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I am a Senior 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 questions in institutional economics concerning the governance of the water sector in a comparative analysis of Germany, France and the UK as part of an interdisciplinary research project.

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 relations between the State and the economic elite explain the reform stasis.

Currently, I am working on the colonial legacy of water resource allocation and its significance for capital accumulation (accumulation by dispossession) in a mixed-methods approach. In an extension of this work, I am also analysing the role of State-capital symbiosis in upholding power imbalances in the water-energy-land nexus. Finally, with my colleague Lianne Oosterbaan, we are also investigating the scope for the decolonisation of water resource allocations.

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 have also a completed PhD supervision (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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