate and theoretical and empirical analyses of the quality of work. Currently, he is involved in a joint research project investigating the changing nature of job quality in Britain. This research was funded by an initial grant from the DTI (now BERR) and has been widely referenced and reported. A central objective of his research is to champion the case for 'political economy'. He is particularly concerned to develop a 'political economy of work'. He seeks to advance beyond the mainstream economic analysis of work and demonstrate the advantages of perspectives from outside mainstream economics. His research is interdisciplinary and aims to build bridges between economics and the other social sciences. He has published extensively across his core interests in leading scholarly journals.

Prof Irene van Staveren

Prof Irene van Staveren is Associate Professor of Feminist Development Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdamplease see: http://www.iss.nl/iss/profile/AC1222




Prof Englebert Stockhammer

Prof Engelbert Stockhammer is Professor at the School of Economics, Kingston University. He is research associate at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and member of the coordination committee of the Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policy. His research areas include macroeconomics, applied econometrics, and heterodox economics. He has worked extensively on the determinants of European unemployment, the demand effects of changes in income distribution, and the macroeconomics effects of financialization. He has published numerous articles and the book 'The rise of unemployment in Europe' (Edward Elgar, 2004).

Achim Truger

Dr Achim Truger is a senior economist at the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) at Hans Böckler Foundation in Düsseldorf, Germany where he is responsible for the Public Finance and Tax Policy unit. He studied economics at Cologne University where he graduated in 1992. In 1993-99 he was research associate at the Department of Public Finance and the Public Finance Research Institute at Cologne University. He received his doctoral degree in 1997. In 1999-2004 he worked as senior economist at the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) at the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, Dueseldorf before he joined the IMK in 2005.
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