PhD Economics (SOAS University of London), MSc Development Economics (SOAS), MSci Physics (University of Bristol).
Susan Newman joined the OU as Professor and Head of Economics in March 2020.
She has previously held positions at the University of West of England, the International Institute for Social Studies Erasmus University of Rotterdam, and The University of the Witwatersrand. Susan completed her PhD titled, “Futures markets and coffee prices” at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2009.
Susan’s research interests include the political economy of industrial development, the relationship between finance and production, and the social relations of production and exchange in agro-food commodity chains.
Susan is committed to the promotion of political economy, interdisicplinarity and pluralism in economics education. She is a member of Reteaching Economics, the International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy (IIPPE), and Responsible Global Value Chains.
She is a senior research associate of the University of Johannesburg and affiliate of the Centre on Labour and Global Production (CLGP), Queen Mary University of London.
Susan currently serves on the editorial board for the Review of Radical Political Economics, having won the journal’s best paper award in 2010 for her first academic publication on “Financialisation and the Changing Social Relations along Coffee Commodity Chains”.