Centre for Pluralist Economics (CPE)

CPE engages in debates about current issues and challenges facing the field of economics through a team of leading researchers from the School of Economics, Finance and Law.

We examine the economics of equality and diversity in labour markets, health inequalities, migration, human rights, development, information and communications technology, innovation and diffusion. We participate in debates between contrasting theoretical perspectives and opposed economic policies. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we improve the effective development of theory and its application.

The policy implications of our members’ research have been utilised by international organisations and institutions such as the: the Council of Europe, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the Government Equalities Office, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Competition and Market Authority, the European Commission, the International Labor Office, the International Telecommunications Union, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, the United Nation Agenda for the Sustainable Development and the World Bank.

For more information on the centre, please contact Prof Nick Drydakis at [email protected]


  1. To contribute to debates about current issues and challenges facing the discipline of economics through an interdisciplinary approach.
  2. To influence policy decision-making by examining a wide range of decisions, alternatives and their implications.
  3. To value critical openness to different perspectives, theories and methods, and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.
  4. To emphasise a preference for diversity and willingness to learn over uniformity.
  5. To reshape classroom practice by promoting pluralism in economics education.

Current projects

Our current research projects are structured around the following themes.

  • Labour market inequalities (Prof Nick Drydakis, Dr Anna Paraskevopoulou, Dr Katerina Sidiropoulou)
  • Theories of justice and justice systems (Dr Katerina Sidiropoulou)
  • Migration and labour (Dr Anna Paraskevopoulou, Prof Nick Drydakis)
  • Pluralist economics, philosophy of economics and schools of economic thoughts (Dr Imko Meyenburg, Dr Chris Fuller)
  • Development economics (Prof Emanuele Giovannetti, Dr Sandra Selmanovic, Dr Peter MacDonald)
  • Information and communications technology and innovation economics (Prof Emanuele Giovannetti)
  • Health economics, health inequalities and m-Health (Prof Nick Drydakis)
  • Public policy and the politics of organisations (Dr Rob Willis, Dr Swetketu Patnaik)
  • Public economics (Dr Peter MacDonald)
  • Strategic alliances and partnerships (Dr Swetketu Patnaik)
  • International business (Dr Swetketu Patnaik, Dr Sandra Selmanovic)

We warmly welcome enquiries from appropriately qualified applicants who are keen to register for doctoral research (PhD) in the aforementioned research areas.

CPE team