- Teaching Fellow: Department of Economics, UCL
- Senior Lecturer: Westminster University
- Affiliate Lecturer: Birkbeck College, University of London
Other professional activities
- British Library, Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections. 1972-96. Research Assistant (1972-82), Senior Research Assistant (1982-91), Head of Section (1991-6). Concurrently Secretary to the Department (1976-90). Area specialist (Middle East).
- Qatar Petroleum Company. Area Personnel Officer, 1968-9.
- Middle East Centre for Arab Studies. Teacher. 1967.
- University of Cambridge. Teaching assistant, Middle Eastern Studies, 1967-8, 1970-1.
- PhD: School of Oriental Studies, London, 2004/5.
- MSc: Birkbeck College, London, 1992.
- Post-Graduate Certificate in Economics. Birkbeck College, London. 1990.
- Post-graduate studies in Sociology of Development. London School of Economics. 1967-8, 1969-70.
- BA/MA in Oriental Studies. Cambridge University. 1967/9. (Double first class.)
Peer-reviewed periodical items
- “Limited liability and the wealth of ‘uncivilised nations’: Adam Smith and the limits to the European Enlightenment”. Cambridge Journal of Economics. Vol 34, Issue No. 5. pp. 857-67. September 2010.
- “Technological progress and economic analysis from Petty to Smith”. European Journal for the History of Economic Thought. Vol. 17, Issue No. 5. Forthcoming, 2010. [Special issue on technology and economics with keynote article by Robert Solow.]
- “From Petty to Ricardo up to Sraffa”. Review article on The Wealth of Ideas: a History of Economic Thought by Alessandro Roncaglia. Cambridge University Press, 2005. pp. xiv, 582. [Originally published in Italian in 2001 as La ricchezza delle idee.] Economic Issues 13 (1) March 2008. pp. 106-8.
Peer-reviewed book chapters
- “Economics, geography and colonialism in the writings of William Petty”. In Arena, Richard, Dow, Sheila, and Klaes, Matthias, eds. Open Economics: economics in relation to other disciplines. London: Routledge. 2009. pp. 233-46.
- “Colonialism, displacement and cannibalism in early modern economic thought”. In Balfour, Robert, ed. 2010. The representation of capital 1700-2000: speculation and displacement. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 16-34.
- “William Petty and early colonial roots of development economics”. In Jomo, Kwame Sundaram, ed., 2005. Pioneers of Economic Development. New Delhi: Tulika Books; London: Zed Press. pp. 10-30.
- “Development and geography: current debates in historical perspective”. In Jomo, Kwame Sundaram, and Fine, Ben, eds, 2005. The New Development Economics: after the Washington Consensus. New Delhi: Tulika Books; London: Zed Press. pp. 249-68.
Further items under review
- “The William Petty problem and the Whig history of economics". Under review by the editors of a special issue of Cambridge Journal of Economics on “Whig history and the reinterpretation of economic theory".
- “Pluralism and the economic geography of development”. Under review for inclusion in Lee, Frederic, ed. Pluralism in economics.
- “French Jesuits, English political economy, and a ‘most remarkable accident’”. Under review for inclusion in: Almodovar, António, ed. The popularisation of economic ideas.
- “The practice of mathematical economists: a historical overview". Under review by the European Journal for the History of Economic Thought, for a special issue on “The practices of economists in the past and today”.
Book under revision for publication
William Petty and the roots of economics: landspace, population and the fiscal-military state. Formerly also published items on Middle Eastern and bibliographical subjects.
Note: The titles are not my own; they were given by the editors. Also, the text is in a number of cases a rather severely edited version of what I actually wrote.
- "Concentrating on macroeconomic policy won't solve history's problems". Financial Times. 25 January 2010.
- "Smith's 'invisible hand' was an ideal, not a reality". Financial Times. 10 November 2009.
- "Early Christians lived by communist principles". Financial Times. 23 November 2009.
- "Academics languish behind the curve set by journalists". Financial Times, 5 June 2009.
- On Terry Eagleton and John Milton. The Guardian. Wednesday 10 December 2008.
- [On Gordon Brown and the surplus economies.] The Guardian. Friday October 31.
- [On the IMF and the Arab countries.] The Independent. Friday 31 October 31.
- "This time, the US can't rescue the world economy". The Independent. Friday, 24 October 2008.
- "Where large-scale slavery began". Financial Times. Saturday October 11 2008.
- "In praise of...". The Guardian. Thursday October 9 2008.
- "Monetarist fallacies of an earlier era revived". Financial Times. Wednesday July 2 2008.
- "All talk of consensus is becoming impractical". Financial Times. Wednesday May 7 2008.
- "Has EU legislation secretly changed?" Financial Times. Friday February 1 2008.
- "The bank never loses". The Guardian. Monday September 24 2007.
- "The invisible hand guiding the chancellor". The Guardian. Wednesday March 21, 2007.
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