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Meet the new academic staff joining the School of Economics

24 September 2021

The School of Economics extends a warm welcome to all of our new students and staff joining us for the 2021/22 academic year.

We would like to introduce the following academic appointments:

Ruth T Badru, Lecturer in Economics

Ruth Badru

Dr Ruth Badru joins the School from the University of East Anglia. She previously held the post of Assistant Professor in Economics, after previous teaching appointments at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Her current research projects are mainly in the areas of Macroeconomics, Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Methods, and Feminist Political Economy.

Patrick Gaule, Associate Professor in Economics

Patrick Gaule

Patrick joins the School from the University of Bath where he was Senior Lecturer of Economics. Previously, he was Assistant Professor at CERGE-EI in Prague and Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT Sloan, Harvard, and the NBER. His research addresses various topics in the economics of science and innovation, including high-skilled migration, the role of face-to-face interactions in the knowledge economy, and pharmaceutical innovation.

Paul F Hufe, Lecturer in Economics

Paul Hufe

Paul obtained a PhD from LMU Munich and previously held positions at ifo Institute Munich and ZEW Mannheim. Paul’s research interests lie at the intersection of public, labor, and normative economics. Paul describes himself as particularly concerned with the measurement of (un)fair inequality and investigating the causal factors that lead to an unequal distribution of life chances.

Tayamika T Kamwanja, Teaching Associate

Tayamika Kamwanja

Tayamika joins the School from the University of Leicester where she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant during her PhD studies. Her main research interests are in Development Economics and applied Micro-econometrics, with a particular focus on inclusive growth and Financial Inclusion. 

Sergio Feijoo Moreira, Lecturer in Economics

Sergio Feijoo Moreira

Sergio is an economist with research interests in macroeconomics, productivity, growth, and firm dynamics. His current research is focused on the analysis of many fundamental changes regarding the evolution of most advanced economies during the past 30 years. Sergio received his PhD in Economics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2021. Previously he earned an MSc in Economic Analysis at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2021 and a BSc in Economics at Universidade de Vigo.

Rubens Morita, Lecturer in Economics

Rubens Morita

Rubens obtained his PhD in Economics from the University of London, Birkbeck College. Before coming to the UK, Rubens spent two years at the University of California, obtaining a Master in Arts in Economics. Rubens also holds a Master in Economics from Sao Paulo School of Economics (EESP) at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV). Rubens’ first degree was in Economics from the University of Sao Paulo. His research focuses on time-series econometrics, particularly in applied macroeconomics and finance. Rubens also enjoys other areas in economics, such as political economy, micro econometrics and development economics. 

Susie Y Nouhan, Teaching Associate

Susie Nouhan

Susie most recently taught at Birkbeck, London where she primarily lectured maths to students arriving in economics without A Level maths. Following a transatlantic career in banking, Susie took a PGCE and became interested in the intersection between high school mathematics and economic programmes. At Bristol, Susie will be developing and teaching maths units on the new economics and finance pathway of the foundation programme, run by humanities. Susie will also be teaching seminars on first year maths units.  

Mike Peacey, Senior Lecturer in Economics

Mike Peacey, Senior Lecturer in Economics

Prior to joining Bristol, Mike was an Associate Professor at Northeastern University in London. Mike was heavily involved in setting up an economics programme and obtaining Taught Degree Awarding Powers at its predecessor (the New College of the Humanities). Mike is interested in applying theoretical microeconomics to a range of situations. For example, he has worked on auction design and higher education regulation. Mike is currently working on two projects relating to social media - one focusing on the regulation of the platforms and one on belief formation in the presence of misinformation. Mike completed a BSc in mathematics at Bristol – and stayed to complete a MSc and PhD in economics.

Anastasia Papadopoulou, Lecturer in Economics

 Anastasia Papadopoulou

Anastasia’s research is on applied Game Theory and Experimental Economics with special focus on Political Economy topics. Anastasia is interested in Economics Education, and describes herself as always curious to evolve more and apply new innovative techniques. Before joining Bristol, Anastasia was a Research Associate in an ESRC Impact project in a collaboration between Mattioli Woods plc and the University of Leicester.

Luca Zamboni, Teaching Associate  

 Luca Zamboni

Luca is a PhD candidate at the School of Economics and Finance of Queen Mary University of London, where he moved from Italy in 2015 to study for an MSc. His research focuses on microeconomic theory and explores the implications of biases in information processing for models of strategic communication.

Khansa Al-Sabah, Senior Teaching Associate  


Khansa is a lecturer in Economics at City, University of London and University of Bristol. Her interests are in immigration and the labour market. She is also interested in economic pedagogy and teaching. Khansa is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Sudeep Jain, Teaching Associate  


Sudeep is a PhD candidate in Economics at the University of West of England in Bristol. Before turning towards academia, he worked as a financial journalist in India. His research focusses on the political economy of central banking, the institutional structure of money markets and financialisation in emerging markets. Sudeep also holds a Master's in Development Studies and a Bachelor's in Engineering.

We are also delighted to confirm that Lily Samkharadze, Sara Navid, Melisa Williams and Hailey Yoon are all continuing their great work here in Bristol as permanent staff.

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