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Centre for Globalisation Research (CGR)

The Centre for Globalisation Research (CGR) conducts research, dissemination and user engagement activities around four research themes:

  • Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics and Finance
  • Institutions, Innovation and Networks
  • Labour and Behavioural Economics
  • Political Economy, Development and Environmental Economics

Since 2008, scholarly outputs, many underpinned by research grants, include 84 peer reviewed journal articles, four books, nine book chapters and 85 papers in the CGR Working Paper Series

CGR is composed by academics based at Queen Mary University of London. Members also comprise researchers based at other universities in UK and overseas. Along with visiting scholars, who make a significant contribution to the Centre’s academic life, we host PhD students with an interest in our four research themes.

Board of Directors

Dr. Caterina Gennaioli
Political economy, development, environmental economics
Professor Brigitte Granville
Macroeconomics and monetary policy
Professor Pedro Martins
Empirical labour economics, international trade, MNCs
Dr. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay
Deputy Director
Economics of growth and development, measurement of inequality and poverty

Website and Blog Editor

Mrs. Beatriz Rodriguez-Satizabal
Business history, corporate governance, development


Dr. Deven Bathia
Behaviourial finance, asset pricing, investments, corporate governance
Dr. Yasser Bhatti
Innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategy
Professor Mark Casson
Entrepreneurship, business culture, MNCs, business history and transport studies 
Dr. Lucia Corno
Development economics, health economics, public economics
Dr. Sabine D'Costa
Applied international trade, economic geography and urban and regional economics
Professor Janet Dine
Interaction of human rights and international trade law
Dr. Georg von Graevenitz
Innovation, intelectual property rights, entrepreneurship, competition policy
Dr. Roxana Gutiérrez-Romero
Development economics, political economy, applied economics
Dr. Georgios Kavetsos
Behaviourial economics, health and welfare economics
Dr. Thomas Kemeny
Cities and regional development, labour markets, global economy, immigration, innovation and entrepreneurship
Dr. Eun-Seok Kim
Operations and supply chain management, operational research, especially optimisation
Dr. Stella Ladi
Public policy and administration reforms, europeanization, transnationals
Dr. Elena Lioliou
Governance of outsourcing/offshoring arrangements and open-innovation models
Dr. Giuliano Maielli
Path dependence, evolutionary organisational and technological change
Professor Sushanta Mallick
International economics and finance, international business and development
Dr. Ravshonbek Otojanov
Long run economic growth and development, economics of energy transitions, Industrial Revolution
Dr. Pietro Panzarasa
Complex networks, structure and dynamics of social interaction
Dr. Ni Peng
Empirical corporate finance, restructurings, corporate governance
Dr. Martha Prevezer
Grographical industrial clustering, comparative corporate governance
Professor Almudena Sevilla
Economic demography, social intervention, policy evaluation
Professor Teresa da Silva Lopes
International business history, marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation
 Dr. Thomas Zhang
Emerging markets, entrepreneurship, innovation, corporate finance

Visiting Fellows

Professor Vinod Aggarwal
International political economy, applied political economy
Professor Philip Arestis
Economic policy, monetary economics, applied political economy
Mr. Alberto Bagnai
Monetary policy, Eurozone
Dr. Peter Boone
Transition economies
Professor Howard Cox
International business, industrial and corporate change
Dr. Huw Edwards
Economics, firms in the global economy
Dr. Luiz A. Estevez
Labour markets, development, regional and urban economics, applied microeconometrics
Professor Saul Estrin
Competition and FDI, FDI into transition economies, private sector development
Professor Niall Ferguson
International economic and business history
Professor Walter Friedman
International business history
Dr. Marina Della Giusta
Behavioural and social economics
Professor Oliver R. Goodenough
Business law, internet, cognitive and behavioral science
Professor David J. Hancock
Business History, Atlantic History, Imperial British History
Mr. Gary Jenkins
Development policy, climate change, international negotiations
Professor Uma Kambhampati
Women’s empowerment, gender inequalities, child work and schooling, intra-household decision making, political economy of welfare provision, industrial growth and productivity
Professor Elias Karakitsos
Economies and financial markets US, EU, Japan, shipping companies
Dr. Carol S. Leonard
Regional development, growth and governance, clustering and innovation, property rights
Dr. Davide S. Mare
Banking, focusing on bankruptcy prediction, credit risk and efficiency
Professor John S.L. McCombie
Theoretical and applied aspects of national and regional economic growth
Dr. Natalia Nollenberger
Labour economics, economic of education, policy evaluation, applied microeconometrics
Dr. Constantinos Repapis
History of economic thought, economic methodology and interdisciplinary work
Mr. Jacek Rostowski
EU monetary and currency policy, transformation of post communist economies
Dr. Steven Telford
Development and welfare economics, institutional and behavioural economics
Dr. Eshref Trushin
Corporate finance, industrial organisation, innovation, international development
Dr. Lúcio Vinhas de Souza
Emerging markets, macro and microeconomics, financial markets, global sovereign risk
Dr. Yong Yang
FDI, global strategy, international business, strategic management
 Dr. Ning Zeng
Applied macroeconomics, economic policies, financial markets

Doctoral Researchers

Mr. Li Dai
Education, economic policy
Mr. Simeon Fayemi
Corporate governance, banking
Mr. Danula Gamage
Labour market policies
Ms. Anushri Gupta
Open innovation
Mr. Praveen Gupta
Financial Risk Management using Derivatives in FICC
Mr. Abdullah Ijaz
Entrepreneurship, education
Ms. Ioana Jipa-Musat
Varieties of capitalism, institutions
Mrs. Soo Jung Oh
Open innovation
Mr. Jaume Martorell Cruz
Institutions, economic development
Mr. Xin Pan
Mr. Yifan Qian
Complex networks, data Mining, data Science, machine learning
Mrs. Beatriz Rodriguez-Satizabal
Business history, corporate governance, development


Peer Reviewed Publications


  • Bjorkman-Nyqvist, M., Corno, L., de Walque, D. & Svensson, J. (2017 forthcoming). Incentivizing safer sexual behaviour: Evidence from a randomized control trial on HIV prevention. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
  • Borra, C., González, L. & Sevilla, A. (2017 forthcoming). The Impact of Scheduling Birth Early on Infant Health. Journal of the European Economic Association.
  • De Neve JE., Ward G., Van Landeghem B., De Keulenaer F., Kavetsos G. & Nor- ton M. (2017 forthcoming). The asymmetric experience of positive and negative economic growth: Global evidence using subjective well-being data. Review of Economics & Statistics.
  • Gutiérrez-Romero, R. & Oviedo M. (2017 forthcoming). The good the bad and the ugly: The socio-economic impact of drug cartels and their violence in Mexico. Journal of Economic Geography.




CGR Working Paper Series 

90. Explaining inter-ethnic and inter-religious marriage in Sub-Saharan AfricaSanghamitra Bandyopadhyay and Elliott Green

89. The Wider Impacts of High-Technology Employment: Evidence from U.S. CitiesThomas Kemeny and Taner Osman

88. The effect of self-employment on health: Evidence from longitudinal social security data. Judite Goncalves and Pedro S. Martins

87. Evaluating Public-Private Partnerships in Employment Services: The Case of the UK Work Programme. Danula K. Gamage and Pedro S. Martins



  • Roxana Gútierrez-Romero. Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (reference ECO2013-46516-C4-1-R). Equality and Poverty: Methods and Implications 2014-2017 (Xavier Ramos, Project head).
  • Roxana Gútierrez-Romero.Catalan Government (reference 2014 SGR 1279) Equity and Development Research Group (EDReG) 2014-2019 (Xavier Ramos, Project head). 
  • Stella Ladi. Research team of the project “Democracy in Times of Crisis: Power and Discourse in a Three-Level Game”, Portuguese National Funding Agency for Science, Research and Technology (Project ref: PTDC/IVC-CPO/2247/2014).


 Remembering Inflation

Remembering Inflation
Brigitte Granville (2013)
Princeton University Press

The Processes and Practices of Fair Trade: Trust, Ethics and Governance
Brigitte Granville and Janet Dine (2013)


Trademarks, Brands, and Competitiveness
Teresa da Silva Lopes and Paul Duguid (2010)


Global Brands: The Evolution of Multinationals in Alcoholic Beverages
Teresa da Silva Lopes (2007)
Cambridge Studies in the Emergence of Global Enterprise



1 Oct 13:00-14:00

Brown Bag Seminar
Dr. Ugo Troiano (University of Michigan and NBER)


FB 3.40
9 Nov


CGR Workshop in Political Economy and Economic Policy

GC 601
9 Nov  18:00-20:00 

Annual Globalisation Seminar
Professor Paul Collier (Oxford University)
'Marginalisation amidst Globalisation; Why are Some Countries still Diverging?

GC 601 
21 Nov 14:00-18:00

CGR-SEF Workshop


Globalisation Seminar Series

The Globalisation Seminar Series is a prestigious series offering a platform to prominent academics, policy-makers and business people to discuss the latest debate in economics and economic policy.


 Alesina Speaker

Social Mobility and Redistribution. 
Professor Alberto Alesina (Harvard University)

Date: Thursday, 23rd November 2017. 18:00-19:30
Venue: The Box, Tower 3, 5th Floor, Clements Inn, LSE, WC2A 2AZ
If you wish to attend, please make sure to register using CGR17

This year the Annual Globalisation Seminar will be held by Professor Alberto Alesina (Harvard University) and is co-organised with the Royal Economic Society

Alberto Alesina is the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1986.  He served as Chairman of the Department of Economics from 2003 - 2006. He is a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Economic Policy Research. He is a member of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He is the director of the political economy program of the NBER since 2006.

He has published extensively in all major academic journals in economics. He has published five books. 

His work has covered a variety of topics: political business cycles, the political economy of fiscal policy and budget deficits, the process of European integration, stabilization policies in high inflation countries, the determination of the size of countries, currency unions, the political economic determinants of redistributive policies, differences in the welfare state in the US and Europe and, more generally, differences in the economic system in the US and Europe, the effect of alternative electoral systems on economic policies, and the determination of the choice of different electoral systems, culture and economics, ethnic conflict, inequality and redistributive policies, and the macroeconomic effects of fiscal policy.

CGR Workshop in Political Economy and Economic Policy

Date: Friday, 9th November 2018
Venue: GC 601, Mile End Campus, QMUL
Programme available soon.
2017 agenda

Brown-Bag Seminar Series

The aim of the seminars is to present early-stage papers and receive timely feedbacks from peers to improve papers before submission.

Previous Brown-Bag seminars: 

  • Dr. Lucia Corno (Catholic University of Milan). 'The Historical Roots of Female Genital Cutting' (joint with E. La Ferrara, N. Nunn and A. Voena). July 2018.
  • Dr Elena Bárcena Martín (University of Málaga). 'Social protection and child poverty risk: does persistence matter?'. May 2018.
  • Prof. Claudio Lucifora (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Milan). 'Children, Earnings and Careers in an Internal Labor Market'. March 2018.
  • Prof. Pedro Martins (SBM). 'Collateral Damage? Labour Market Effects of Competing with China – at Home and Abroad'. March 2018.
  • Dr. Thomas Kemeny (SBM). 'Wider impacts of high-technology employment'. February 2018. 
  • José Montalbán Castilla (Paris, LSE). 'The role of performance incentives in need-based grants for higher education. Evidence from the Spanish Becas'. January 2018.
  • Dr. Ravshinbek Otojanov (SBM). 'The Scientific Revolution, Energy Revolution and Industrial Revolution'. November 2017.
  • Dr. Georgios Kavetsos (SBM). 'The host with the most. The effects of the Olympic Games on happiness'. October 2017.
  • Dr. Pedro Martins (SBM). '(How) Do Non-Cognitive Skills Programs Improve Adolescent School Achievement? Experimental Evidence'. May 2017. 

CGR workshop on the 'Theory and Empirics of Poverty, Inequality and Mobility'

Starting in 2014, Dr. Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay have held an annual meeting to discuss new research on the theory of inequality, poverty and mobility. 

The workshop has attracted speakers from various universities in the UK, including Juan Pablo Ruda (Royal Holloway), Pramila Krishnan (Cambridge), Natalie Quinn (Oxford), Gaston Yalonetzky (Leeds), Florent Bresson (CERDI and Universite d'Auvergne), Erlend Berg (Bristol), Suman Seth (Oxford), Catherine Porter (Heriot-Watt), José Lima (Leeds).

Recent post

Industrial Revolution: factor prices and innovations

By Dr. Ravshonbek Otojanov

A previous post outlined a number of major inventions (or macro-inventions) of the eighteenth century that were basis for the inventions of the nineteenth century that propelled productivity growth. These innovations, according to Robert Allen, would not have taken place in Britain in the absence of cheap coal deposits. Another unique factor driving the innovations was Britain’s expensive labour. Labour was expensive in Britain, and economic historians have traced the origins of the high wages back to the Black Death plague (in the 14th century) that reduced the working age population significantly. Moreover, Britain’s commercial success in international economy played a role in the growth of wages.

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