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Our staff

We are passionate about Economics and its role in making sense of the world around us

Economics at Otago has a reputation as one of New Zealand's premier teaching and research departments. We are always keen to share our passion with others. The Department operates an ‘open door’ policy with students, and works to ensure that all our senior students feel included.

Find out about our background, research and teaching, or look up our contact details, below:


HOD, Directors and Advisors

These staff are responsible for the overall coordination of the Department of Economics academic programme.

Head of Department

Dr Paul Thorsnes

Director of PhD Programme
Associate Professor Stephen Knowles

Director of Masters' Programmes
Dr Murat Genç

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor Alan King

Honours Student Advisor
Dr Murat Genç


Support staff

Our support staff provide reception, administrative and secretarial support to the Department.

Department Secretary/PA to HOD
Janet Bryant

Department Manager
Chris Haig

Administrative Assistant
Donna Cumberbeach


Academic/ Teaching staff

Our academic and teaching staff are highly regarded internationally for their world-class research.

Find them listed below alphabetically by surname.

Lecturing staff

Associate Professor Nathan Berg
Behavioural Economics

Dr Andrew Coleman
Price Theory; Lifecycle Analysis

Professor David Fielding
Development Economics; Political Economy

Dr Murat Genç
Applied Microeconometrics

Associate Professor Paul Hansen
Health Economics; Decision Analysis

Professor Alfred Haug
Empirical Macroeconomics

Dr Viktoria Kahui
Environmental and Marine Economics

Associate Professor Alan King
International Macroeconomics

Associate Professor Stephen Knowles
Growth & Development; Experimental Economics

Professor Dorian Owen
Growth & Development; Sports Economics

Dr Arlene Ozanne
Development Economics; Labour Economics

Dr Trent Smith
Behavioural Economics; Health Economics; Public Choice; Industrial Organisation

Dr Paul Thorsnes
Urban Economics

Dr Murat Ungor
International Macroeconomics; Trade; Growth & Development

Dr Dennis Wesselbaum
Macroeconomics, Economic Growth, Quantitative Economics, Econometrics, Labour Economics

Professional Practice Fellows

Mr Warren McNoe

Teaching Fellows

Mr Terry Kerr