Dr Imko Meyenburg

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Economics , International Business

Research Supervision:Yes

Imko is passionate about the philosophy and history of economic thought, and he is a dedicated pluralist and heterodox economist. He is currently working on ontological pluralism, vagueness and social ontology and choices under pluralism in economics.

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Imko completed his PhD in Economics and Philosophy of Economics at Anglia Ruskin in December 2016. He did his undergraduate degree in Business Studies and Economics in Germany and his masters in economics in New Zealand.

Imko's PhD research focused on the philosophy and history of economic thought, specifically on eclectic choices under pluralism in economics, utilising methodologies and knowledge from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including economics and contemporary philosophy of (social) science. His current research focuses on social ontology and meta-ontology.

Imko has been a lecturer in Economics and International Business in ARU, as well as course leader for BSc Economics, since September 2016. He is currently a member of the Cambridge Social Ontology Group.

Spoken Languages

  • German (native)
  • Spanish (beginner)

Research interests

  • Social ontology and meta-ontology
  • Philosophy of economics
  • History of economic thought
  • Political economy
  • Pluralism in economics
  • Macroeconomics

Areas of research supervision

  • Economics
  • Philosophy of Economics
  • History of Economic Thought


Imko is currently teaching Economics for Managers, a first year introductory economics course, and EU Economy: Issues and Policies, a final year course on the political economy of the EU. In addition, he is course leader for the Undergraduate Major Projects in Economics and International Business.


  • PhD Economics and Philosophy of Economics, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
  • MA in Economics (First class honours), Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • BA in Business Studies, Carl-von-Ossietzsky University, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Reteaching Economics
  • Cambridge Social Ontology Group

Selected recent publications

Meyenburg, I. and Selmanovic, S. (2020) 'Gender and Inequality in the Workplace: Lessons from Institutional and Marxist-Feminist Perspectives'. In: Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics. Springer, Cham. ISBN 978-3-319-57365-6

Meyenburg, I. (2018) 'Choices under epistemic pluralism in economics', International Journal of Pluralism and Economic Education, 9(4), pp. 339-357.

Meyenburg, I. (2013) 'An investment model for South Africa', The Empirical Economics Letters, 12(4), pp. 345-350.

Recent presentations and conferences

‘Vagueness and Social Ontology’, Social Ontology 2018, Tufts University, Boston, US (August 2018)

‘Pluralism in Economics and the Question of Ontological Pluralism’. 40 years of the Cambridge Journal of Economics Conference at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK (July 2016).

9th EAEPE Summer School on Capitalism, Inequality and (Un) sustainable developmental at Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy (July 2015)

1st Vienna Conference on Pluralism in Economics at Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien, Vienna, Austria (April 2015)

Pluralism in Economics workshop at the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) at the Hans Böckler Foundation, Berlin, Germany (August 2014)

Postgraduate workshop on advanced research methods at Open University London, UK (January 2014)

Media experience

Op-ed “Germany’s deep-rooted obsession with saving – a brief history” The Conversation UK, May 2018

Op-ed “Trade war on the cards as Trump takes office?” Cambridge News, January 2017