Department of Political Science


Dr Mike Seiferling

Dr Seiferling stands in front of Victoria Falls and points to towards the waterfall
Lecturer in Public Finance
3.01, 29/30 Tavistock Square
Email: m.seiferling@ucl.ac.uk


I am an Assistant Professor in Public Finance in the School of Public Policy at UCL. My work involves a balanced engagement with academic research and on the ground capacity development and technical assistance, both of which provide invaluable learning opportunities to continue growing both intellectually and personally. For the past fifteen years, I have worked as an expert for a range of international organisations including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, United Nations and Asian Development Bank as well as private sector firms, to improve financial literacy, debt management, fiscal transparency, and compliance with international standards in central banks, ministries of finance and commercial banks in more than sixty countries worldwide. Previously I worked as an economist at the IMF (2011-15), and I completed my PhD at the London School of Economics in 2012 with a focus on taxation and debt.


My research is focused on the links between macroeconomics, finance, accounting, and political science. Specifically, these include taxation, budgeting, fiscal performance, public sector accounting (national accounts) and accountability, balance sheet analysis (financial linkages), debt management, asset management, pension funds, measurement issues in social sciences, monetary policy and, technological innovations in the public sector (evolving concepts, and applications, of money and the social contract).


Journal articles
Book chapters
Other publications


I teach the following modules: ‘Data Analysis for Public Policy’ (statistics for Master’s of Public Administration students); ‘Public Finance and Budgeting’; and ‘Lies, Damn Lies, and Bullshit’ (introduction to the scientific method and unravelling fake news).

My supervision topics include: public finance (general); fiscal policy (especially tax systems); macroeconomic linkages with politics; public sector corporations (governance, management and performance); financial regulation; balance sheet/financial analysis and debt management; income inequality; and fiscal transparency/corruption.