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Dr Lorena Lombardozzi

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Lorena is a Lecturer in Economics at the School of Social Sciences & Global Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the Open University. She is Co-Director of IKD: Innovation, Knowledge and Development Research Centre

She completed her PhD thesis in Economics at SOAS, University of London (fully funded by SOAS Economics dpt.) with a title ‘A nexus between the role of the state, market transition and food consumption: The case of Uzbekistan’. Lorena holds a MSc from SOAS in Political Economy of Development (fully-funded).  She received a previous Masters in Development Economics from University La Sapienza of Rome, Italy. 

Before returning to academia Lorena worked as a development economist in Latin America in 2014, in Uzbekistan for the regional office of UNODC in Central Asia from 2010 to 2012, and between 2007 and 2010 with the European Commission and the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs in the field of development economics, international trade and environmental policy.

Research interests

Her research interests relate to the theoretical debates on political economy, inequality, growth and distribution as well as to applied areas of international development (Central Asia in particular), gender and feminist economics, labour and work, the welfare state and wellbeing, agro-industrial policy and innovation, food system, global value chains and research methods in Economics.  

Teaching interests

At the OU she has been chairing/teaching on the following modules:

- DD321 Topics in Economics

- DD309 Doing Economics: People, Markets and Policy

- DD126 Economics in Context

- Post-graduate Convenor for Economics 


She has taught at the University of London (SOAS, City) on


- Environmental Economics

- Political Economy of Agriculture and Food

- Political Economy of Development

- Gender Economics

- Research Methods


-Introduction to Economic Analysis

-Introduction to Macroeconomics


Impact and engagement

Policy/Working Papers:

Werner N., Cozzolino A., Fiorillo M., Lombardozzi L., Olmos (2019) 'European Economic Democracy A new path out of the crisis' FEPS Study, Brussels 

Pitts H., Lombardozzi L., Werner N., (2017) “Beyond Basic Income: Overcoming the crisis of social Democracy?”, FEPS study, Brussels

Lombardozzi, L. (2016), “Are distortions good for development? Structural transformations and cotton in Uzbekistan”, SOAS Department of Economics Working Paper Series, No. 193, The School of Oriental and African Studies

Lombardozzi L., G. Bottos, T. Havlin, B.Balev, (2016) “From class struggle to struggling with class. Is class still a valid analytical category for understanding inequality in Europe? How can it help shape progressive politics? , FEPS study, Brussels

Lombardozzi L. “Review article: (2020) "Markets Threads: How cotton farmers and traders create a global commodity” Historical Materialism, available at;

Blogs and podcasts:

Lombardozzi, L. (2020) "Separated under the Same Roof: The Revived Relationships of State-Market Institutions" 27 July, 2020 Developing Economics. Available at

Lombardozzi, L. (2020) "Neoliberal Digitalism: The Gig Economy in the Global South" Issue 12 Futures of Work, - Available at

Lombardozzi L. & Huber M. (2020) "COVID-19 shows why we must socialize the food system" in Social scientific research in the time of COVID-19, vlog available at

Lombardozzi, L. (2020) "Interdisciplinary research routes on gender and social policy" - Available at

Lombardozzi, L. (2020) "World Access to Higher Education Day - The power of education" - Available at

Lombardozzi, L (2019) "Will Universal Basic income set us free?" A Correction Podcast - Available at

Lombardozzi, L. (2019) "Building a BRI Network at The Open University" Available at

Lombardozzi, L., Warner, N. (2019) "European economic democracy: a path out of the crisis". Social Europe. Available at 

Lombardozzi, L (2019) "Mind the Gap: Addressing the Class Dimension in Higher Education" Developing Economics - Available at

Lombardozzi, L (2019) "Launch of the Gender and Social Policy Network at the OU" 

Lombardozzi, L. (2019) "The not so secret winners and losers behind the T-shirt value chain- It is time to change the rules of the game" LSE International Development.  Available at:

Lombardozzi, L. Pitts, FH (2018) "Abstract and concrete universals: basic services, basic infrastructure, basic income". Issue 4 Futures of Work - Available at

Pitts, FH, Warner, N & Lombardozzi, L, (2017), ‘Why basic income alone will not be a panacea to social insecurity’. LSE Politics & Policy Blog - Available at 

Lombardozzi, L, (2016) ‘Inside the housing block: Impressions of London and Tashkent’. Retrograd - Available at


External collaborations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


- Member of the 'Teaching Political Economy Working Group' convening committee of IIPPE International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy  

- Member of FEPS YAN Political Economy Working Group

- Lead of 'Gender and Social Policy' IKD Research Theme

- Affiliated Lecturer in Development Studies, University of Cambridge and researcher at Cambridge Central Asia Forum

- Member of Futures of Work advisory board




Can self-sufficiency policy improve food security? An inter-temporal assessment of the wheat value-chain in Uzbekistan (2020-04)
Lombardozzi, Lorena and Djanibekov, Nodir
Eurasian Geography and Economics ((Early Access))

Unpacking state-led upgrading: empirical evidence from the Uzbek horticulture value chain governance (2020)
Lombardozzi, Lorena
Review of International Political Economy ((Early Access))

Gender Inequality, Social Reproduction and the Universal Basic Income (2020)
Lombardozzi, Lorena
Political Quarterly ((In press))

Patterns of accumulation and social differentiation through a slow-paced agrarian market transition: the case of post-Soviet Uzbekistan (2020)
Lombardozzi, Lorena
Journal of Agrarian Change ((Early access))

Hidden Abodes in Plain Sight: The Social Reproduction of Households and Labour in the COVID-19 pandemic (2020)
Stevano, Sara; Mezzadri, Alessandra; Lombardozzi, Lorena and Bargawi, Hannah
Feminist Economics ((In Press))

Can distortions in agriculture support structural transformation? The case of Uzbekistan (2019)
Lombardozzi, Lorena
Post-Communist Economies, 31(1) (pp. 52-74)

Social Form, Social Reproduction and Social Policy: Basic Income, Basic Services, Basic Infrastructure (2019)
Lombardozzi, Lorena and Pitts, Frederick Harry
Capital and Class ((Early Access))

[Book Review] Transition Economies: transformation, development and society in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union by Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, Routledge, 2018 (2019)
Lombardozzi, Lorena
Review of Radical Political Economics ((In Press))

Speenhamland, Automation and the Basic Income: A warning from history? (2017)
Pitts, Frederick Harry; Lombardozzi, Lorena and Warner, Neil
Renewal, 25(3-4) (pp. 145-155)

Paul Shaffer: Q-Squared: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches in Poverty Analysis. (2017)
Lombardozzi, Lorena
Economic Issues, 22(1) (pp. 120-122)