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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

Professor Ronald Peeters

Director of PhD Programme
Professor Stephen Knowles

Director of Masters' Programmes
Dr Murat Genç

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Warren McNoe

Honours Student Advisor
Dr Murat Genç

Support staff

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

Administrator Client Services
Janet Bryant

Assistant Administrator Client Services
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

Dr Neha Agarwal
Development Economics, Economics of Gender

Professor Nathan Berg
Behavioural Economics

Professor David Fielding
Development Economics; Political Economy

Dr Murat Genç
Applied Microeconometrics

Dr Peter Gibbard
Behavioural Economics

Professor Paul Hansen
Health Economics; Decision Analysis

Professor Alfred Haug
Empirical Macroeconomics

Dr Viktoria Kahui
Natural Resource Economics

Honorary Associate Professor Alan King 
International Macroeconomics

Professor Stephen Knowles
Growth & Development; Experimental Economics

Dr Daniel Neururer
Behavioural & Experimental Economics

Professor Dorian Owen
Growth & Development; Sports Economics; Applied Econometrics

Dr Arlene Ozanne
Development Economics; Labour Economics

Professor Ronald Peeters
Game theory; Behavioural Economics; Industrial Organisation

Associate Professor Trent Smith
Behavioural Economics; Health Economics; Public Choice; Industrial Organisation

Dr Paul Thorsnes
Urban Economics

Dr Murat Üngör
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

Ms Aleisha Lord