UCL Department of Economics


Meet the BSc Economics Team

Meet BSc Economics Co-Directors, the Department Tutor and the Teaching and Learning Team


Dr Dunli Li 

Dunli Li

Associate Professor (Teaching) and BSc Economics Programme Co-Director

Dr Dunli Li joined the Department of Economics at UCL in 2016 as a Teaching Fellow and became Co-Director of the BSc Economics programme in 2020. Dr Li’s research areas cover both economics research and education research. Her economics research interests are in the areas of human capital, economic growth and applied econometrics. Her education research interests are in the areas of understanding student satisfaction, including National Student Survey (NSS) data analysis, the drivers of student academic performance, such as lecture attendance and class engagement, and diversity and inclusion in economics education. She has extensive university teaching experience to both economics and non-economics students with particular interests in data analysis. Dr Li is a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE), an Associate of the Economics Network, and an Associate of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics.

Dr Li got her PhD from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Before joining UCL, she was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Economics at Queen’s Management School, Queen’s University Belfast.

Professor Aureo de Paula 

Aureo De Paula
Professor and BSc Economics Programme Co-Director

Aureo de Paula received his B.A. and M.Sc. in Economics from Pontificia Universidade Catolica—RJ (Brazil) in 1996 and 2000 respectively, he then went on to complete his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton University in 2002 and 2006.  Prior to joining University College London (UCL), he was an associate professor (with tenure) at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a visiting faculty scholar at Northwestern and Harvard universities. Aureo is an elected Fellow of the Econometric Society and the International Association for Applied Econometrics.

Professor de Paula is affiliated with the Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (UK), the Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK)CEPR and several other research groups worldwide. Professor de Paula’s work has been featured in various academic publications and he has been associate editor for various academic journals (The Review of Economic StudiesJournal of Business and Economic StatisticsEconometrics JournalEconometric Reviews) and was a managing editor for The Review of Economics Studies. He has won the Irving B. Kravis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania and the Faculty Education Award at UCL (joint with Dunli Li). 

Dr Frank Witte

Frank Witte

Associate Professor (Teaching), Department Tutor and Exam Board Chair

In 2010 Frank joined the Department of Economics at University College London as Departmental Tutor. He was a co-founder of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Economics, involved in the setting up of the UCL Bachelors of Arts & Sciences degree and CALT (now Arena) fellow in 2017. Dr Witte is also a research associate of the UCL Center for Blockchain Technology.

Between 1987-1992 Frank studied his BSc and MSc in Physics & Astronomy at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1995.

His research focuses on the applicability of physics-inspired methods to addressing questions in Economics and Social Sciences, the role of complexity and networks in the interaction between environmental and economic systems, and the Economics, Sociology and Philosophy of Science, with a focus on modelling, teaching, concept-formation and the relationship between models and narratives.

Teaching and Learning Team

The Teaching and Learning Team run the administrative side of the BSc Economics programme and are here to help with questions or queries you may have during your time at UCL. 

You can find the team located on the ground floor of Drayton House. If you head to the left of Drayton House main reception and go through the double doors you'll find G18b, the central area for the Professional Services Team.

Emer Girling

Emer Girling

Teaching and Learning Manager

Emer has worked at UCL since 2011 and has extensive experience in delivering taught programmes. She joined UCL Economics in 2020 to manage the Teaching and Learning Team and is responsible for the administration of all programmes in the department. 

Paula Moore

Paula Moore

Senior Administrator UG Programmes

Paula looks after students following our BSc Economics programmes, students following joint-degree programmes and students from other departments taking economics modules.

Ask Paula about:

  • Student representation and student feedback
  • How to get in touch with your Personal or Joint-Degree Tutor.

Michelle Ming-Chin Wu

Michelle Wu

BSc Year 1 Teaching & Learning Administrator

Michelle supports the first year of the BSc Economics programme. She helps to organise lectures, tutorials and assessments and am available to answer student’s queries in relation to their degree programme. 

Ask Michelle about:

  • Module registrations
  • Timetabling queries (including tutorial group allocations)
  • Extenuating Circumstances claims,
  • Moodle and any other general queries.
  • I can also help to direct you to the correct person to assist with anything I can’t. 

Matthew Berle

Matthew Berle

BSc Year 2 Teaching & Learning Administrator


Matthew's role is to provide administrative support for Year 2 students as well as assisting with Year 2 components within Moodle. Overall, he helps ensure the smooth running of background processes for the benefit of both staff & students.

Ask Matthew about

  • Year 2 related queries
  • Year 2 Moodle
  • Moodle
  • Tutorials
  • Timetables
  • Assessments 
  • Extenuating Circumstances
  • SoRA's
  • Year 2 Modules and any Module open to 2nd years UG students
  • Any support or guidance you may need as a Year 2 student

Rich Maskell

Rich Maskell

BSc Year 3 Teaching & Learning Administrator



Rich's role is to provide administrative support for Year 3 students as well as assisting with Year 3 components within Moodle. 

Ask Rich about

  • Year 3 related queries, 
  • Year 3 Moodle, 
  • Year 3 Modules,
  • Any support or guidance you may need as a Year 3 student