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Giovanni Razzu

  • Director - Masters in Public Policy

Areas of interest

Labour Economics, the economics of gender, economic inequality with a particular focus on gender and the labour market; poverty and social mobility.

I am interested in supervising research in the areas above, but particularly in gender inequality in the labour market. I am also interested in the applications of the capabilities approach as applied to inequality, particularly its operationalisation and measurement frameworks and issues of autonomy, particularly related to gender inequality.

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

  • Anisa Butt (main supervisor), on decomposition of income inequality in the UK by gender and ethnicity
  • Ayago Wasambile (main supervisor), on social mobility in Africa
  • Zhe Wang (second supervisor), on the relationship between monetary policy and unemployment heterogeneity in EU
  • Anna Zabrodzka (second supervisor) on Polarization of growth among EU regions


Before joining the University in November 2012, I have been a Government Economist in various Departments including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Cabinet Office and the Government Equalities Office (GEO). I have been Lead Analyst for the independent Equalities Review, which produced the report "Fairness and Freedom" and launched a new Equality Measurement Framework based on the capabilities approach.

I have also been Acting Chief Economist in GEO from its establishment until 2008 and have led the Secretariat to the National Equality Panel from 2008 to 2010, which produced the influential "An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK". I have been the UK representative on the Expert Group of the European Institute for Gender Equality and on various working groups. I am now on the UKRI Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Panel.

Academic qualifications

  • Laurea Quadriennale (MSc equivalent), Universita Bocconi, Italy
  • MSC, London School of Economics, UK