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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. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing the College’s LAUNCH programme, the provision of the Faculty of Economics, and the London component of Northeastern University’s Global Engagement Programme.

Marianna was educated at the University of Manchester. She gained a BSc degree in International Management with American Business Studies in 2004, an MSc in Business Economics in 2005, and a PhD in Development Policy and Management in 2010. She subsequently held a full-time academic position in the Department of Economics at the University of Birmingham, before joining NCH in 2012.

Prior to her academic career, she worked in accounting and logistics at ExxonMobil, and as an executive research assistant for the United Nations. Her experience in supporting students and staff in Higher Education is underpinned by a number of pastoral and advisory positions in educational organisations.



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 delivering excellent and accessible education. This includes 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.


Areas of Research Specialisation (AOS)

Economic and business ethics, economic communication, globalisation, global governance and institutional development, poverty and well-being.

Dr Marianna Koli's Teaching

Marianna has taught a wide variety of courses at NCH, ranging from International Development and Political Economy to International Business and Global Social Responsibility, as well as occasional contributions to the College’s Applied Ethics course. In her role as Head of Faculty for Economics, she also supports colleagues teaching across the Faculty of Economics.

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, Excel skills, quantitative methods, and microeconomics.


Areas of (teaching) competence (AOC) international development, international business, applied ethics, economic geography, political economy, regional studies (Latin America, Africa)


Course Development

In her role as Academic Lead for Quality Assurance from 2014 to 2016, Marianna 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. She currently
brings this expertise to the management and development of the LAUNCH programme, the Global Engagement Programme, and the College’s Economics provision.

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. From 2018, she has been the lead NCH academic in designing Northeastern’s pioneering Global Engagement Programme, a fully interdisciplinary multi-location experience.


External Examiner

University of Wolverhampton (Economics)



HEA Global Teaching Excellence Awards