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About Dr Marianna Koli

Dr Marianna Koli joined New College of the Humanities for its first teaching year, and has held a number of responsibilities at the College. She is Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer for Economics, and from 2014 to 2016 was the College’s Academic Lead for Quality Assurance. She teaches and tutors students in both the Economics and Politics & International Relations Faculties.

Marianna was educated at the University of Manchester. She gained a Master’s degree (MSc with Distinction) in Business Economics in 2005, with a dissertation on debt sustainability in developing countries, and a PhD in Development Policy and Management in 2010, with a thesis on the Mexican transition to democracy and its impact on Mexican public finance distribution. She subsequently held a full-time academic position in the Department of Economics at the University of Birmingham, before joining NCH in 2012.

Her other past roles include research coordination for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/CEPAL) in Mexico City, and a number of pastoral and advisory positions in educational organisations.

Dr Marianna Koli is a social scientist specialising in International Development, particularly in Latin America. Her interests include poverty, ethics of economic and social policy, crime and unrest, corruption and public finance.



PhD, University of Manchester

MSc, University of Manchester

BSc, University of Manchester


Professional Affiliations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)




Dr Marianna Koli's Research

Dr Koli’s current research is geared at popularising economic knowledge and making economic events and trends accessible to the general public. She is currently co-authoring a book on the ethics of global and economic affairs, and contributing to a new initiative, Communicating Economics, which supports economists in communicating their research in accessible ways. She is also part of the BBC Women Experts programme.

Marianna’s primary research area, in addition to her current interdisciplinary work, is in public policy, with a regional interest in Latin America. Her central interests are in the causes of crime and poverty, and particularly their socio-economic and institutional triggers. Her doctoral research focused on a 1998 Mexican public finance law, and its impact on the equity of distribution of government funding to states and municipalities.


Areas of Research Specialisation (AOS)

International Development (public policy), crime and poverty, with focus on Latin America.


Selected Publications

‘Where Business is Complicated’Economia (4 November 2015)

Acquisitive Crime, Detection and Sentencing: An Analysis of England and Wales, Bandyopadhyay, S Bhattacharya, M Koli and R Sensarma (University of Birmingham, 2012)


Book Review

Political Failure by Agreement: Learning Liberalism and the Welfare State, by Gerhard Wegner (International Journal of Public Administration, 34(7):473-474, 2011)

Dr Marianna Koli's Teaching

At NCH, Dr Marianna Koli teaches on the BSc Economics and BSc Politics & International Relations programmes, and also on the Economics Minor. Her teaching specialisms are within the areas of international development and global public policy. In her role as Head of Faculty, she also supports colleagues teaching across the Faculty of Economics.

Marianna currently teaches International Development (1st year) and Economic Development (2nd year). Over the course of three years (2013-2016), her teaching enabled five different NCH students to score the world’s highest mark on a University of London examination (International Development, Economic Geography, and International Political Economy).

Prior to joining NCH, Marianna taught extensively at the University of Manchester and the University of Birmingham. She has worked in a range of environments at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and with UK, European, and overseas students.

In her career, she has lectured or tutored a wide range of subjects, including economic development, development finance, microfinance, trade, economic geography, history of economic thought, statistics, applied economics, IT skills, quantitative methods, and microeconomics.


Areas of (teaching) competence (AOC) international development, economic/human geography, political economy, history of economic thought, public policy economics, regional studies (Latin America, Africa)


Course Development

In the College’s early years, Marianna focused largely on the College’s efforts to enhance and develop its offering within the Higher Education sector. In her role as Academic Lead for Quality Assurance from 2014 to 2016, she was responsible for co-ordinating the College’s interaction with the Quality Assurance Agency, and for developing the College’s procedures and policies toward a better student experience.

In 2014, Marianna led a team of academics in designing the College’s suite of undergraduate Economics programmes, validated in 2015. Her team also designed the new MA in Communicating Economics, validated in 2017.  Marianna has taught International Development (1st year) since 2012, and Economic Development (2nd year) since 2016.


External Activity

Marianna currently acts as an External Examiner to university-level programmes taught to students in the UK, Nigeria, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia. She holds a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, and is a Higher Education Academy reviewer for Global Teaching Excellence Awards.


External Examiner

University of Wolverhampton (Economics)

Kaplan International Colleges (Global Foundation Programme) since 2015



HEA Global Teaching Excellence Awards