Lorena is a Lecturer in Economics at the School of Social Sciences & Global Studies 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 Latin 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.
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.
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
-Political Economy of Agriculture and Food
-Political Economy of Development
-Introduction to Economic Analysis
-Introduction to Macroeconomics
Werner N., Cozzolino A., Fiorillo M., Lombardozzi L., Olmos (2019) 'European Economic Democracy A new path out of the crisis' FEPS Study, Brussels https://www.feps-europe.eu/attachments/publications/fepsyan_economicdemocracy_final.pdf
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., Warner, N. (2019) "European economic democracy: a path out of the crisis". Social Europe. Available https://www.socialeurope.eu/european-economic-democracy-a-path-out-of-the-crisis
Lombardozzi, L (2019) "Mind the Gap: Addressing the Class Dimension in Higher Education" Developing Economics. Available at https://developingeconomics.org/2019/07/12/mind-the-gap-addressing-the-class-dimension-in-higher-education/
Lombardozzi, L (2019) "Launch of the Gender and Social Policy Network at the OU" http://www.open.ac.uk/ikd/blog/launch-gender-and-social-policy-network-ou
Lombardozzi, L. (2019) "The not so secret winners and losers behind the T-shirt value chain- It is time to change the rules of the game" LSE International Development
Lombardozzi, L. Pitts, FH (2018) "Abstract and concrete universals: basic services, basic infrastructure, basic income". Issue 4 Futures of Work
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
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- 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
- Lead of 'Gender and Social Policy' IKD Research Theme
- Affiliated Lecturer in Development Studies, University of Cambridge and researcher at Cambridge Central Asia Forum
- Member of Futures of Work advisory board