Speakers 2017

Mehmet Asutay

Durham University

Mehmet Asutay is a Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Political Economy & Finance at Durham University Business School. Furthermore, he is the Director of the Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance and the Managing Editor of the 'Review of Islamic Economics'. Professor Asutay holds a BA in Public Finance and an MSc in Public Finance from the University of Istanbul, a Postgraduate Diploma in Economic and Social Policy Analysis from the University of York, an MA in Economics of Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Political Economics from the University of Leicester. His research focuses on Islamic Political Economy, Islamic Moral Economy, Islamic Banking, Finance and Management and Political Economy of Development in the Middle East.

Alberto Botta

University of Greenwich

Dr. Botta is a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Greenwich. He holds a BA cum laude in Political Sciences from the University of Pavia and a Ph.D. in Economics of Production and Development from the University of Insubria. He has held assistant professor positions at the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, the Polytechnics University of Milan, the University of Insubria, the University of Pavia and the Institute of Advanced Studies of Pavia. Dr. Botta's research focuses on post-Keynesian macroeconomics which he applies to the problems of developing and emerging economies.

Maggie Chapman

University of Aberdeen

Maggie Chapman is co-convener of the Scottish Green Party and Chief Executive of the Scottish Council on Visual Impairment. She taught at Edinburgh Napier University for eight and a half years and is a former Edinburgh Councillor. Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, she moved to Scotland to study Zoology at Edinburgh University. She has previously worked for a Scottish women’s charity and in environmental management across Scotland. She is the rector of the University of Aberdeen since 2014. 

Victoria Chick

University College London

Victoria Chick is Professor Emeritus at the University College London (UCL). She holds both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was educated by Hyman Minsky. Professor Chick then went on to study at the London School of Economics. She critically evaluated the prevailing theories of Keynesianism and monetarism in her 1973 book “The Theory of Monetary Policy” and was a driving force in the development of the Post-Keynesian school of thought. Apart from that, she has also held positions at the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Neil Davidson

University of Glasgow

Neil Davidson is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow. He is author of 'The Origins of Scottish Nationhood' and 'Discovering the Scottish Revolution', and co-editor of 'Neoliberal Scotland'. He has published widely in journals including Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Capital and Class, Critique, Scottish Labour History and others. Among Neil's areas of research are theories of revolution and development since the Enlightenment, nationalism and ethnicity, the relationship between capitalist economy and the nation-state, neoliberalism, and right-wing social movements. He is interested in the Scottish aspect of all these themes. 

Sheila Dow

University of Stirling

Sheila Dow is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling and Convener of the Scottish Centre for Economic Methodology. Professor Dow obtained her undergraduate degree in Pure Mathematics from the University of St. Andrews before she went on to study for Masters in Economics at the University of Manitoba and receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow. Apart from her many academic appointments including at the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto, she has worked as an economist with the Bank of England and the Government of Manitoba and as an advisor on monetary policy to the UK Treasury Select Committee. She has published widely in the areas of methodology, the history of economic thought (especially Hume, Smith and Keynes), money and banking and regional finance.

Marion Dumas

Santa Fe Institute

Dr. Marion Dumas is currently the Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico. Her academic vita began with a BSc from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a major in environmental sciences and a minor in applied mathematics. Subsequently, Dr. Dumas received an MSc in Ecology and Evolution from ETH Zürich and went on to be an exchange scholar in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Following that, she obtained a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. In terms of research, Dr. Dumas works on establishing a comparative political economy of sustainable development.

Cristina Flesher Fominaya

University of Aberdeen

Dr. Cristina Flesher Fominaya is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Aberdeen. Her academic path commenced with a BA summa cum laude in International Relations from the University of Minnesota. Following this, Dr. Flesher Fominaya went on to obtain an MA and a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Aberdeen in 2009, she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Political Science in the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University. Her career has been crowned by many prizes and scholarships such as the Marie Curie IEF Fellowship and the Leo Lowenthal Prize for Outstanding Paper in Culture and Critical Theory awarded by the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Flesher Fominaya’s research centres around European and global social movement and politics.

Annina Kaltenbrunner

University of Leeds

Dr. Kaltenbrunner is a Lecturer of Economics of Globalisation and International Economy at the Leeds University Business School. Her academic career started with an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Following this, she obtained a postgraduate qualification in Economics from Birkbeck, University of London. Dr. Kaltenbrunner then went on to study for an MSc and a PhD in Development Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her research is centred around development economics, international finance, monetary economics, international political economy and heterodox economics and methodology.

David Kelly

former UK Oil & Gas Employee

David Kelly has worked in the UK Oil and Gas sector for more than 40 years. A “Subject Matter Expert” in the use of project management software for deterministic and probabilistic analysis, most of Tea owners and major contractors in the industry have had input from David for the installation of their systems, training of their engineers, creating their processes and auditing their procedures.

Jan Peter Loovers

University of Aberdeen

Jan Peter Loovers is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology. His research mainly focuses on environmental and socio-economic effects of mining and oil industries on the native population in Canada. He is also a member of the Arctic Domus project. The research concerns investigating the relationships between humans, dogs, fish, and caribou in the Canadian circumpolar North and the history of domestication in the Arctic. 

David Lusseau

University of Aberdeen

David Lusseau is a Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Aberdeen. His academic path commenced with a BSc in Marine Biology from the Euro-American Institute of Technology and a BSc in Marine Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology. After this, Prof. Lusseau obtained a PhD in Zoology from the University of Otago and later was a participant in the International Whaling Commission (IWC). His research interests include the causes and consequences of behavioural decisions and the evolution of social complexity.

Laurie Macfarlane

New Economics Foundation I openDemocracy

Laurie Macfarlane is Economics Editor at openDemocracy and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London. Prior to this he was Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation. He is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing.

Samantha May

University of Aberdeen

Dr. Samantha May is a Research Fellow in the department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. She obtained an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded doctorate at the University of Aberdeen in 2011 on Islamist ideologies and practices. Dr. May has also been Co-editor of a special edition for the journal 'Politics, Ideology and Religion' entitled "The Religious as Political and the Political as Religious: Globalization, Post-secularism and the Shifting Boundaries of the Sacred". Her research is centered around the relationship of politics and religion with a particular focus on Political Islam and Islamist movements. She is currently working on a Leverhulme funded project called 'Zakat in the UK: Islamic Giving, Citizenship and Government Policy'.

David McCausland

University of Aberdeen

Dr. W. David McCausland is a Professor of Economics and Head of the Economics Department at the Aberdeen University Business School. He obtained his first degree in Economics from the University of Hull, his Master's degree in Economics from the University of Warwick, and his Ph.D. from the University of Keele. Prior to his time in Aberdeen, Professor McCausland spent three years teaching at the University of Keele. Before that he was a Research Fellow, first at Warwick Research Institute, and then at Warwick Business School Research Bureau. His principal research interests are in the areas of open economy macroeconomic modelling, labour economics and the economics of health and wellbeing.

Cem Oyvat

University of Greenwich

Dr. Cem Oyvat is a Lecturer of Economics at the University of Greenwich. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research focuses on development economics, macroeconomics, international economics, income distribution and political economy. In cooperation with Professor Özlem Onaran, Dr. Oyvat has written a book chapter on “The political economy of inequality and boom-bust cycles in Turkey: before and after the great recession”, which has been published by Palgrave Macmillan UK. Currently, he is working on developing a gendered neo-Kaleckian macromodel.

Diane Perrons

London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr. Diane Perrons is a Professor of Economic Geography and Gender Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research interests are centred around the gender dimensions of economic inequality and the social and spatial implications of economic change, paying particular attention to economic crises, austerity politics and socially equitable recovery. Furthermore, Prof. Perrons is the co-director of the LSE Commission on Gender, Inequality and Power and on the management Committee of the Women’s Budget Group.

Elke Pirgmaier

University of Leeds

Elke Pirgmaier is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Leeds, where she is part of the Applied Institute of Research in Economics (AIRE). She holds a diploma (equivalent to BSc + MSc) in Business from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. Outside her academic career, Elke Pirgmaier has been a researcher at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Vienna. She is currently writing her Ph.D. thesis entitled “Towards a heterodox theory of the environment. Building bridges between heterodox and ecological economics”.

Johan Rasanayagam

University of Aberdeen

Johan Rasanayagam joined the department in 2005. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Uzbekistan, Central Asia where his doctoral dissertation examined the themes of the state and citizenship. More recently, he has conducted research on Islam in Central Asia, specifically on the processes of moral reasoning through which individuals come to an understanding of what it means to be a good Muslim. He is currently developing research interests in the category of religion and the secular in Muslim contexts.

María del Rio Chanona

University of Oxford

María del Rio Chanona is studying for her DPhil in Mathematics at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof. Doyne Farmer. She obtained her BSc in Physics at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) 2011-2016. Her research experience includes an internship at Imperial College London with Prof. Henrik Jensen and another at Ryerson University with Prof. Anthony Bonato. Maria has worked for the two data science consulting firms 'Inno-ba' and 'Pondera' in Mexico, where she was involved in time series prediction, epidemiology analysis and information gathering. Ms del Rio Chanona's research topics involve the application of network theory and complex systems to finance, and assessing the impact of automation on employment and sustainabilty.

Brett Scott

Independent Consultant & Author

Brett Scott gets involved in financial campaigning & alternative finance, blending experience in environmental & social movements, start-up business development and economic anthropology. He has done work on hedge funds, commodity markets, economic aspects of climate change, and socially responsible banking. Furthermore he has written a book called The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance. He has written for the Guardian, Wired Magazine, New Scientist, The Ecologist, The New Internationalist, openDemocracy and has appeared on BBC Radio, Arte TV and various other outlets. In addition to that he is a Fellow at the WWF/ICAEW Finance Innovation Lab, an initiative connecting people with an alternative approach to finance. In 2006/2007 he was a Magdalene Mandela Scholar at Cambridge University, working on issues related to economic crime, environmental sustainability geopolitics, and economic philosophy in international development.

John Skatun

University of Aberdeen

Dr. John Skatun is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Aberdeen. His academic career commenced with a BSc from the University of Leeds. After that, Dr. Skatun obtained the degree of cand. polit. (equivalent to an MPhil) from the University of Bergen, Norway, followed by a PhD from the University of Essex. His main research interest lies in the field of theoretical labour economics.

Ioannis Theodossiou

University of Aberdeen

Professor Theodossiou is a Chair in Economics at the University of Aberdeen. His academic career started with a B.Sc. from the University of Piraeus, Greece. This was followed by an M.Phil. and a Ph.D from the University of Glasgow. Since 1987, he has been part of the Economics department at the University of Aberdeen. Furthermore, he has been a visiting Associate Professor at Athens University of Economics. His research is mainly centred around macroeconomics and labour economics.

Ritu Vij

University of Aberdeen

Dr. Ritu Vij is a Senior Lecturer in the Politics and International Relations Department of the University of Aberdeen, where she has been teaching since 2006. Before that, she held a two-year fellowship at Keio Univerity (Tokyo) which was awarded jointly by the Social Science Research Council (USA) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Dr. Vij obtained her PhD at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), at the University of Denver, USA and has had affiliations with numerous other Japanese universities including Kobe, Meiji Gakuin, Meiji, Ritsumeikan and Tokyo Universities. While in the UK, she has received funding from the British Academy, the Carnegie Trust of Scotland, the British International Studies Association and the University of Aberdeen. Her research focuses on social theory, international political economy, social policy and civil society as well as affect and political subjectivity.

Nikolaos Vlassis

University of Aberdeen

Dr. Nikolaos Vlassis joined the department of Economics of the University of Aberdeen the summer of 2013. He graduated with a BA in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development from the Agricultural University of Athens and he obtained an MSc and a PhD in Economics from the University of Exeter. At the moment Dr. Vlassis is a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. His main areas of research are Environmental economics, International trade and Public economics. 

Devrim Yilmaz

Kingston University

Dr. Yilmaz is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Kingston University. He obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester in 2009 on public spending, growth and welfare. He worked as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at University of York and as a Lecturer in Macroeconomics at University of Manchester. His research interests include stock-flow consistent models, agent-based models, continuous time dynamic models  and and monetary theory of production. He teaches macroeconomics, money banking and financial markets and economic modelling.
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