Lorena is a Senior 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.
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 social policy, agro-industrial policy and innovation, food systems, global value chains and research methods in Economics.
At the OU she has been chairing/teaching on the following modules:
- DD321 Economics for a Changing World
- 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
Celia Bartlett (DPP) "From Ethical to Political? Consumerism and Gender"
Olga Yan (DPP) "Corporate Social Responsibility of Chinese Enterprises in Europe"
Werner N., Cozzolino A., Fiorillo M., Lombardozzi L., Olmos (2019) 'European Economic Democracy A new path out of the crisis' FEPS Study, Brussels https://www.feps-europe.eu/attachments/publications/fepsyan_economicdemocracy_final.pdf
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 http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/book-review/commodities-price-formation-and-technologies-power-behind-markets;
Blogs and podcasts:
Lombardozzi, L. (13 May 2021) "IKD PhD Hub on gender and social policy" available at https://www.open.ac.uk/ikd/blog/ikd-phd-hub-gender-and-social-policy
Lombardozzi, L (2021) with Stevano, S., Mezzadri, A., Bargawi, H. "Social reproduction and a just post-COVID world" 8 March 2021 SOAS Blog available at https://study.soas.ac.uk/social-reproduction-covid-19/ Also published in Development Economics on 23 March 2021.
Lombardozzi, L. (2020) "Separated under the Same Roof: The Revived Relationships of State-Market Institutions" 27 July, 2020 Developing Economics. Available at https://developingeconomics.org/2020/07/27/separated-under-the-same-roof-the-revived-relationships-of-state-market-institutions/
Lombardozzi, L. (2020) "Neoliberal Digitalism: The Gig Economy in the Global South" Issue 12 Futures of Work, - Available at https://futuresofwork.co.uk/2020/04/01/neoliberal-digitalism-the-gig-economy-in-the-global-south/
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 http://fass.open.ac.uk/school-social-sciences-global-studies-economics/news/covid-19-shows-why-we-must-socialize-food
Lombardozzi, L. (2020) "Interdisciplinary research routes on gender and social policy" - Available at http://www.open.ac.uk/ikd/blog/interdisciplinary-research-routes-gender-and-social-policy
Lombardozzi, L. (2020) "World Access to Higher Education Day - The power of education" - Available at http://www.open.ac.uk/ikd/blog/world-access-higher-education-day-power-education
Lombardozzi, L (2019) "Will Universal Basic income set us free?" A Correction Podcast - Available at https://www.acorrectionpodcast.com/phonyeconomy/tnnslb9xbxk8wglcjyd7cxwzf26zdk
Lombardozzi, L. (2019) "Building a BRI Network at The Open University" Available at http://www.open.ac.uk/ikd/blog/building-bri-network-open-university
Lombardozzi, L., Warner, N. (2019) "European economic democracy: a path out of the crisis". Social Europe. Available at https://www.socialeurope.eu/european-economic-democracy-a-path-out-of-the-crisis
Lombardozzi, L (2019) "Mind the Gap: Addressing the Class Dimension in Higher Education" Developing Economics - Available at https://developingeconomics.org/2019/07/12/mind-the-gap-addressing-the-class-dimension-in-higher-education/
Lombardozzi, L (2019) "Launch of the Gender and Social Policy Network at the OU" http://www.open.ac.uk/ikd/blog/launch-gender-and-social-policy-network-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: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/internationaldevelopment/2019/04/02/the-not-so-secret-winners-and-losers-behind-the-t-shirt-value-chain-it-is-time-to-change-the-rules-of-the-game/
Lombardozzi, L. Pitts, FH (2018) "Abstract and concrete universals: basic services, basic infrastructure, basic income". Issue 4 Futures of Work - Available at https://futuresofwork.co.uk/2018/12/18/abstract-and-concrete-universals-basic-services-basic-infrastructure-basic-income/
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 https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/beyond-basic-income/
Lombardozzi, L, (2016) ‘Inside the housing block: Impressions of London and Tashkent’. Retrograd - Available at https://retrograd.org.uk/2015/11/25/inside-the-housing-block-impressions-of-london-and-tashkent/
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of FEPS Next Left Research Programme 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
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Co-investigator||01 Apr 2022||31 Dec 2023||British Council|
Examining gender and English as a medium of education (EME) in low and middle income contexts.