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Dr Christina Laskaridi

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Christina is a Lecturer in Economics within the School of Social Sciences & Global Studies, with a PhD in Economics from SOAS, University of London. Christina co-convenes the OU Economics Seminar Series, an inter-disiciplnary approach to furthering public education in economics.

Christina is one the historians of economics that co-convenes the The Politics of Economics seminar series at the University of Cambridge, and helps to produce the history of economics podcast Ceteris Never Paribus. She was a Research Fellow at Duke University’s Center for the History of Political Economy.

Christina uses her expertise to provide consultancy work on debt and development issues. She currently assists the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the work of the Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights. She has worked with UNCTAD's Debt and Development Division, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and several NGOs on sovereign debt issues.

Research interests

The main research areas I work in are the political economy of sovereign debt, international organisations and monetary and debt debates. I am currently working on a history of 'debt sustainability' examining the interaction between policy, theory and measurement. My works seeks to uncover the influence of economic ideas, the rise and nature of economic expertise in historical perspective, and how economic knowledge moves between different realms of expertise, such as academia and policy institutions.

Latest work: "IMF Surcharges: Counterproductive and Unfair", September 2021, with Weisbrot, M., Arauz, A., and Sammut, J., Centre for Economic Policy Research, Washington, DC.

Recent research includes:

Recent Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Laskaridis, C. (2021), 'When push came to shove: COVID-19 and debt crises in low-income countries', Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 42 (1).
  • Stubbs, T., Kring, W., Laskaridis, C., Kentikelenis, A., Gallagher, K., (2020) ‘Whatever it takes? The global financial safety net, Covid-19, and developing countries’, World Development, Vol 137
  • Laskaridis, C (2020), 'Ricardo and his contemporaries on the national debt and monetary reform', Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, Vol. 38A
  • Bonizzi, B., Laskaridis., C and Toporowski., J (2019), 'Global liquidity, private actors and debt sustainability across Sub Saharan Africa', Development and Change, Vol 50 (5).
  • Laskaridis, C. and Syrmaloglou., A, (2019), 'Two Sticks and One Carrot: Public Debt and the International Financial Commission in Greece 1854-1859', Œconomia – History, Methodology, Philosophy Vol 9 (4).

Book Chapters

Reports and Working papers

  • Bonizzi, B., Laskaridis, C., and Griffiths., J, (2020) 'Private Lending and debt risks of low-income countries', Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London UK
  • Bayliss, K., Bonizzi, B., Dimakou, O., Laskaridis, C., Sial, F. and Van Waeyenberge E. (2020) 'The use of development funds for de-risking private investment: how effective is it in delivering development results?'  Directorate-General for External Policies, European Parliament,
  • Bonizzi, B., Laskaridis, C., and Toporowski J., (2015) 'Developing countries external debt and international financial integration', FESSUD Working Paper Series, No. 121

Teaching interests

Christina enjoys engaging students with economics through an appreciation of its historical development and evolving controversies.  She is part of the DD126 Module Team: Economics in Context and DD321 Economics for a changing World.



Whatever it takes? The global financial safety net, Covid-19, and developing countries (2021-01)
Stubbs, Thomas; Kring, William; Laskaridis, Christina; Kentikelenis, Alexander and Gallagher, Kevin
World Development, 137, Article 105171

When push came to shove: COVID-19 and debt crises in low-income countries (2021)
Laskaridis, Christina
Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement, 42(1-2) (pp. 200-220)

More of an Art than a Science: The IMF’s Debt Sustainability Analysis and the Making of a Public Tool (2020)
Laskaridis, Christina
Œconomia ­­– History / Methodology / Philosophy, 10(4) (pp. 789-818)