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WEA Commentaries appoints new co-editors

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It is time for a change. There is a younger generation of economists who will be shaping the course of our discipline over the coming decades. The World Economics Association aims to be a platform to assist in this. Consequently WEA Commentaries has appointed six co-editors from around the world and with diverse backgrounds to help us in this endeavour. They briefly introduce themselves here. Feel free to contact them:

Ceyhun Elgin is a lecturer in the Columbia University Department of Economics as well as the Director of the MA program in economics. Previously, he was a professor of economics at Bogazici University in Turkey. He obtained his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 2010 and published extensively in the fields of economic growth, public economics, and macroeconomics, with a particular emphasis on the economics of informality.

Ana Luíza Matos de Oliveira is an economist, with an MSc and PhD in Economic Development. She is currently a visiting professor at FLACSO Brazil, analyst at Fundação Perseu Abramo and co-editor of Brasil Debate (

Sergio Sotelo-Sosa is an international economist with experience in consulting and business management, agricultural trade policy, and public outreach. He is a bilingual Mexican-American currently based in Dallas, TX.

Irene Sotiropoulou is a heterodox economist currently based at the Energy and Environment Institute of the University of Hull, UK. She specialises in ecological, feminist, solidarity and non-capitalist economics, heterodox theories and practices about money and finance, non-monetary economics and sharing modes. For analyzing everyday and folk culture with reference to grassroots economic knowledge, she has been awarded, along with Dr Ferda Dönmez-Atbaşı (Ankara University), a Newton Mobility Grant by the British Academy. She is a Fellow of the GEM-IWG/GEM-Europe and World Social Science Fellowship programs, and a Fellow of the Monetary Research Center (UNWE) at Sofia. She is happy to discuss Commentaries related to her expertise and any Commentary that is related to a nature-friendly and humane economy.

Mitja Stefancic holds a PhD in ‘Economics and Business’ from the University of Ljubljana, an MPhil in ‘Modern Society and Global Transformations’ from the University of Cambridge and a BA in ‘Sociology, Culture and the Media’ from the University of Essex. He was Fellow in Political economy (“cultore della materia in economia politica”) at the University of Trieste. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Entrepreneurial & Organizational Diversity, Review of Innovation and Competitiveness, Organizacija, Studi Economici. He has recently provided entries for a forthcoming encyclopedia on global economics. Past research has been on social enterprises for the European Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises based in Trento and on local institutions and ethnic minorities at the Slovene Research Institute and at the Jacques Maritain institute, both based in Trieste. He completed a working experience with a financial holding that was in the past based in Gorizia, and has been employed for two years by an Italian cooperative bank. Mitja is currently working both on projects related to knowledge and technology transfer in Slovenia and on other projects that focus on providing essential support to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Mitja is fluent in Italian, Slovenian and in the English language.

Hailai Weldeslassie is currently a PhD research fellow at the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Research areas relate to Multidimensional and Uni-dimensional Poverty, Inequality and Food Insecurity, Impact (economic) of climate change and Sustainable Environment, Women Empowerment and Child Poverty, Socioeconomic Impact Analysis and Randomized Control trial Impact Analysis, Development Economics, Micro finance Institutions, Poverty and Inequality, Welfare economics, Agricultural Economics, Education Economics, Health Economics, Applied Microeconomics, and Energy Economics.

From: p.12 of WEA Commentaries 10(1), February 2020

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