Andrew Mearman

Andrew Mearman

Divisional Director of Student Education (Economics)
Associate Professor of Economics

+44(0)113 343 9784
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Economics, Applied Institute of Research in Economics (AIRE)
Room G11, 20 Lyddon Terrace


PhD University of Leeds

MA University of Leeds

BSocSc University of Birmingham

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


2017: Associate Professor, Leeds University Business School

2015-2017: Teaching Fellow, Leeds University Business School

2011-2015: Associate Professor Economics, UWE Bristol

2014: Visiting Research Fellow, Leeds University Business School

2011-2014: Associate Head of Department, UWE Bristol

2006: Visiting Research Fellow, University of Amsterdam

2003-2011: Senior Lecturer in Economics, UWE Bristol

2001-2003: Assistant Professor in Economics, Wagner College, New York

2000-2001: Visiting Researcher, New School for Social Research, New York

1993-1999: Lecturer in Economics, University of Lincolnshire and Humberside

Selected external roles

Trustee, Executive Council Association for Social Economics

Member, Skidelsky curriculum reform group

Associate, Economics Network of the HEA

Member, Royal Economic Society

2004-2007: Co-ordinator Association for Heterodox Economics




I have published in several areas, principally in economics education, economic methodology, ecological economics and economic impact analysis.




LUBS1610: Research Skills for Economists 

LUBS3300: Economics Dissertation

LUBS5287M: The Nature and Philosophy of Social Science Research 

Previously I have taught macroeconomics, microeconomics, industrial economics, maths and statistics, environmental economics, operations management, economics for business, economics of culture tourism and sport, sustainable business and business ethics.





Forthcoming (2018) Berger, S., Mearman, A. and Guizzo, D. (Eds.) What is heterodox economics? Conversations with leading economists, Routledge.

Journal articles

A. Mearman, D. Guizzo Archela and S. Berger (forthcoming) 'Is UK economics teaching changing? Evaluating the new subject benchmark statement’, Review of Social Economy, forthcoming.

Mearman, A., Berger, S. and Guizzo, D. (2018). ‘Whither political economy: Evaluating the CORE project as a response to calls for change in economics teaching’, Review of Political Economy, forthcoming.

Mearman A. and S. Snow (2015). ‘Using great works of literature in an interdisciplinary, political economy framework’, On the Horizon, special issue on literature and economics, 23 (3): 149-157.
Mearman A., G. Pacheco, D. Webber, A. Ivlevs and T. Rahman (2015). ‘Understanding student attendance in business schools: an exploratory study’ International Review of Economics Education, 17: 120-136.
Mearman A. (2014). ‘How should economics curricula be evaluated?’ International Review of Economics Education, 16 (B): 73-86.
Mearman A., A. Papa and D. Webber (2014). ‘Why do students do economics?’ Economic Issues, 19 (1): 119-146.
Mearman A. and A. Plumridge (2013). ‘How useful are the concepts of ‘green’ growth and ‘green’ jobs?’, The Environmental Scientist, February.
Mearman A. (2012). ‘”Heterodox” Economics and the problems of classification’, Journal of Economic Methodology, 19 (4): 407-424.
A. Douai, A. Mearman and I. Negru (2012). ‘Prospects for Heterodox economics of the environment and sustainability’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 36 (5): 1019-1032. (guest editor of special issue)
D. Webber and A. Mearman (2012). ‘Students’ perceptions of economics: identifying demand for further study’, Applied Economics, 44 (9): 1121-1132.
Mearman A., G. Shoib, T. Wakeley and D. Webber (2011). ‘Do pluralist curricula make happier, better educated students: a qualitative analysis’, International Review of Economics Education, 50-62.

Mearman A. (2011). ‘Pluralism, Heterodoxy and the Rhetoric of Distinction’, Review of Radical Political Economics, 43(4): 552-561.
Mearman A. (2011). ‘Who do heterodox economists think they are?’ American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 70 (2): 480-510.
R. Garnett and A. Mearman (2011). ‘Contending Perspectives Twenty Years on: What have our students learned?’ International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 2 (1): 2-18 (guest editors of special issue)
D. Webber and A. Mearman (2009). ‘Student Participation in Sporting Activities’, Applied Economics, 41 (9): 1183-1190.
P. Downward and A. Mearman (2008). ‘Decision-Making at the Bank of England: A Critical Appraisal’, Oxford Economic Papers, 60 (3): 385-409.
Mearman A. (2008). Pluralism and Heterodoxy: Introduction to the Special Issue’, Journal of Philosophical Economics 1 (2): 5-25 (invited guest editor of special issue).
P. Downward and A. Mearman (2007). ‘Retroduction as Mixed-Methods Triangulation: Reorienting Economics in Social Science’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 31 (1): 77-99.
Mearman A. (2007). ‘Post Keynesian Economics and the Environment: Waking Up and Smelling the Coffee Burning?’, International Journal of Green Economics, 1 (3/4): 374-380.
S. Dunn and A. Mearman (2006). ‘The Realist Approach of John Kenneth Galbraith’, Challenge, 49 (4): 7-30.
P. Clarke, D. Gray and A Mearman (2006). ‘The Marketing Curriculum and Educational Aims’, Marketing Intelligence and Planning, 24 (3): 189-201.
Mearman A. (2006). ‘Eriksson on Critical Realism: A Comment’, Review of Political Economy, 18 (1): 105-112.
Mearman A. (2006). ‘Critical Realism in Economics and Open Systems Ontology: A Critique’, Review of Social Economy, 64 (1): 47-75.
Mearman A. (2005). ‘On Sheila Dow’s Concept of Dualism: Clarification and Development’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2005, 29 (4): 619-634.
Mearman A. (2005). ‘Why Have Post Keynesians said (Relatively) Little on the Economics of the Environment?, International Journal of Environment, Workplace and Employment, 1(2): 131-154.
Mearman A. (2005). ‘Introduction to the Symposium on Post Keynesian Economics and the Environment’, International Journal of Environment, Workplace and Employment, 1(2): 121-130.
P. Downward and A. Mearman A. (2004). ‘On Tourism and Hospitality Management Research: A Critical Realist Proposal’, in Tourism and Hospitality: Planning and Development, 1(2): 107-122.
P. Clarke and A. Mearman (2004). ‘Comment on C.Winch, “Economic Aims of Education”’, Journal of Philosophy of Education, 28 (3).
P. Clarke and A. Mearman (2003). ‘Why Marxist Economics Should be Taught But Probably Won’t Be’, Capital and Class, Vol. 79 (February): 55-80.
P. Downward and A. Mearman (2002). ‘Critical Realism and Econometrics: A Constructive Dialogue with Post Keynesian Economics’, Metroeconomica, 53 (4): 391-415.
Mearman A. (2002). ‘To What Extent is Veblen and Open Systems Theorist?’ Journal of Economic Issues, 36 (2): 573-580.
P. Clarke and A. Mearman (2001). ‘Heterodoxy, Educational Aims and the Design of Economics Programmes’, Journal of Economic and Social Policy, 5 (2).

Selected book chapters

Mearman, A. (2017). ‘Teaching heterodox economics and pluralism’, Handbook for Economics Lecturers, Bristol: Economics Network.

Mearman, A. (2017). ‘Pluralism and the economics curriculum’, Heterodox economics site, TRUE project, Bristol: Economics Network.

Mearman, A. (2016). ‘Experimental method and data’, in F. Lee and B.Cronin (eds) Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Heterodox Economics, Cheltenham: Elgar.

B. Philp and A. Mearman (2015). ‘The Association for Heterodox Economics: Past, Present and Future’, in T. Jo and Z. Todorova (eds). Advancing the Frontiers of Heterodox Economics: Essays in Honor of Frederic S. Lee, London: Routledge.
Mearman, A. (2013). ‘Teaching political economy’, in L. Chester and S. Schroeder (Eds.) Challenging the Orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwell’s Contribution to Political Economy, New York: Springer.
Mearman, A. (2013). ‘Boulding’s vision of the Economics textbook’, in W. Dolfsma and S. Kesting (Eds.) Interdisciplinary Economics – Kenneth E. Boulding’s Engagement in the Sciences, London: Routledge.
Mearman, A. and A. Plumridge (2012). ‘Banksy: the economic impact’, in P.Gough (Ed.) Banksy: the Bristol Legacy, London: Redcliffe.
Mearman, A. and A. Plumridge (2012). ‘Sustainability in Economics’, Handbook for Economics Lecturers, Bristol: Economics Network of the Higher Education Academy. Available at
Mearman, A. (2011). ‘Open Systems’, in J. King (Ed.) Elgar Companion to Post Keynesian Economics, Cheltenham: Elgar.
Mearman, A. (2009). ‘Recent Developments in Post Keynesian Methodology and their Implications for Post Keynesian Environmental Economics, in R. Holt, S. Pressman and C. Spash (Eds.) Post Keynesian and Ecological Economics: Confronting Environmental Issues, Elgar.
Mearman, A. (2009). ‘Realism’, in J. Peil and I. van Staveren (Eds.) The Handbook of Economics and Ethics, Elgar.
Mearman, A. (2007). ‘Teaching Heterodox Economic Concepts’, in P. Davies (Ed.) Handbook for Economics Lecturers, Bristol: Economics Network of the Higher Education Academy. Published at 
P. Downward and A. Mearman (2003). ‘Presenting Demi-Regularities: The Case of Post Keynesian Pricing’ in P. Downward (Ed.). Applied Economics and the Critical Realist Critique, London: Routledge, pp. 247-265.

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