The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


DPU welcomes new lecturer Dr Alexandra Panman

2 September 2019

We are delighted to welcome Dr Alexandra Panman to the DPU. Alexandra will teach the module ‘An Introduction to Public Economics and Public Policy’, part of the MSc Urban Economic Development

Alexandra Panman

Through her research, Alexandra's work explores the role that market institutions play in shaping living conditions in urban areas, with particular focus on access to adequate housing and resilience to climate related disasters. 

Her research draws on both quantitative and qualitative methods. She works with large-scale household survey data, which can provide powerful insights on living conditions and policy outcomes. Since this data is often missing or limited, however, her research also includes efforts to refine data collection methods, working as part of a World Bank/ DFID project focused on data collection in cities in the global south.


Alexandra will be teaching Public Economics and Public Policy, which is a core module of the MSc Urban Economic Development. This course introduces students to the key methods, approaches, and debates in economic analysis of public policy. It includes discussion of real-world policy challenges at the urban level and in the global south, as well as providing an overview of the principles of policy evaluation.

Alexandra has a DPhil from the University of Oxford and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. Her approach to research and teaching is further shaped by experience working as a development practitioner.  She spent a number of years designing, implementing and supervising urban development projects with the World Bank, including experience in Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Haiti, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.