Advisory board

Isabella Weber

Isabella Weber is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Berggruen Fellow, and an Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center, Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the New School for Social Research, New York, and a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. Her work combines economic theory, economic history, China studies and global political economy as she focuses on the interaction between economic thinking, policy and long-term structural patterns in periods of deep social transformation.

Deepak Malghan

Deepak Malghan is a chemical engineer and an ecological economist working at the interface of scale theory and thermodynamics. He is currently, an Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) and an adjunct fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), where he works on problems in urban hydrology. Among other recognitions for his contributions to scale theory, Malghan received the 2015 VKRV Rao Prize in Social Sciences and has served as an editor at Ecological Economics (2018-23). Beyond ecological economics, Malghan’s lab at IIMB has pioneered new methods for characterizing ethnic inequality and stratification by combining tools and insights from economics, demography, and political science.

Franziska Hoffart

Franziska Hoffart is a postdoctoral researcher at the Sociological Research Institute Göttingen and as an associate researcher at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin). She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Ruhr-University Bochum and studied economics, philosophy and politics at the Bayreuth University and Stellenbosch University South Africa (B.A.). Previously, she has been a researcher at the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) focusing on climate, energy and sufficiency and has contributed to the sustainability department of GLS Bank. Her research primarily focuses on studying the barriers and drivers of energy transition within the context of socio-ecological transformation; she also publishes on the social and academic responsibility of scientists, particularly economists in the climate crises.

Steve Keen

Steve Keen is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategy, Resilience and Security at University College London, who has spent 45 years of his life fighting for and developing an alternative, realistic economics, while he continuting independent research on the same. He was formerly a Professor of Economics at University of Western Sydney, and a Professor and Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University in London. He has since taken retirement and is crowd source funded to undertake independent research as well as being a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategy Resilience & Security, University College London.

Ebru Voyvoda

Ebru Voyvoda is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics in Middle East Technical University. She received her MS and PhD degrees in Economics at Bilkent University. She was a post-doc researcher at the University of Utah, Department of Economics and had visited the Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management Department at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, Germany, in 2011–2012 to conduct research on the intergenerational impacts of environmental policies. In 2015–2016 she was affiliated with UNCTAD, the Division of Globalization and Development Strategies, where she worked on industrialization and structural transformation in developing economies. Her research focuses on applied modeling for policy analysis, energy-environment-economics modeling and contemporary issues in economic policy.

Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs is currently a Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Relations and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) at the University of Sheffield and teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate courses. He is an economist and political theorist, specializing in post-neoliberal political economy, climate change and environmental policy, and green and social democratic thought. He created the Economic Change Unit’s new economics resource website and is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), where he principally works on global development, climate and environmental finance. He was the Director of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy at University College London, and at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics.

Verónica Amarante

Verónica Amarante is a Professor at Instituto de Economía (Iecon) from Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y de Administración at Universidad de la República (Udelar) in Uruguay. She integrates the National System of Researchers (Level II) and is also a Research Fellow at the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP). Previously, she was the Director of ECLAC Office in Montevideo and she worked for the Social Development Division of ECLAC (United Nations). Her research interests are development economics, gender and labor economics, with emphasis on Uruguay and Latin America.

Ying Chen

Ying Chen is Assistant Professor of Economics at the New School and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her work explores the contradictions within capitalism and how they exhibit themselves. Topics she has studied include economic development, labor, and climate change, with a special focus on the global south. She has published in journals including Environment and Development Economics, Economics and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Labor and Society, Review of Radical Political Economics, International Review of Applied Economics, and so on.

A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi

A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi teaches agrarian political economy and is a Professor of Economics and International Development Studies in the Department of International Development Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. His research interests are in the political economy of agrarian change in developing countries, on the economic dimensions of gender relations, and on the political ecology of sustainable rural livelihoods and communities in contemporary poor countries. Among other things, he is also an Associate Editor of Feminist Economics and the former Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.

Keston K. Perry

Keston K. Perry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at UCLA, and holds a Ph.D. from SOAS, University of London. As a political economist, grounded in Caribbean economic and social sciences tradition, his work centers Caribbean societies which face immense and myriad environmental, political and economic challenges due to histories of colonialism, enslavement, post-colonial fracturing, neoliberal globalization and their enduring marginal position in the world economic system. His work on racial capitalism, reparations, plantation imperialism, global finance and the political economy of climate justice is published in a number of international academic journals and popular media. A graduate of the University of The West Indies, he was Assistant Professor in Africana Studies at Williams College, a lecturer in economics at UWE Bristol (UK), an Economic Affairs Officer and consultant at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and adviser to the United Nations Development Program, among other institutions. He has worked and lived throughout the Caribbean, United States, and the UK.

Grieve Chelwa

Grieve Chelwa is an Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Africa Institute. Prior to this, he was the Director of Research at the Institute on Race, Power and Political Economy at The New School. Before joining The New School, Grieve was a senior lecturer in economics at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, where he also served as the director of the MBA program. Before that, he was the inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the Center for African Studies at Harvard University. His scholarly work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Economic Literature, Applied Economics Letters, Social Science and Medicine, Daedalus, and Economy and Society. Grieve’s opinions have appeared in outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, France 24, and Bloomberg

Marina Fischer-Kowalski

Marina Fischer-Kowalski is an Austrian sociologist, social ecologist and a professor emeritus at the Institue for Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. She is known for founding the Vienna School of Social Ecology and for her pioneering work on the widely used metric for material and energy flows. Her research interests cut across economics, sociology, biology, energetics, and history. Among other things, she has contributed to the interlinkage of long term social and environmental change; socio-ecological regime transitions; energy, society and labor and transdisciplinary approaches to socio-ecological sustainability transitions.

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