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Dr Emilie Rutledge

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Professional biography

Emilie completed a BA in Economics and Arabic at SOAS, University of London, an MSc in Economics at Birkbeck, University of London and a PhD from Durham University (fully funded by ESRC). She graduated in 2007, with a thesis entitled A gulf cooperation council currency union: appropriateness and implications.

Emilie has worked as an economist in both the public and private sectors in the UK and abroad. She has experience in banking and finance, policy making, consultancy and more than a decade teaching in Higher Education. She has carried out economic research in numerous Middle East countries including Bahrain, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. As an Associate Professor of Economics at the United Arab Emirates University she taught and designed undergraduate and postgraduate economic and research courses and supervised Doctoral students through to graduation. She has authored academic articles, book chapters and newspaper articles on the political-economy challenges facing the Gulf Cooperation Council states as they transition to post-oil economies (

Emilie joined the Open University in 2020 as an Associate Lecturer tutoring DD309, DD226 and DB125 and became a Staff Tutor in 2021. 

Research interests

Emilie's research interests focus on the applied economics of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and energy economics:

  • Political economy of the GCC states
  • Labour market and structural reforms required for economic diversification
  • Gender aspects of GCC labour markets
  • Rentier state and resource curse theories
  • Trade and investment between the GCC states and Asia
  • Regional economic and monetary integration
  • Employability

Teaching interests

Emiile has taught a number of economic and research courses and particularly enjoys motivating students to learn about the importance and utility of real-world economics to everyday life.

At the OU:

  • DD309 Doing economics: people, markets and policy
  • DD226 Economics in practice
  • DB125 You and your money


  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Money and Banking
  • International Economics and Globalisation
  • Research Methods in Economics
  • UAE in the Global Business Environment (MBA)
  • Literature Review and Critique (DBA)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (DBA)