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I have a background in cultural studies (MA in Economics and Languages) and a PhD in Economics from SDU, Denmark. My doctoral thesis was on foreign direct investment in Poland and the political-economic and technological aspects of the reincorporation of foreign capital into the Polish economic system during transition to a market economy. Since then I have worked as Assistant and Associate Professor at the Department of International Economics and Management at CBS, Copenhagen. At the same time I was a Lecturer in Comparative Economic Systems at Copenhagen University. Later I became Associate Professor at the Economics Department at Kadir Has University in Istanbul until I moved to Malaysia as the first Director of Studies and Associate Professor to the Nottingham School of Economics in Malaysia. During my time working in Asia I also served two terms as Research Fellow with the think-tank CASE in Poland.

My research is in international trade and focuses on multinational firms and exporting capabilities but with the political-economic aspects of economic systems research as an important underlying theme. For example, I have conducted several research projects on the political-economic systemic aspects of foreign direct investment in emerging economies such as Poland, Turkey, Malaysia and Cuba. Currently I am finalising a major research project on the Polish Special Economic Zones' policy where the underlying hypothesis is that the SEZ administrations have become a third factor (in between the central and local administrations) of the political-economic geography of the country with the particular protagonist role of catering to (foreign) business investors. A related project I am continuing working on is the role of country systemic factors (especially political risk) towards shaping the long run of the techno-socio-economic outcomes of foreign direct investments in emerging economies.

My future research will focus on the role of information and cultural perceptions related with the current proliferation of self-governance mechanisms for standard setting cultures and systems in international trade exemplified with cases related with energy and the environment, where the central actors also often are multinational firms.

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, University of Sussex

4 Oct 2021 → …


  • Economics, Politics
  • Multinational Firms
  • International Trade
  • Policy Evaluation
  • Sustainable Development
  • Green behaviour
  • Carbon pricing

Publication network

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