UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Dr Serena Merrino

Lecturer (Teaching)



Joined UCL
17th Sep 2018

Research summary

Serena's research focuses on central banking and the international political economy of money. 

Her doctoral thesis explores the political nature of international currencies and, drawing from the Israeli-Palestinian experience, it proposes the concept of a 'settler colonial currency'. On similar lines, she is currently investigating the evolution of the Italian financial sector within the Eurozone architecture, and how the Southern regions' financial subordination inhibits the structural transformations necessary to their catching-up. 

In addition to the above, Serena's interests concern the empirical assessment of central bank policies, and particularly their heterogeneous and distributional effects. At the moment, she is working with Dr. Ilias Chondrogiannis on a project funded by the South African Reserve Bank, aimed at providing new evidence on the effects of new macroprudential measures on the South African credit market.

Teaching summary

SESS0026 Political Economy of European Integration 

SESS0008 Introduction to Macroeconomics

SESS0068 International Macroeconomics

During her doctoral studies, she also worked as Teaching Assistant at SOAS, QMUL, and Birkbeck College, on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in international finance and economics. 


Serena obtained her PhD from SOAS University of London in 2019. Previously, she completed a MSc in Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets at the Barcelona GSE. She also studied economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and at the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires. 

More recently, she has worked as a research fellow to the South African Reserve Bank and a consultant to United Nations University (WIDER).

At UCL SSEES, she is a member of the EDI committee and the Director of the BA in Economics and Business. She is also a member of the Reteaching Economics network and the Post-Keynesian Economics Society.