I trained as both an economist and a historian because I think it is important to connect the present with the past in order to understand the context in which economic decisions are made.
I teach economics to my students as an applied social science, as a means of getting them to think about how and why the world around them works in the way it does. This partly involves providing them with the long view, so they can better appreciate in which ways society can change over time, and in which ways it can stay the same.
Economists need economic history, but they aren't getting it in their university training. This is because their professors were themselves never taught it. I lead a pedagogical research project (with Matthias Blum) to develop new teaching and learning material aimed at solving this problem. Find out more about the project inan op-ed I wrote for QPol, and a podcast interviewwith Palgrave Macmillan editor Ruth Noble.
Promotional video for An Economist's Guide to Economic History produced by Econ Films.
Teaching duties at Queen's University Belfast
Communicating Economics (ECO1014) Introductory-level undergraduate module for BSc Economics students. Designed to complement other first-year modules by helping students to communicate their economic ideas in clear and concise written and oral media. I coordinate and teach all aspects of this module.
Economic History (ECO3020) Advanced-level undergraduate module for BSc Economics, BSc Business Economics and BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics students. This optional module exposes final-year students to the fields of economic history and historical economics. Pedagogy is based on research-led teaching, and students learn how to read and judge academic work. I coordinate and teach all aspects of this module.
The Global Economic Environment (MBA7172) This module exposes MBA students to important theories and applications of ideas from the field of economics. Pedagogy is based on the analysis of real-world case studies. I teach the microeconomics/managerial economics component of this module.