3 June 2019
As Senior Lecturer in Economics and International Business, I mostly teach first year undergraduates in introductory economics and international business, and third year students about the political economy of the EU.
In addition to this, I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations, and I am the course leader of the BSc (Hons) Economics degree.
I also conduct research, and I’m currently working on social ontology (the nature of the social world) in the context of economics as well as in the philosophy of economics and social sciences. For the former, I am trying to integrate classic problems from analytical philosophy, and their impact on social ontology, while in the case of the latter I’m interested in choice making under epistemic and methodological pluralism (using a range of methods in the same piece of research).
My favourite part of my job is witnessing moments when my students begin to have serious and deep discussions about research, politics, society or their daily lives with me. I feel this is when they begin to show evidence of real education, and they move beyond the narrative of being consumers of an overpriced service sector. Whether I contribute to their success is ultimately up to them!
During my time at ARU, my proudest moment has been completing my PhD. I finished within three years and a few days, and passed my PhD viva with no amendments in 2016. One of my favourite moments was during my graduation ceremony in 2017, where I received massive applause from the students I had taught, who were also graduating on the same day.
Lastly, if I could offer one piece of advice to people, I’d tell them to consider everything important, but nothing too serious.