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I am a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Hertfordshire. Prior to joining the Business School in 2019, I have taught at SOAS University of London, King's College London, the University of Mauritius, and the Sorbonne in Paris.

I hold a PhD in Economics from the Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University, where I have also completed a Research Master's in Public Decisions, Organisations, and Institutions. In addition, I hold a Master's degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Ruhr-University in Bochum.

Research interests

My research focusses on the political economy of public utilities, especially in the water sector. In my PhD, I addressed different institutional questions concerning the governance of the water sector in a comparative analysis of Germany, France and the UK.

Subsequently, having moved to Mauritius, I started studying institutional obstacles to water sector reform in developing countries. In a grant-financed project on the sustainability of the Mauritian water sector, I analysed the micro-institutional governance setup and identified a number of institutional failings. This research was then disseminated to sector decision-makers.

To understand the underlying reasons for the lack of reform of the Mauritian water sector, I then started analysing the sector’s political economy. I found that colonially inherited power relationships between the State and the economic elite explain the reform stasis.

Currently, I am extending this political economy analysis to other former British colonies in order to understand the implications of colonially inherited water rights for the sustainability of water utilities in the context of climate change.

Teaching specialisms

Prior to joining UH, I was awarded the Departmental Teaching Prize for Outstanding Teaching by SOAS, University of London for my teaching in economics. I am passionate about finding ways to make the classroom an interactive and collaborative community.

I have been teaching a vast array of subjects, many of them with a focus on pluralist approaches: Global Political Economy, Economy and Society, Development Economics, Organisation Theory, Industrial Organisation, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Public Policy, Infrastructure Economics, Statistics.

I am also currently supervising a PhD student (together with Prof Hulya Dagdeviren and Dr Bruno Bonizzi): Hannah Hasenberger "Local government financialisation in Europe: Definitions, patterns and drivers"


Education/Academic qualification

Economics, MSc, Ruhr University Bochum

Economics, PhD, Decentralisation and the Water Sector: Institutional Perspectives, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Economics, MSc, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne


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