Liliana Harding
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feminist perspectives in economics, cultural economics, urban economic development and social inclusion, economics of well-being, migration and student mobility, economics education.

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Liliana is an Associate Professor in Economics. Her work focuses on the economics of migration, and her interests extend to different areas of labour, gender economics, regional economic development, economic systems,  cultural economics and economic education. She is currently a visiting associate professor at Tohoku University, Japan. Liliana 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 (Hons) at the West University of Timisoara. 



PhD Supervision Interests 

Migration economics, Women in the economy, Economics of arts and culture, Economics education.

Key Research Interests

Current projects

Using COIL (collaborative online international learning) to promote economics students' engagement with global sustainability goals.

An analysis of variation in students' performance in economics versus other subjects in UK higher education. (with Jibonayan Raychaudhuri)

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

A dynamic system of the labour market with social reproductive work. (with M Neamtu)

Convenor of the Migration Research Network at the UEA. Member of the Romanian Migration Network and an associate of the East European Centre for Research in Economics and Business.


Earlier projects

Gender selection into higher education degrees - an international comparison. 

The value of public culture and social inclusion.

Modelling a dynamic system of unemployment with labour migration.

International students mobility and students' expectations in economics.


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 and the incoming academic editor of the NEP (the Norwich Economic Publications).

Teaching Interests

Current Teaching:

ECO-6001A Labour Economics (module convenor)

ECO-5005A Global Trade (module convenor)

ECO-5006B Regional Economic Integration (module convenor) 

I am 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-5008B  Econometrics Research Project

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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