Liliana Harding

Liliana Harding


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PhD projects

economics of migration, feminist economic perspectives, the value of public space and culture.

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Personal profile


Liliana is an Associate Professor in Economics. She has previously taught at the RGU in Aberdeen, and UWE Bristol, where she has also completed her PhD. She obtained an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, was a Soros/FCO/Chevening scholar at the University of Oxford and completed her BSc (Licenta) at the (West) University of Timisoara. Her work focusses on migration economics, and her interests extend to further areas of labour economics, cultural economics, regional economic development, economic systems and economic education. She is currently a visiting associate professsor at Tohoku Univeristy, Japan. 



PhD Supervision Interests 

Labour migration, economic development in Central and Eastern Europe, economics of arts and culture.

External Activities

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Tohoku University, Japan 2021-2022
  • Inter-disciplinary podcast series 'Let's talk about Public Spaces' [currently in Romanian] 2020-21
  • Guest Speaker at Lincoln College Oxford on 'Reimagining Capitalism'  October 2020
  • Associate member of the UVT - ECREB centre for research in economics and business 
  • Workshop organiser on 'Migration Research', in the Romanian government academic diaspora collaboration project, December 2017
  • Invited seminar speaker on 'Inequality and Migration', Cambridge Political Economy Society seminar, November 2017
  • Invited speaker by KolorCubes Kassel, addressing 'The value of Public Art', August 2017
  • Keynote Speaker at the 'Interdesign' Symposium hosted by the West University of Timisoara looking at novelty in ‘Designing the Public Space’, July 2016.
  • Workshop leader on 'Academic Writing in Economics', within international conference on 'Current Economic Trends in Emerging and Developing Countries', Timisoara, June 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker at The Economic Thought and Performance SPODE conference: The Romanian Academy and the West University of Timisoara: ‘Reflections on Economics: Academic approach and Expectations of future economists’, April 2012.
  • Honorary Consul of Romania in Aberdeen, Scotland, 2008-2010.
  • Invited speaker at Grampian Police Force Conference, Aberdeen – Scotland with lecture on: ‘Spending cuts versus rising deprivation’ exploring the links between the consequences of economic crisis and regional crime rates, December 2009.
  • Contributed to migration and local economy reviews by the Migration Advisory Committee; BBC Newsnight; the Press and Journal–Aberdeen.
  • Radio talks for: Radio Romania Actualitati; BBC Norfolk; Radio Timisoara; BBC Scotland and MeFm–Aberdeen on topics related to arts and economics, migration economics, international and European affairs, the Romanian diaspora.

Key Research Interests

Current projects

Social inclusion in public spaces: an inter-disciplinary conversation (with C. Nani and F. Pamfil)

From transit to destination country: changing refugee trajectories (with C. Panzaru) 

I am the co-ordinator and contact person of the Migration Research Network at the UEA.

I am a member of the Romanian Migration Network and an associate of the East European Centre for Research in Economics and Business.


Earlier projects

The value of public art.

Modeling dynamic systems of unemployment with labour mobility.

Economics students' changing expectations.

From study to work. Analysing EU graduates’ destinations based on UK HESA data.
International study prospects: a Romanian case study. 


Earlier Research Output (as L. Hiris)

‘International Labour Mobility: Recent trends in Romanian migration’, in A human resources perspective on performance in organisations, ed. D. Abrudan, 2010. Timisoara: Solness Press.

'The Social Context of European East-West Migration’, in Migration, Mobility and Human Rights at the Eastern Border of the European Union - Space of Freedom and Security, eds. G. Silasi and O. L. Simina, 2008. pp. 27-50. Timisoara: West University Press.

‘New migrants in the North-East of Scotland’, July 2007, in Aberdeen Business Journal, Scotland.

‘The mobility of CEEC workers: a comparative study of Romania and Bulgaria’, in The new economists on the Romanian economy, eds. D. Daianu and M. Isarescu, 2003. Bucharest: The Romanian Academy.


Book Review of Chiswick’s ‘The Economics of Immigration’, in Economic Issues, March 2007, 12(1): pp. 125-27.

Book Review of Artis, Banerjee and Marcellino’s ‘The central and eastern European countries and the European Union’, in Journal of Common Market Studies, December 2006, 44(5): pp. 1112-13.

Book Review of Zimmermann’s 'European Migration: What do we know?', in Economic Issues, September 2006, 11 (2): pp. 88-91.

Book Review of Venturini’s ‘Post-War Migration in Southern Europe, 1950-2000. An Economic Analysis’ in Economic Issues, March 2005, 10(1): pp. 72-4.


Key Responsibilities

I am the School of Economics study abroad co-ordinator.

Teaching Interests

Current Teaching:

ECO-6001A Labour Economics (module convenor)

ECO-5006B European Economy (module convenor) 

ECO-5005A International Trade and Integration (module convenor)

ECO-5008B Econometrics Research Project


I am also supervising undergraduate and MSc research projects on a variety of applied economics topics.


Previous Teaching:

ECO-5006A Introductory Econometrics

ECO-5007A Intermediate Microeconomics

ECO-5007B  Intermediate Macroeconomics

ECO-4001Y Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics for Economists

ECO-4003Y Economics of Society, Media and Culture

NBS-1B4Y Economics for Business


External Teaching: 

I am an associate and the key contact for the Economics Network at the UEA, for which I deliver part of the series of GTA training sessions and contribute to online resources.


I have been an external examiner and PhD supervisor for projects including topics such as the resource curse, oil price shocks and macroeconomic conditions, trade openness and financial crisis, telecommunication and economic development, media economics, corporate governance, transition economies.


I have previously been the course leader for an MSc programme in European Policy, Law and Management. 


I have provided reviews and edited web material for textbooks on Business Economics and Economics of European Integration.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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