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Pluralist Political Economy Knowledge Cluster

News updates

July 2016: Congratulations to Kevin Albertson who has been made a professor.

February 2016: A co-authored paper by Dr Kevin Albertson entitled The Role of Humanities and Social Sciences in Forming and Informing Responses to Comtemporary Social Change [draft] has been accepted for publication in The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies. (Now available on Research Gate.)

February 2016: A co-authored paper by Dr Kevin Albertson entitled The Role of Humanities and Social Sciences in Forming and Informing Responses to Comtemporary Social Change [draft] has been accepted for publication in The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies.

November 2015: ‘Cuts could increase the deficit,’ says Dr Kevin Albertson in an opinion piece for City AM.

June 2015: Congratulations to Dr Dimitrios Syrrakos, who has been shortlisted for the Unsung Hero award in the MMU Staff Awards 2015.

The Pluralist Political Economy cluster aims to encourage and support research into the broad breadth of economic issues within a wide range of perspectives.


Introduction


MMU’s Economics area has a long established reputation for alternative or heterodox economics which sets us apart from other economics departments at more ‘mainstream’ universities. Importantly we maintain our distinctiveness, particularly at a time of economic crisis, with our continuing emphasis and development of such pluralism.

The original members of staff were predominately from the Accounting, Finance & Economics (AFE) department within MMU Business School, but also included staff from MMU Cheshire and the Department of History.

Members of the cluster have also been involved with various academic groups such as the History of Economic Thought (HET) society and the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET), as well as the Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE). We hope to stage an annual conference for one of these groups at MMU Business School by 2016.

Members of the group have also been actively involved with the interdisciplinary Hellenic Portal, which was initiated to liaise with Greek academics, businesses and other agencies in order to support their efforts towards recovery. There are also close links with the Eomics blog (set up by academics within the Economic, Politics and Sociology departments at Manchester Metropolitan University).


Past events



Cluster Team


  • Fred Day (Cluster Leader)
  • Professor Kevin Albertson
    An eclectic economist with a background in statistics and economics, but who has now escaped (to some extent) from the numerical world of Econometrics into the applied worlds of Behavioural Economics, Economics, and Crime. He is co-author of four books, including the Haynes Guide on How to Run the Country.

    Kevin’s research interests range from business and social forecasting through to the frontiers of computing, who is really to blame for the eurozone crisis, social innovation, crime, and the application of classical and behavioural economics to socio-political issues. He is a co-founder and author on the departmental blog Eomics (economics without the ‘con’) where he has fulminated, at short-length, on current social challenges.

    Kevin’s long-term goal is to determine (in theory) and consume (in practice) the utility maximising level of chocolate; he says his favourite function is the Keynesian consumption function and his favourite colour is coffee.
  • Dr Matthew Gobey
  • Dr John Simister
    Dr. John Simister is an economist, who has carried out research in a range of subjects:
    • Effects of education on productivity
    • Gender-Based Violence (about a billion women worldwide have experienced domestic violence; education reduces the risk)
    • Female Genital Mutilation (also called ‘female circumcision’/ Prevalence rates vary between ethnic groups, in the same country)
    • Gender discrimination (there is less inequality now but many women choose part-time jobs, leaving them poorer)
    • Ethnic discrimination (a person’s political views seems closely linked to his/her views on racial prejudice)
    • Renewable energy (it would make solar power & wind power more profitable if countries were connected in an electricity grid)
    • UK government spending since 2010 (why did the debt-to-GDP ratio rise so much, and does it matter?)
    • Poverty in Europe (is the unemployment rate in one country affected by poverty in neighbouring countries?)
    • Ethical investment (saving in an ethical fund may have a slightly lower return, but an ethical portfolio needn't be riskier)
  • Dr Dimitrios Syrrakos
    Dimitrios joined the Department of Economics in 2001 and since then he has been involved in the delivery of units such as Introductory Macroeconomics, Current Issues in Economics, European Monetary Union Economics, and Advanced Economic Theory.

    Dimitrios completed his PhD thesis on European Monetary Integration in January 2008. He is supervising postgraduate research on areas relating to inflation targeting and financial decision practices in Saudi Arabia, and the impact of Basel regulations on Payday lenders in the UK North West.

    His research interests include fiscal policy and debt sustainability in the Eurozone, exchange rate economics and international monetary relations. He is a member of the Economics and Social Development Cluster.
  • Martin Turner
  • David Walsh
  • Richard Whittle

Working papers


More information


If you are interesting in finding out more about our work, please get in touch by emailing Dr Fred Day at f.day@mmu.ac.uk.

For more information

  • Cluster Leader:
    Dr Fred Day
  • Address:
    Knowledge Hub,
    Manchester Metropolitan University
    Business School,
    All Saints Campus,
    Oxford Road,
    Manchester, M15 6BH,
    United Kingdom
  • Telephone:
    (0161) 247 3907
  • Email:
    f.day@mmu.ac.uk