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October update on the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies' INSPIRE project

Release Date: 06 October 2010

Dr Christian Nygaard visited Kainar University (Almaty, Kazakhstan) on 28 September - 5 October for further work on a British Council's INSPIRE project on policy formation processes in the design and implementation of Local Content policies in Kazakhstan and environmental attitudes. Dr Nygaard additionally carried out fieldwork on a survey of the education investment decisions and attitudes of young people in Kazakhstan and gave a lecture to Kainar University students and staff.

For further information on the INSPIRE project please visit:

http://www.reading.ac.uk/economics/research/centres/econ-ceas-inspireproject.aspx

Congratulations to our students who have obtained work placements with the Government Economic Service

Release Date: 04 October 2010

The School of Economics encourages its undergraduates to apply for year-long placements and summer internships within the Government Economic Service. These provide valuable insights into the role of economists within government. The placements are highly competitive, but for 2010/2011 four of our Undergraduates have been awarded year-long posts. Nadia Sotiropoulou will be working at the Department for Work and Pensions, Umama Qaiser and Megan Baddeley at the Office for National Statistics and Bethany Tasker at the Treasury. In addition Jody Lock has just returned from a summer internship at the Treasury. We look forward to hearing about our students experiences within the GES upon their return to Reading.

Dr Christian Nygaard presents at the third Biannual EURA conference in Germany

Release Date: 26 September 2010

On 24-26 September Dr Christian Nygaard participated at the European Urban Research Association's conference in Darmstadt, Germany. The conference 'Understanding City Dynamics' brought together scholars researching economic, political, social, cultural and architectural aspects of cities and urban development. The conference was concerned with whether and how cities might have choices, agency, in a globalising world. Dr Nygaard's presentation 'Spatial specificity or choice? The urban dynamics of London in the 20th century' analyses factors of spatial fixity over the period 1891-1984, the impact of WW2 bombing damage and post-war slum clearance on the distribution of London's capital stock. This work, in collaboration with Professor Geoff Meen, is part of The International Centre for Housing and Urban Economics (ICHUE) long-term dynamics program.

Part 2 Economics Student takes part in BBC programme on Expenditure Cuts

Release Date: 09 September 2010

Jamie Seneviratne, a second year BSc Economics student, was invited to be a panel member in the BBC television debate on the Spending Review today. The programme concentrated particularly on the problems likely to be faced by London.

New School of Politics, Economics and International Relations (SPEIR)

Release Date: 08 September 2010

The University is pleased to announce that a new School of Politics, Economics and International Relations will be established on 01 August 2011. In the interim year, the current School of Economics and the School of Politics & International Relations will be collaborating closely in order to ensure a smooth transition to the new structure.

The new School is designed to strengthen and extend research and teaching in the social sciences across the University. Although Economics and Politics & International Relations will retain their identities within the new School as separate Departments, the School will exploit the important synergies between the two disciplines. The Head of the new School will be Professor Geoff Meen, who will work with Dr Philip Giddings and Professor Uma Kambhampati, the current Heads of Politics & International Relations and Economics respectively.

Congratulations to our 2010 Graduates and Prizewinners!

Release Date: 02 July 2010

Earlier today our third year Undergraduates were awarded their degrees by the Vice-Chancellor in a graduation ceremony taking place in the University's Great Hall on London Road. After the ceremony a champagne reception was held in the nearby gardens of the Museum of English Rural Life, and both events were enjoyed by staff, students and parents alike. We would like to congratulate all of our Graduates on their achievements whilst at Reading and wish them every success for the future.

A particular mention should go to the three students who were awarded prizes this year. Alexandru Ionescu was awarded the 'John H Dunning prize for the top finalist of 2010 in the School of Economics'. Carly Smith was awarded the 'School of Economics prize for outstanding achievement', and Bethany Tasker was awarded the 'School of Economics prize for the top second year student'. The photo on the right is of Alexandru with Professor Uma Kambhampati (Head of School) and Dr Graham Crampton after receiving his prize at the reception.

Professor Geoff Meen at the European Real Estate Society Conference in Milan

Release Date: 25 June 2010

Between 23 - 25 June, Professor Geoff Meen contributed to three sessions at the 2010 ERES Conference in Milan. These included running a master class in Housing Economics for international PhD students, and acting as a panel member in a debate on future world housing market prospects. He also gave a paper on 'Local Housing Supply and the Impact of History and Geography'.

Professor Kalyuzhnova presents at the 5th Annual Kazakhstan Growth Forum

Release Date: 20 June 2010

On June 16, 2010 Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova presented the findings of her research on local content issues at 5th Annual Kazakhstan Growth Forum. The Kazakhstan Growth Forum is Europe's leading event on investing and doing business in Kazakhstan - attracting 300 top-level participants even amidst the economic challenges of 2009. This event is also a key meeting place for high-level decision-makers from the Kazakhstani Government and the corporate sector, foreign strategic investors, international financiers, and leading experts and academics on the region.

Professor Kalyuzhnova speaks at the 2010 PETROSAM Conference in Oslo

Release Date: 10 June 2010

Yesterday (9 June 2010) Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova took a part in the 2010 PETROSAM conference "Understanding Key Drivers of the Oil and Gas Market: A Research Update" in Oslo (Norway). This high level conference is a part of the programme on Social Science Petroleum Research, which is one of the strategic programmes of the Research Council of Norway. Its primary objective is to increase insight into petroleum activity in a societal context in order to provide the Norwegian petroleum authorities and petroleum industry with the best possible basis on which to devise policies and strategies. Professor Kalyuzhnova was invited by the Research Council of Norway to present her work on resource nationalism in petro-states.

Update on the 'INSPIRE Project'

Release Date: 30 May 2010

Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Dr Christian Nygaard and Ms Stela Cani from the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies (CEAS) have visited Kazakhstan as a first step in implementation of the INSPIRE project (awarded by the British Council) together with Kainar University (Almaty). During the visit the pilot questionnaire was set up in collaboration with the Kazakhstani Statistical Agency. This questionnaire will be used in investigation of the attitudes towards local content and environmental issues of households and oil and gas companies in Kazakhstan. While in Kazakhstan, Professor Kalyuzhnova made a number of presentations on local content issues at the Kainar University and other educational institutions of Almaty and Astana.

Centre for Euro-Asian Studies visits Kainar University as part of the 'INSPIRE Project'

Release Date: 14 May 2010

Tomorrow, Saturday 15 May, Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Dr Christian Nygaard and Ms Stela Cani (all from the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies in the School of Economics) will travel to Kainar University, Almaty, Kazakhstan to work on the new British Council funded Inspire Project. The title of the project is - 'Environmental attitudes and impacts on Local Content Policy formation in Kazakhstan'. For more information please see:  http://www.henley.reading.ac.uk/economics/research/centres/econ-ceas-inspireproject.aspx

Professor Nigar Hashimzade and Professor Uma Kambhampati's research is cited in the Financial Times

Release Date: 08 May 2010

Tim Harford, writing in today's Financial Times, has commented on a paper given by Professor Nigar Hashimzade and Professor Uma Kambhampati at the Royal Economic Society conference at the University of Surrey from the 29th - 31st of March this year. Tim Harford referred to the results of Professor Hashimzade and Professor Kambhampati's research showing that short-term economic growth alone is not enough to reduce child labour, in relation to the evidence of the effect of economic growth on the improvement of working conditions. The full article can be viewed on the Financial Times' website - http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/da35c4f2-571e-11df-aaff-00144feab49a.html

Faculty members contribute to the RES Annual Conference

Release Date: 31 March 2010

Four of our Faculty members have just returned from the annual conference of the Royal Economic Society, held at the University of Surrey from the 29th-31st of March, where they presented a selection of papers. Professor Nigar Hashimzade (together with Professor Uma Kambhampati) gave a paper on the subject "Growth and Inverted U in Child Labour: A Dual Economy Approach", whilst Dr Niaz Asadullah spoke on the theme "Inequality of educational opportunity in India: Changes over time and across states" and Dr Alexander Mihailov (joint work with former Faculty member Dr Stephen McKnight) on "Do Real Balance Effects Invalidate the Taylor Principle in Open Economies?". Professor Hashimzade also chaired the session on 'Wages and Employment' at the conference. Many of our staff enjoy affiliations with the Royal Economic Society and the conference is a highly anticipated event every year.

Dr Stephen Pavelin presents at the Annual Meeting of the International Association for Business and Society in Canada

Release Date: 25 March 2010

Dr Stephen Pavelin, Reader in the School of Economics, has travelled to Banff, Canada to present research papers at the twenty-first Annual Meeting of the International Association for Business and Society to be held from the 25th - 28th of March in the beautiful town of Banff in the Canadian Rockies (Alberta). Dr Pavelin will present three papers on various aspects of the relationship between business and society - including studies of the reputations of both firms and countries, and also the relationship between firms' social impacts and their financial performance. This is the fifth consecutive year that Dr Pavelin has presented research papers at the Annual Meeting of IABS.

Dr Mihailov visits the University of Lille 1 on an Invited Professorship

Release Date: 15 March 2010

Dr Alexander Mihailov, Lecturer in Economics, is currently in Lille giving a seminar on modelling and estimating inflation dynamics along the lines of the New Keynesian approach to dynamic stochastic general equilibrium. He is also undertaking research with faculty members of the University of Lille 1, the Philipps-Universität Marburg and the University of Bologna on projects outgrowing from his earlier work on the intergenerational transmission of inflation aversion. Last year Dr Mihailov, a specialist in International Macroeconomics and Monetary Theory and Policy at the University of Reading, won an Invited Professorship to the University of Lille 1 hence his current visit to France.

Professor Mark Casson contributes to landmark publication in entrepreneurship

Release Date: 10 March 2010

See Press Release on the University website - http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/newsandevents/releases/PR271961.aspx

Dr Plotnikova invited to speak at the Thailand National Housing Authority

Release Date: 06 January 2010

Today Dr Maria Plotnikova, Lecturer in Economics, gave an invited seminar talk on the impact of market reforms on the formerly state-owned housing systems in Eastern Europe and Russia. The areas of particular interest to Thai audience were land rights and development of social rental housing.

Dr Plotnikova, a Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture and Design, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, was a keynote speaker for the event, hosted jointly by the Thailand National Housing Authority and King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. Dr. Plotnikova joined the School of Economics in 2007. Her area of research is regional and urban economics, in particular housing markets in transition economies. She is a member of the Centre for Spatial and Real Estate Economics (CSpREE) and the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies (CEAS).

Students celebrate success at Graduation

Release Date: 17 December 2009

On the 12 December 2009 students of the School of Economics postgraduate masters programmes marked the end of their studies at the annual graduation ceremony, held at the University's London Road campus.

The School would like to wish all of its graduates success in their future careers.

Professor Kalyuzhnova promotes sustainable development in the oil and gas sector

Release Date: 05 November 2009

Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova presented at the second South-South High-Level Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, acting as a consultant and for the participating governments and companies of South-South.

The meeting provided a platform for representatives from emerging oil- and gas-producing countries to discuss their roles in promoting sustainable development on, 'The presentation was excellent and remarks enriched the discussions and deliberations. From the outset, the topic of managing the expectations of the people after the discovery of oil and gas proved popular and we hope to focus more on this topic in the future.'

Vodaphone prize winner is top of the class

Release Date: 02 November 2009

Vodaphone prize winner Carly Smith was presented with her award for the best Part 2 Economics student in front of fellow classmates during a break in class on Friday 30 October.

Carly, who studies BA Economics, achieved the best overall score for a Part 2 student in the academic year 2008-9. Presented with the award by the head of School, Professor Uma Kambhampati, Carly said 'When I found out I had won the Vodafone Prize for Best Part 2 Economics student it was a great surprise. It is wonderful to be recognised for my achievement and it reflects the hard work I have put in over the last year. It has really boosted my confidence and set the bar high for my final year!'

With such an excellent beginning to Part 3, the School wishes Carly all the best for the future.

Postgraduate masters scholarships awarded

Release Date: 22 October 2009

The School of Economics is delighted to announce that Dean's Scholarships have been awarded to 7 new postgraduate masters students.

The Scholarships, each worth 10% of the tuition fee, are awarded to students entering with a first-class honours, or the international equivalent, in their first degree, and studying for a postgraduate masters degree in Economics.

This year's winners are:

Amir Darvishi

Thu Le

Sathida Songvutti

Tunde Togay

Max Ferreira Junqueira

The School would like to congratulate those receiving awards and to wish all its students a successful and enjoyable year ahead.

Conference paper explores the issue of hydrocarbon revenue in private sector growth

Release Date: 18 September 2009

Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova and Dr Christian Nygaard presented their paper 'Oil, Credit Growth and State Owned Financial Intermediaries in Russia and Kazakhstan' at the conference '20 years of Transition in Central and Eastern Europe: Money, Banking and Financial Markets' in London on 17 September, 2009. The paper analyses the role of hydrocarbon revenue in private sector growth and attempts to triangulate this evidence with state accumulation and redirection of such revenues and recent state intervention in Russia and Kazakhstan following the financial crisis.

Link formed with the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies

Release Date: 15 September 2009

Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova has been awarded the title of Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Through this appointment, the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, part of the School of Economics, hopes to establish cooperative links with the Institute. 'There is a great synergy in the work of both institutions,' says Professor Kalyuzhnova, who will be working on issues connected with the economics of local content in CIS oil and gas industries.

Professor Kalyuzhnova to speak at Global Local Content Summit

Release Date: 20 August 2009

Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova will be speaking at one of the oil and gas industry's most important events, the 5th Annual Global Local Content Summit, in September 2009.

Professor Kalyuzhnova will be presenting on the Middle East, Russia and the CIS. The summit will also welcome guests from the likes of Exxon Neftegas Ltd, the BG Group and PEDEC/National Iranian Oil Company.

Student achievement recognised at Graduation

Release Date: 4 July 2009

On 3 July 2009 the newest graduates of the School of Economics' undergraduate courses ascended the steps of the Great Hall at the London Road campus to receive their degree certificates. Rec

Second International Business Conference a success

Release Date: 6 April 2009

More than 100 delegates, including many of the world's leading International Business scholars, attended the Second Reading IB Conference on March 30 and 31, 2009.

New article investigating corporate charitable giving as a strategic role in business

Release Date: 2 April 2009

The School of Economics' Dr Stephen Pavelin and Dr Lynda Porter, along with Dr Stephen Brammer, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bath, have presented their research findings in a new article looking at the growing body of research suggesting that corporate charitable giving plays an important strategic role for many businesses.

The recession - is there a way out?

Release Date: 25 March 2009

The government wishes us to believe that we can 'spend our way out of recession' and return quickly to the 'good times' that have characterised twenty-first-century New Labour Britain. The School of Economics' Professor Mark Casson explores the issue.

Professor John Dunning OBE

Release Date: 30 January 2009

The University of Reading is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Professor John Dunning OBE, and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Professor Dunning was widely known and extremely well respected by the University of Reading, receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters in 2008. He was Emeritus Professor of International Business at the University and was the first head of the then Department of Economics upon its establishment in 1964.

He was the founder and leading light of the 'Reading School' of thought in the economics of international business and international investment, and was a consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank and numerous other governmental organisations. Henley Business School at the University of Reading, with its John H. Dunning Centre for International Business, is still the world's pre-eminent centre for international business research.

Professor Robert Pearce, a longstanding colleague and friend said, 'My first thought is that I knew John for 45 years and through all that time I never stopped learning from him. Not, of course, that John would ever dream of lecturing those of us who knew him and worked with him in a proscriptive or censorious way, he was much too generous and open-minded for that, but we did have the wonderful opportunity to learn valuable and important things from his example.

'I will miss John terribly, but I will continue to learn from him, because I will take his example with me always.'

New postgraduate masters course launched

Release Date: 24 January 2009

The School of Economics has launched a new postgraduate masters course open to students applying for entry in 2009 - MSc International Finance and Economic Development. The new course will assess the role played by finance in facilitating as well as blocking economic development, and explore the place of developing countries in the global economy.

Former President of Yell.com gives public lecture

Release Date: 23 January 2009

On 22 January 2009 Dr Eddie Cheng, Former President of Yell.com and Director of International Business gave a public lecture at the University's Whiteknights campus.

In his lecture, titled "From paper to electronics: a personal perspective on the evolution of marketing," Dr Cheng provided a key insight into his own career and the evolution of digital media and marketing over the past two decades.

Dr Cheng (BSc, PhD, DMS, DipM, FRSA) graduated from the University of Reading as a Biochemist, before going on to work for organisations including the Post Office, BT and Yell. During just under 25 years at Yell, formerly Yellow Pages, he led the development and management of Electronic Yellow Pages, Talking Pages and Yell.com - occupying the role of President of Yell.com for 10 years.

Yell is an international publisher of directory information. It operates in UK, USA, Spain, Peru, Chile and Argentina. In 2008, the group's revenue was £2.2bn.ognising specific individual achievements, prizes were awarded to the top undergraduate students as follows:

The Vodafone Prize for the Best Part 2 Student - Carly Smith

The Vodafone Part 3 Prize for Outstanding Contribution - Ian Watkins

The Deloitte Prize for Outstanding Achievement - Kate Gunn

The John H Dunning Award for the Top Finalist 2008/09 - Daniel Simson

The School and all of our staff would like to thank each of our graduates and wish them every success in the future.

Professor awarded honorary degree

17 December 2008

The School's Professor Dunning, an Emeritus Professor of International Business at the University of Reading, has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by Professor John Hendry, Deputy Dean of Henley Business School.

The first head of the University's Economics Department, upon its establishment in 1964, Professor Dunning is the founder and leading light of the 'Reading School' of thought in the economics of international business and international investment, and has been a consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank and numerous other governmental organisations.

Professor Hendry said: 'The 'Reading School' is, by any measure, the world's most influential and most famous school of research and researchers in the economics of international business and international investment. The Henley Business School at the University of Reading, with its John H. Dunning Centre for International Business, is still the world's pre-eminent centre for international business research.

John's expertise in the world of economics and his distinguished and long-standing association with the University of Reading means this recognition is fully deserved.'

Economics students awarded Vodafone prizes

17 November 2008

Two students in the School of Economics have received prizes from telecommunications group Vodafone. Ian Watkins, received the second year Vodafone prize for the best student, and Remmy Kampamba received the postgraduate Vodafone prize for the best student. The winners will receive their awards during a presentation and lunch hosted by David Danielli, Vodafone's Community Relations Manager, on 26 November.

Symposium - Energy Issues and Challenges in Emerging Economies

10 November 2008

The management of oil and gas revenues, which are volatile, unpredictable, and ultimately exhaustible, offers important opportunities, but can also greatly complicate economic policy making. The current symposium aims to bring into the discussion these challenges and to identify possible implications for economic policy making.

In the first paper of the symposium the School of Economics' Yelena Kalyuzhnova, and Ali M. Kutan, and Taner Yigit argue that allowing businesses to act more efficiently by easing regulations is a useful step in reducing corruption, which ultimately will lead to establishing a better political regime and will make an impact on a corruption ranking.

Comparative Economic Studies (2008) doi:10.1057/ces.2008.47

New book critically reflects on the regulation of prostitution

7 November 2008

Dr Marina Della Giusta, a senior lecturer in the School of Economics, has co-edited a new book, Demanding Sex: Critical Reflections on the Regulation of Prostitution.

Interrogating supply/demand from an inter- and multi-disciplinary perspective, this collection broadens engagement beyond the routine analysis of the locus of violence in prostitution and the validity of the prostitute's consent. Read more.

Free public lecture series line-up announced

1 November 2008

The John H Dunning Centre for International Business is happy to announce the line-up for its annual lecture series, and to welcome speakers from GE Healthcare, Microsoft, Yell.com and Pfizer Corporate. Read more.

Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova releases new book on energy economics

4 August 2008

The School of Economics' Dr Yelena Kalyuzhnova has released a new book on energy economics.

Titled 'Economics of the Caspian Oil and Gas Wealth: Companies, Governments, Policies,' the book focuses on three Caspian economies - Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan – and explores the economic challenges involved in managing hydrocarbon wealth – ultimately the most important issues facing a resource-rich economy as it develops an exploration and production strategy. Read more.

2009 international business conference announced

3 August 2008

The John H Dunning Centre for International Business is pleased to announce details next year's conference, taking place on 30-31 March 2009.

The conference will ask 'Do new and emerging trends in IB require new theoretical and conceptual approaches?' focussing on themes relating to ownership, corporate social responsibility and emerging markets. Read more.

Research centre named after emeritus professor

31 July 2008

The Centre for International Business and Strategy (CIBS), has been renamed after one of the School of Economics' and the University of Reading's most prominent academics. From 01 August 2008 CIBS will be known as the John H Dunning Centre for International Business. Read more.

Topping off for new building

7 July 2008

7 July 2008 saw a topping off ceremony for the new Business School building, currently under construction on our main Whiteknights campus. Read more.

Economics graduates celebrate success

28 June 2008

On 28 June, 2008 students from the School of Economics celebrated their graduation at the Great Hall on the University's London Road campus. Read more.

Professor John Dunning awarded an OBE

17 June 2008

The School of Economics' Professor John Dunning has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2008 Birthday Honours for services to International Business scholarship. Read more.

Chevening students excel

23 May 2008

The School of Economics' Centre for Euro-Asian Studies has successfully completed the 3rd Chevening Fellowship Programme "Economics of Energy" which has been running at the University since 2006, and currently receives significant investment from the Home Office as a programme of particular importance in training the world's leaders in this area. Read more.

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