Date of release: Monday, June 8, 2015

Prof Mehmet UgurEconomics expert Mehmet Ugur will be reflecting on the crossing of individual and disciplinary 'journeys' in the study of economics when he gives his inaugural professorial lecture at the University of Greenwich.

In his talk, which is free and open to all, Professor Ugur will discuss various theories, from classical scholars to modern thinking, outlining his areas of expertise and his various discoveries along the way. He concludes that "economics' true coming of age is still an unfinished journey".

The lecture, Economics and institutions: the crossing of disciplinary and personal journeys, hosted by the university's Business School, takes place on Thursday 11 June, at 6pm, in Queen Anne Building Room 080, Greenwich Campus.

A member of the Department of International Business and Economics, his subject areas include European integration, corporate governance and innovation, as well as open economy macroeconomics, international finance and statistical methods for research.

His recent research includes an investigation into business innovation in the UK. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the UK's largest organisation for backing high-quality research which has an impact on business and society, Professor Ugur examined the impact of tax subsidies on firms that carry out research and development, and assessed how innovation improves a firm's performance in terms of growth and job creation.

Professor Ugur is a member of the Meta-Analysis of Economic Research Network, an international network of economic science scholars, an editorial board member for a number of academic journals and an advisory board member for several research centres. His consultancy work has spanned companies including International Budget Partnership (Washington), Routledge (UK), and the Centre for Innovation and Competition-based Development Studies (Turkey).

The author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, he is the co-editor of Does economic governance matter? Governance institutions and outcomes (2011).

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