Keynes College, University of KentProfessor Kevin Nell of the University of Porto, Portugal, will be visiting the School of Economics between 4 and 11 August as a Thirlwall Visiting Research Fellow. Kevin obtained his PhD from the University of Kent in 2000 on the topic of ‘Money, Inflation and Growth in South Africa’, and since then he has published several papers on similar themes in such journals as the Cambridge Journal of Economics; International Review of Applied Economics; Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, and Economic Letters. He is working with Professor Tony Thirlwall on a research project explaining differences in the productivity of capital across countries.

Professor Jagjit ChadhaJagjit Chadha, the School’s Chair in Money and Banking and Professor of Economics, has been appointed as Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, London. Professor Chadha’s appointment is for three years, in which he will deliver an annual series of free public lectures, in addition to continuing his teaching and research at the School. The series of six public lectures will be on Money, Monetary Policy and Central Banks: The Meeting of Art and Science.

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Professor Sophia DavidovaIn our Spring 2013 newsletter, we reported that Sophia Davidova, Professor of European Agricultural Policy, was to lead an international team of researchers, including  Dr Alastair Bailey from the School of Economics,  looking at proposals for a new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This research considered the future of semi-subsistence farmers within the context of the CAP for the period 2014-20.

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Professor Sophia DavidovaProfessor Sophia Davidova, an expert in agricultural policy at the School of Economics, presented the keynote address at a regional meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations at the end of last year.

Professor Davidova's address to the Europe and Central Asia regional meeting on 11 December – was titled Family Farming: European and Central Asian Perspectives and focused on global issues such as national and regional food security, poverty mitigation and environmental sustainability.

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Dr Edward CartwrightNew research shows that workplace leadership is only effective in inspiring high effort in a team if leaders persistently set a good example.

Although the University-led research found that workplace leadership did generally have a positive effect, this was limited and depended on the actions of the leaders, rather than of followers.

Principal researcher Dr Edward Cartwright, of the School of Economics, and researchers from the VU University Amsterdam and Osnabrück University studied workplace team behaviour with a particular focus on leadership by example.

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