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 Department of Economics and International Business.

We examine the economics of equality and diversity in labour markets, migration, moral and political philosophy, development, 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.


  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.

  • Discrimination and exploitation in labour markets (Prof Nick Drydakis, Dr Anna Paraskevopoulou, Dr Katerina Sidiropoulou)
  • Ethics, theories of justice and justice systems (Dr Katerina Sidiropoulou)
  • Migration, trafficking, modern slavery and labour (Dr Anna Paraskevopoulou, Prof Nick Drydakis, Dr Katerina Sidiropoulou)
  • Evaluation of economics curricula (Dr Imko Meyenburg, Dr Chris Fuller, Prof Nick Drydakis, Dr Peter MacDonald, Dr Sandra Selmanovic)
  • Pluralist economics, philosophy of economics and schools of economic thoughts (Dr Imko Meyenburg, Dr Chris Fuller, Prof Nick Drydakis)
  • Inequality in education (Dr Petra Sauer)
  • Development economics (Dr Sandra Selmanovic, Prof Emanuele Giovannetti, Dr Peter MacDonald, Dr Petra Sauer)
  • Industrial organisation and innovation economics (Prof Emanuele Giovannetti, Dr Sandra Selmanovic, Dr Peter MacDonald)
  • Health economics (Dr Ying Xie, Prof Nick Drydakis)
  • Public policy, and the politics of organisations (Dr Rob Willis, Dr Swetketu Patnaik)
  • Strategic alliances and partnerships (Dr Swetketu Patnaik)
  • International business (Prof Antonella Zucchella, Dr Swetketu Patnaik, Dr Sandra Selmanovic)

CPE team

For more information on the centre, please contact Prof Nick Drydakis