I am a senior lecture in economics and finance and the Director of PhD programme for the Economics and Finance department. My main research areas are Fintech, digital currency, digital economy, monetary policy and financial future. I have a particular interest in central bank digital currency and fintech in developing countries.


I have a PhD in Economics from Durham University and a MLitt in Finance from the University of St Andrews.

During my PhD, I investigated the role of money in monetary policy and how money supply and seigniorage impact on output growth. Combining an advanced macroeconomic theory and empirical analysis, I employed a DSGE model and Hansen’s panel threshold (Non-linear) methodology.

In 2014, I joined the VOLCROWE (Volunteer and Crowdsourcing Economics). This is a £750,000 three-year EPSRC funded project which involves collaboration between the University of Portsmouth, University of Oxford, University of Manchester and University of Leeds. Please read this forum post to learn about the project. 

I was appointed as the Department Director of PhD programme in 2017. I have general responsibility for research degrees students and supervisors such as recruitment and admissions of PGRS within departments including monitoring enquiries, passing enquiries and applications to supervisors.

I was a visiting fellow at the Asian Development Bank and the University of Tokyo in 2019. I worked on fintech and financial inclusion in developing countries. The objective of the research project was to analyse fintech in developing countries and evaluate the extent to which they can help to improve financial inclusion.

Research interests

  • Monetary policy 
  • FinTech – P2P lending and crowdfunding
  • Digital currency – Central Bank Digital Currency
  • Digital economy – Technology and economy

I am happy to receive enquiries relating to PhD supervision in the areas of Macroeconomics, Monetary Policy, FinTech.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduates in the area of macroeconomics and banking.

Current Teaching at the University of Portsmouth

  • Undergraduate (UG) Unit: Intermediate Macroeconomics (Level 5) - Teaching & Module Leader
  • Undergraduate (UG) Unit: Intermediate Macroeconomics (KAPLAN Economics Programme in Singapore) - Module Leader
  • Postgraduate (PG) Unit: International Banking (Level 7)

Courses Taught

  • University of Portsmouth : Economic Issues (Level 4)
  • Durham University: Quantitative Method (Level 4)

PhD Students 

Jann Tosatto (Second Supervisor), "Crowdfunding in the creative and cultural industries "

Ayhan Nadiri (Second Supervisor), "How monetary policy announcements influence bank stock returns and excahnge rates?"

Media availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research and am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly on either or 023 92 844159.