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Contributors Biographies

Philip Arestis

PHILIP ARESTIS  is Professor and University Director of Research, Cambridge Centre for Economics and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK. Professor of Economics, Department of Applied Economics V, Universidad Del País Vasco, Spain. Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Utah, US. Research Associate, Levy Economics Institute, New York, US. Visiting Professor, Leeds Business School, University of Leeds, UK. Professorial Research Associate, Department of Finance and Management Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. He was awarded the British Hispanic Foundation ‘Queen Victoria Eugenia’ award (2009-2010). Also awarded the ‘homage’ prize for his contribution to the spread of Keynesian Economics in Brazil by the Brazilian Keynesian Association (AKB), 15 August 2013. He served as Chief Academic Adviser to the UK Government Economic Service (GES) on Professional Developments in Economics (2005-2013). He has published widely in academic journals, and he is, and has been, on the editorial board of a number of economics journals.

Andrew Cumbers


ANDREW CUMBERS is Professor of Regional Political Economy at the University of Glasgow. He has previously worked at Universities of Durham, Middlesex and Aberdeen. He has held visits at Universities of Cologne and Frankfurt and the Leibniz Institute for Urban and Regional Planning in Berlin. He has written extensively on local and regional development and more recently on economic democracy and alternative economic strategies. He is currently principal investigator for ‘Global Remunicipalisation and the post neo-liberal turn’, funded by the European Research Council, and has been recipient of many research grants. He is editor in chief of the journal Urban Studies, and has served on the editorial board of Work, Employment and Society. His 2012 book Reclaiming Public Ownership: Making Space for Economic Democracy won the Myrdal Prize from the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy. His forthcoming book The Case for Economic Democracy is scheduled for publication in 2020.

  Simon Deakin

SIMON DEAKIN a professor of law and director of the Centre for Business Research at Cambridge University.  Simon Deakin specialises in the study of labour, private and company law from an interdisciplinary and empirical perspective.  His books include The Law of the Labour Market: Industrialization, Employment and Legal Evolution (2005, with Frank Wilkinson), and Hedge Fund Activism in Japan: The Limits of Shareholder Primacy (2012, with John Buchanan and Dominic Heesang Chai).  He has recently been an investigator on ESRC-funded projects exploring the relationship between law and development, in the course of which he carried out fieldwork in China, Russia, South Africa and India.  His current projects include work funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund on the effects of conflict in terms of health in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  He is also researching on the impact of digital technologies in labour markets and legal systems.

 Liliana Harding

LILIANA HARDING is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of East Anglia School of Economics, UK.  Convener of the East of England Migration Research Network; member of the Applied Econometrics and Finance research group; the Environment, Resources and Conflict research group; the University of Sanctuary steering group.  Economics Network Associate, UK.  Guest Lecturer at the West University of Timisoara, Romania; Associate of East-European Center for Research in Economics and Business (ECREB). She was honorary consul of Romania in Scotland (2008-2010), board member of Grampian Racial Equality Council, and lecturer in Economics Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Postgraduate studies at the University of the West of England, the London School of Economics (Political Economy of Transition in Europe) and the University of Oxford (PPE).  Worked for the Directorate of Employment and Social Affairs - the European Commission, Brussels and the Regional Co-operation Partnership Banat-Romania, Nordrhein-Westfalen-Germany.   Has published work on the economics and political economy of migration, and European emerging markets. She is engaged with regional and urban development and the economics of the public arts and culture, as academic advisor for Timisoara European Capital of Culture 2021. 

 Louise Haagh

LOUISE HAAGH is Professor in Politics at the University of York. Her work looks at problems relating to social and economic justice, the ethics and politics of development, comparative capitalism and welfare states, and human development ethics and governance. A particular interest is the link between institutions and well-being and in the formative role of motivational theories and statistical measurement in comparative public policy. Louise has designed and carried out surveys on institutions of representation, and economic security and well-being in middle-income countries. More recently, her work centres on governing properties of comparative welfare state evolution, with a contemporary focus on Anglo-Liberal and Nordic states. She has acted as expert on economic security for a range of international organisations, including the World Bank, the Council of Europe, the World Health Organisation, and the Organisation of American States. She is chair of the Basic income Earth Network, a global educational charity based in the UK, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and patron of the Citizens Basic Income Trust.

Yiannis Kitromilides

YIANNIS KITROMILIDES is an Associate Member of the Cambridge Centre of Economic and Public Policy, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. He has previously taught at the University of Greenwich, the University of Westminster, the University of Middlesex and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The focus of his teaching and his main research interests have been and still are in the areas of European Monetary Integration, Reform of Banking, Economics of Climate Change and the Political Economy of Economic Policy-making. He has published papers in journals, contributed to edited books and has published books. His most recent publications include papers on the political economy of the austerity strategy, Greece and the Eurozone crisis, Technocracy and public policy-making, political economy aspects of ‘Brexit’ (his most recent published paper is on this aspect), and the EU and the UK after ‘Brexit’ from a Political economy dimension.

Richard Lewney


RICHARD LEWNEY is Chair of Cambridge Econometrics where he has worked since 1988, applying its macro-sectoral econometric models to policy issues. For the past four years, he has directed two major research projects for DG Energy to improve the methods of modelling the macroeconomic impacts of low-carbon policies. These have included a better treatment of the roles played by finance and innovation, of regional and income distribution impacts, and of the relevance of other megatrends to the low-carbon transition. Over 2017-18 he directed projects for the European Climate Foundation examining (i) the technological costs and economic impacts of alternative pathways to a net-zero GHG emissions European economy by 2050 and (ii) the economic impacts of decarbonising road freight and car transport. He has directed an assessment of the sectoral implications for jobs of meeting the 2020 energy and CO2 targets and of policies designed to respond to these impacts (for DG Employment & Social Affairs). Also, a modelling analysis of the economic impact of the impact of environmental degradation to inform an assessment of the role that environmental risk factors could play in sovereign credit risk assessments (for the UNEP Finance Initiative).

 Malcolm Sawyer MALCOLM SAWYER is now Emeritus Professor of Economics, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, UK. He has been the principal investigator for the European Union funded (8 million euros) five year research project Financialisation, Economy, Society and Sustainable Development, involving 15 partner institutions across Europe and more widely (www.fessud.eu). He was the managing editor of International Review of Applied Economics for over three decades, and has served on the editorial board of a range of journals and is editor of the series New Directions in Modern Economics published by Edward Elgar. He has published widely in the areas of post Keynesian and Kaleckian economics, fiscal and monetary policies, industrial economics and the UK and European economies. He has authored 12 books, the most recent being Can the Euro be Saved? (Polity Press, 2017). He has edited over 30 books including the annual series International Papers in Political Economy (with Philip Arestis). He has published well over 100 papers in refereed journals and contributed chapters to over 100 books. 

Ahmad Seyf AHMAD SEYF is currently teaching at the Department of Economics at the New College of the Humanities. He has also taught at Staffordshire University and the University of Boston’s London campus. His main research interests are International Business Economics, Globalisation and the Economic and Social History of the Middle East, and Economic Policies. He is a bilingual writer having written extensively on Iran, his country of birth. His recent publications include, The Economy of Iran Under Ahmadinejad, H&S Media, 2012; Crisis in Despotism, Ameh Press, Tehran, 2014; Capitalism and Democracy, Mazmoon Book, Tehran 2016, The Great Recession, an Iranian View, Tehran, Mazmoon book, 2017, The Global Financial Crisis, an Iranian View, Tehran, Mazmoon book, 2017, An Introduction to Political Economy at the Age of Globalisation, Nashr Negah, Tehran, 2016, The Political Economy of Iran from a Distance, Nashr Kargadan, Tehran, 2017 and, On the Negation of Neoliberalism, Tehran, Hezareh Sevvom, 2018.

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