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 macro-monetary policy 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'.

Currently, she is examining the effects of the European monetary policy in the EMU's most peripheral regions (i.e. Italy's Mezzogiorno) adopting a Post-Keynesian perspective.

Teaching summary

SESS0026 Political Economy of European Integration 

SESS008 Introduction to Macroeconomics

SESS0068 International Macroeconomics

SESS0021 European Macroeconomics (2018/19)

SEES0083 Quantitative Methods (2020/21)

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 2018. 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 SSEES, she is a member of the EDI committee.