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Dr Lorena Lombardozzi

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Economics
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Polis, Phil, Econ, Dev, Geog
  • Economics
  • lorena.lombardozzi

Professional biography

Lorena is a Lecturer in Economics at the School of Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, and Geography (PPEDG) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the Open University. She completed her PhD thesis in Economics at SOAS, University of London (fully funded by SOAS Economics dpt.) with a title ‘A nexus between the role of the state, market transition and food consumption: The case of Uzbekistan’. 

Lorena holds a MSc from SOAS in Political Economy of Development (fully-funded).  She received a previous Masters in Development Economics from University La Sapienza of Rome, Italy. 

Before returning to academia Lorena worked as a development economist in Latina America in 2014, in Uzbekistan for the regional office of UNODC in Central Asia from 2010 to 2012, and between 2007 and 2010 with the European Commission and the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs in the field of development economics, trade and environmental policy.

Research interests

Her research interests relate to the theoretical debates on political economy, inequality, growth and distribution as well as to applied areas of international development (Central Asia in particular), gender and feminist economics, labour, work and wellbeing, agro-industrial policy and innovation, food system and commodity value chains, and research methods in Economics.  

Teaching interests

At the OU she teaches on the following modules:

-DD309 Doing economics: people, markets and policy

-DD126 Economics in context

She has taught at the University of London (SOAS, City) on


-Environmental Economics

-Political Economy of Agriculture and Food

-Political Economy of Development

-Gender Economics


-Introduction to Economic Analysis

-Introduction to Macroeconomics

Impact and engagement

Pitts, FH, Lombardozzi, L & Warner, N, 2017, ‘Speenhamland, automation and the basic income: A lesson from history?’. Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy, vol 25., pp. 145-155

Lombardozzi L., (2017) Review of Shaffer, P., “Q-Squared: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches in Poverty Analysis” 2013, OUP; Economic Issues Vol.22 March part 1

Pitts H., Lombardozzi L., Werner N., (2017) “Beyond Basic Income: Overcoming the crisis of social Democracy?”, FEPS study, Brussels

Lombardozzi, L. (2016), “Are distortions good for development? Structural transformations and cotton in Uzbekistan”, SOAS Department of Economics Working Paper Series, No. 193, The School of Oriental and African Studies

Lombardozzi L., G. Bottos, T. Havlin, B.Balev, (2016) “From class struggle to struggling with class. Is class still a valid analytical category for understanding inequality in Europe? How can it help shape progressive politics? , FEPS study, Brussels

Lombardozzi L. “Review article: (2017)"Markets Threads: How cotton farmers and traders create a global commodity” Historical Materialism, (forthcoming);

Lombardozzi, L. (2017) “Can distortions support structural transformation? The case of agriculture in Uzbekistan”. Post-communist economies (forthcoming)


Pitts, FH, Warner, N & Lombardozzi, L, (2017), ‘Why basic income alone will not be a panacea to social insecurity’. LSE Politics & Policy Blog

Lombardozzi, L, (2016) ‘Inside the housing block: Impressions of London and Tashkent’. Retrograd


External collaborations

-Member of 'Reteaching Economics' 

-Member of the 'Teaching Political Economy Working Group' convening committee of IIPPE

International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy  

-Member of FEPS YAN Political Economy Working Group

-Member of IKD




Can distortions in agriculture support structural transformation? The case of Uzbekistan (2018)
Lombardozzi, Lorena
Post-Communist Economies ((Early Access))
Speenhamland, Automation and the Basic Income: A warning from history? (2017)
Pitts, Frederick Harry; Lombardozzi, Lorena and Warner, Neil
Renewal, 25(3-4) (pp. 145-155)