PEGFA

PEGFA | Centre of Political Economy, Governance and Financial Accountability

The Centre for Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (PEGFA) researches pathways to a green, caring and equitable economy, financial system, and society.

Focusing on economic, social, political and financial practices


The Centre of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability analyses economic, social and corporate practices and issues from political, economic, governance and risk perspectives.

About us: our vision

The Centre for Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (PEGFA) is a world-leading hub for innovative, rigorous, and impactful research and teaching. Our premise is that social, economic, environmental and political outcomes are shaped by historical context and social norms, institutional and governance structures, and power relations. Our research addresses a broad range of pressing challenges facing modern societies around the world, from creating a green and caring economy to tackling inequalities and the cost of living crisis.

We aim to:

  • Research problems that are relevant to society and business, from economic, governance and risk perspectives,
  • Produce research-based recommendations for practice and policy with local, national and international impact,
  • Support sustainability, fairness, equality, diversity, accountability and development,
  • Inform optimal regulation, supervision and intervention.

Our impact on the world

With a focus on impactful world-leading research, knowledge exchange and research-informed teaching in economics, accounting and finance, PEGFA addresses the urgent problems of our time. Our researchers contribute to the development of sustainable public policy and business models by proposing economic, financial and governance solutions to inequalities, climate change, care crisis, and financial instability. Impact, in terms of contributing to sustainability, equality, inclusivity, diversity, and decolonising research and education, lies at the heart of our research and knowledge exchange activities.

PEGFA’s research on economic, social, political, and financial issues contributes to many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Examples include:

  • Our research on the causes and consequences of multiple forms of inequality (income, wealth, gender, race, regional, international), which supports No Poverty (SDG1), Zero Hunger (SDG2), Gender Equality (SDG5), Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG8), and Reduced Inequality (SDG10);
  • Our research on greening the economy and finance for ecological and financial sustainability and tackling climate change and the energy crisis, which promotes Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG6), Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG7) and Climate Action (SDG13);
  • Our research on investing in a caring economy for a sustainable solution to the care crisis and demographic change in an aging society, which supports Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG3), Quality Education (SDG4), and Gender Equality (SDG5);
  • Our research on the effects of technological innovation, which supports Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG9) by analysing both the growth and distribution channels through which technological change affects firms, industries, localities and the society at large;
  • Our research on governance and regulation, financial risk management, social contribution of finance, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, and supervision for ecological, social and financial sustainability, which supports the Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16);
  • Our knowledge exchange work in terms of public and community engagement and working with the public and third sector, which supports Partnerships for the Goals (SDG17).

Who we are

An interdisciplinary approach

The world’s problems are too large and complex to be solved by a single expertise alone. PEGFA comprises two groups - CGRA (Centre for Governance, Risk and Accountability) and GPERC (Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre) - is dedicated to truly interdisciplinary research. Alongside a critical mass in economics, finance and accounting, we bring together experts in gender studies, business management, sociology, politics and history. Regardless of specialism, each PEGFA researcher is mission-orientated to achieve sustainability in all its dimensions: environmental, economic, financial, and social.

Partners

PEGFA forms strategic partnerships, knowledge exchange, and active collaborations based on research projects with a wide variety of experts and decision-makers at the local, national and international level. These include:

  • Leading universities in the UK (e.g., King’s College London, Leeds, SOAS, Queen Mary, University of West of England, Hertfordshire, Brunel) and abroad (Duesburg, Berlin School of Economics, Kemnitz, Paris 13, Lisbon, Madrid, Navarra, Pavia, Marche, Milan, WU-Wien, Columbia, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Bogazici, ITU, Azim Premji, Witwatersrand Johannesburg, Brasilia, Anhui);
  • Regulatory bodies (e.g., Financial Conduct Authority, the UK Statistics Authority) and trade associations (e.g. the Association of British Insurers);
  • Research networks (e.g., Meta-Analysis of Economics Research Network, Cochrane and Campbell Collaboration Economics Method Group, Forum for Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies, Financial Management Association, Post-Keynesian Economics Society, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)
  • Civil society organisations (e.g., Women’s Budget Group, Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Autonomy, Green Peace, New Economics Foundation, Hans Boeckler Foundation);
  • Policy institutions (e.g. central banks, regional development banks such as Asian Development Bank, UN institutions).

Funding

The research of the Centre for Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability is supported by research grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, Climate Works Foundation (INSPIRE), UN/UNCTAD, UN International Labour Office (ILO), Hans Boeckler Foundation, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), Hewlett Foundation, the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET), Women’s Budget Group, Network for Social Change, New Economics Foundation (NEF), Friedrich Ebert Foundation, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Austrian Chamber of Labour, Korean Development Institute, and other renowned institutions.

Our research

PEGFA is distinctly positioned as an interdisciplinary, multi-faceted centre with expertise in economics, finance, accounting, gender studies, business, and sociology, method specialisms in both quantitative and qualitative methods to offer rigorous interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical research as a foundation for policy analysis. We embrace both theoretical and methodological pluralism.

The multiple strands of research at PEGFA reflect the economic, financial and societal challenges we seek to address. These include:

  • Greening the economy and finance for ecological and financial sustainability
  • Investing in the care economy
  • Causes and consequences of inequalities
  • Productivity, innovation and equality in the age of technological change
  • Finance, governance, institutions and regulation for sustainability
  • Public investment and fiscal policy; evidence based public policy
  • Globalization and global imbalances
  • Development (global, regional and local), decolonizing research and education
  • The effects of financialization on the economy
  • Behavioural economics and finance
  • Unemployment, employment, work, labour market institutions
  • Performance management and control

See our list of publications for recent outputs in these areas.

Greening the economy and finance for ecological and financial sustainability

PEGFA is world-renowned for its research and expertise on the green economy, ecological sustainability, climate change and the energy crisis. Using innovative ecological macroeconomic modelling and micro data analyses, PEGFA staff made concrete proposals about how green public investment and taxation can contribute to decarbonisation, and how central banks, including the Bank of England (BoE), can green their monetary policy. These proposals have been developed in collaboration with think tanks (e.g., New Economics Foundation, Women’s Budget Group, Greenpeace, Foundation for European Progressive Studies), and have affected actual policy decisions (e.g. decarbonisation of the quantitative programmes of the BoE and the European Central Bank (ECB)). Due to this impact there is now high demand for the work of PEGFA, e.g. by the World Bank on the greening of fiscal policy, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on transformation of the financial system, and central banks for developing their capacity building programmes on climate change.

Investing in the care economy

Our staff conduct high profile work on the care economy in a time when societies are aging and experiencing rapid demographic and technological change. Our research demonstrates the beneficial macroeconomic effects of investing in the care economy on employment, gender, income and wealth equality, and just transition to a zero-carbon and caring economy. This research provides evidence for a paradigm shift towards a needs-based approach to macroeconomic policy for a green caring just society. The findings are crucial for policies to support recovery after Covid-19 and cost of living crises in the post-Brexit UK and the world. PEGFA staff have been part of the global Care Economy Network, and invited to the Task Force on Employment by the Nobel Laureate Prof. Joseph Stiglitz. The team have further developed a novel analysis to explore the employment creation potential of investing both in the green and care economy for a research project commissioned by the ITUC.

Causes and consequences of inequalities

A central objective of the work at PEGFA is to analyse both the causes and impacts of inequalities at multiple dimensions in terms of income, wealth gender, race, as well as at regional, and international levels. In particular our research analyses the effects of inequalities and economic policies on GDP, employment and productivity.

Productivity, innovation and equality in the age of technological change

This research strand analyses the incentives for and effects of Research and Development (R&D) investment on firm survival, employment and productivity using micro-econometric data. Results indicate that there is high degree of heterogeneity in the effect of public subsidies on business R&D and its effects.

Finance, governance, institutions and regulation for sustainability

A key strand of research at PEGFA is to analyse the impact of governance and regulations including banking regulation and supervision and corporate governance to improve financial risk management and the social contributions of finance. Our research on social responsibility, accounting and business ethics build on critical accounting with an aim to improve international accounting standards and financial sustainability. A key constraint on the survival and development of small businesses anywhere in the world, but especially in less industrialised regions, is access to finance and insurance for their operations, particularly for innovations. A Recent research with societal impact at PEGFA focused on influencing policy and practice so as to improve the provision of credit and insurance coverage for smallholder farmers in Africa. Our deputy director, Mundy, has key roles in

national governance institutions such as the Financial Conducts Authority’s Financial Services Consumer Panel, the Audit and Risk Committee of the UK Statistics Authority and trade bodies, such as the Association of British Insurers/Consumer Advisory Group, all contributing to knowledge exchange.

Method specialism

We offer an inventory of method specialism:

  • Panel-data methodologies for macro- and micro-econometric data,
  • Time-series econometric methods for system of equations
  • Treatment-effect and program evaluation methods
  • Single-state and multiple-state event history models, state transition and resilience models, risk and survival models
  • Evidence synthesis through systematic reviews, meta-analysis and cumulative meta-analysis
  • Agent-based, stock-flow consistent models
  • Qualitative methods including narrative and discourse analysis, interviewing, surveys, and focus groups

Publications/Output

View all publications.

Our research offers solutions to the multiple crises of our time ranging from ecological breakdown to care needs in an aging society, inequalities in class, gender, race and across regions, financial instability and challenges of technological change in the age of AI.

- Ozlem Onaran, PEGFA Co-Director and Associate Head of the School of Accounting, Finance & Economics / Research and Knowledge Exchange

Our Experts

Directors

Deputy Directors

Experts

Dr Adeyemi Aderin

Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Dr Faith Adobamen

Lecturer, International Business.

Dr Zunaira Aman

Lecturer in MBA International Business & Economics

Dr Mary-Paz Arrieta-Paredes

Deputy Programme Leader of the BSc Hons Economics with Finance endorsement

Dr Trung Bao Hoang

Lecturer in Financial Management

Dr Nadia Benbouzid

Senior Lecturer in Finance

Adotey Bing-Pappoe

Senior Lecturer

Dr Alberto Botta

Associate Professor of Economics

Dr Karen Brickman

Head of School for Business, Operations and Strategy

Dr Lesley Catchpowle

Senior Lecturer in Social and Critical Accounting and Organisational Studies

Dr Neslihan Cetinkaya

Lecturer in Financial Accounting

Dr Zhizhen Chen

Senior Lecturer

Dr Ian Clarke

Senior Lecturer Innovation and Enterprise

Dr Anne-Marie Coles

Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management

Dr Yuliya Darmenova

Lecturer in Business

Dr Olufemi Sallyanne Decker

Associate Professor

Helen Evans

Senior Lecturer in Finance

Dr Dorothea Fadipe

Senior Lecturer

Dr Xiaowen Gao

Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance

Mahkameh Ghanei

Principal Lecturer

Michail Giannoulakis

Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Dr Francesco Guidi

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Alexander Guschanski

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Chusu He

Lecturer in Finance

Dr Md Tarikul Islam

Senior Lecturer in Management Accounting

Dr Robert Calvert Jump

Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods

Dr Vicky Lee

Lecturer in Finance

Dr Xianmin Liu

Lecturer in Finance

Dr Pedro Machado

Lecturer in Economics

Dr Nikolaidi Maria

Associate Professor in Economics

Professor Ana Marr

Professor of International Development Economics

Dr Tesfa Mehari

Lead Tutor, Principal Lecturer

Menna Mohamed

Lecturer in Management Accounting

Dr Joanna Molyn

Senior Lecturer

Dr Thu Nguyen

Lecturer in Management Accounting

Dr Patricia Ntozi-Obwale

Senior Lecturer

Dr Cem Oyvat

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Panagiotis Panagiotou

Senior Lecturer in Finance and Banking

Dr Athina Piterou

Lecturer in sustainability

Jeff Powell

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Lianfeng Quan

Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Thomas Rabensteiner

Lecturer in Economics

Dr Dawn Reilly

Associate Professor of Accounting, Deputy Head of School of Accounting, Finance and Economics

Dr Antonella Russo

Associate Head Student Success, School of Accounting, Finance and Economics

Dr Navjot Sangwan

Lecturer in Economics

Dr Sohan Sarwar

Senior Lecturer in Finance

Dr Jun Yuan (Julian) Seng

Lecturer in International Business

Dr Rami Shamseen

Programme Leader, BA Marketing Suite, BA Public Relation & Communications and Lecturer in Finance and Marketing

Dr Edna Solomon

Senior Lecturer in International Business Economics, Programme Leader, BSc Hons Economics & Economics with Banking

Dr Guoxiang Song

Senior Lecturer

Dr Tendai Douglas Svotwa

Lecturer in Management

Dr Luca Tasciotti

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Ben Tippet

Lecturer in Economics

Kevin Williams

Academic Portfolio Lead and Programme Director

Ms Lili Yan

Lecturer

Yuliya Yurchenko

Senior Lecturer in Political Economy

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