Dr Sally Brooks, Lecturer in International Development, University of York

Sally Brooks is a development social scientist whose research bridges the fields of development studies and social studies of science and technology (STS). She holds an MA Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam; and an MSc Social Research Methods and DPhil Development Studies from the University of Sussex. Her research traces processes of decision making in globalised research and development networks and programmes, with a particular focus on the role of new development actors, including private sector actors and ‘philanthrocapitalists’. This has included research on politics and policy processes surrounding bioscience research for nutrition and food security, and more recently (with Dr Daniela Gabor at University of the West of England), research on the promotion of financial inclusion as a development strategy.

Prof Gary Dymski, Professor of Applied Economics, University of Leeds

Gary Dymski holds a BA in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MPA from Syracuse University, and a PhD in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before entering academia, he worked in community-based organizations and served as staff director and fiscal advisor for the Democratic caucus of the Indiana State Senate. During his academic career, he has been a research fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, and an assistant professor of economics at the University of Southern California, prior to joining the University of California, Riverside economics faculty in 1991. From 2003 to 2009, while on leave from UCR, Gary served as founding executive director of the University of California Center Sacramento, the University of California’s academic public-policy program in California’s state capitol. He joined the Leeds University Business School in 2012 as professor of applied economics. Gary has done research on financial exclusion and inclusion since 1989; other current research topics include the subprime and Eurozone crises, financial regulation and financialization, and inequality and economic development. He and Dr. Nina Kaltenbrunner of Leeds University Business School are leading a project on inequality and finance in Europe. Gary has been named co-leader of a university-wide interdisciplinary research initiative on cities.

Prof Bill Lee, Professor of Accounting and currently Head of the Accounting and Financial Management Division, Sheffield University Management School.

Bill Lee has recently developed a research interest in credit unions and their potential to offer an alternative form of banking both for individuals and organizations.  To this end, he has conducted a website study of the loan products offered by credit unions and is currently undertaking an interview study of Glasgow credit unions to understand why Glasgow is considered to be the credit union capital of Britain and whether its success may be replicated elsewhere.

Dr Pamela Lenton, Lecturer in Economics, University of Sheffield

Pamela Lenton has interests in the economics of education and the education of financially excluded individuals in the management of their finances. She has conducted research with Prof. Paul Mosley into financial exclusion and the emergence of microfinance institutions across UK cities. In particular, her research examined the benefits to the financially excluded from membership of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) across four UK cities. She is co-author (with Prof. Paul Mosley) of the book ‘Financial Exclusion and the Poverty Trap’ (2014). She is currently joint recipient of funding by the Scottish Executive (with the Yunus Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University) to investigate the link between microfinance loans and health/well-being in Glasgow.

Dr Nicholas Loubere, Research Associate – the White Rose East Asia Centre (University of Leeds and University of Sheffield); Postdoctoral Research Fellow – The Australian Centre on China in the World, The Australian National University.

Nicholas Loubere is a contemporary Sinologist and a Development Studies scholar interested in the political economy of local socioeconomic development in China. His research is interdisciplinary in nature, and draws on the theories and methods associated with Social Anthropology, Sociology and Human Geography, and can be divided into three main strands. Currently, his main area of research explores the ways in which microcredit programmes are implemented at the township and village levels in rural China, and the roles that these programmes play in local development strategies and livelihoods. Nicholas’ second strand of research examines the co-operative management of collectively owned resources, particularly with regard to the co-operative acquisition and organisation of financial resources in order to scale-up agricultural production and to develop/utilise renewable energy technologies. Underpinning these two areas of inquiry, his third strand of research critically reflects on the methodological techniques used to collect and analyse data in local China and other ‘developing’ contexts, especially with regard to empirical fieldwork based on grounded, ethnographic and/or participatory approaches.

Prof Josephine Maltby, Professor of Accounting and Finance, Sheffield University Management School

Josephine is an accountant with interests in business, management and economic history.  She has recently been working on a project on the history of savings banks (and in particular women’s activity as savers), and on 19th-century philanthropy as management of working-class financial activity. She is also researching the impact of recent regulation on the payday lending industry in the UK.

Dr James E. Shaw, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Sheffield

James Shaw is a social historian who focuses on the relationship of legal structures (laws, practices, institutions) to the daily practices of economic life. His present research examines fraud denunciations from early modern Venice to offer an alternative perspective on the credit economy, showing how the conventional documentary record needs to be understood in context of a range of practices that spanned the formal and informal economies. In his work he seeks to combine close microhistorical focus on the historical record with broader comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Dr Liam Stanley, Lecturer in Politics, University of Sheffield

Liam Stanley is a political economist with interests in comparative and international political economy, the politics of austerity, comparative fiscal regimes, and everyday narratives of economy and society. His work has recently focussed on how members of the public make sense of the global financial crisis, the turn to austerity, fiscal deficits and sovereign debt, and the fairness of tax. He also recently completed a research project with Johnna Montgomerie (Goldsmiths) and Joe Deville (Lancaster) that explored the rise of internet forums for debtors to discuss and seek advice for their situations, and what these new online spaces meant for the everyday politics of debt and credit in austerity Britain.