Professor Annina Kaltenbrunner

Professor Annina Kaltenbrunner


I am Professor of Global Economics at Leeds University Business School. I hold a PhD and MSc in Development Economies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, a Postgraduate Certification in Econometrics from Birkbeck College, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

I am a pluralist Macro-Development Economist with an interest in financial and monetary dynamics in developing and emerging economies. My work aims to break down boundaries both with regards to disciplines and the methodological breadth of Economics itself. I have published in several highly regarded journals such as Environment and Planning A, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, Development and Change, the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, etc. I actively engage with policy making in developing and emerging economies and beyond and have conducted projects for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), the European Foundation for Progressive Studies (FEPS), the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Brazilian Central Bank, and the European Investment Bank. I have also participated in several large European Funding projects (AUGUR and FESSUD) and have won external funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy Newton Fund, the Austrian Chamber of Workers, and the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF). I am an active member of  several academic organisations, including the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE), the Post Keynesian Economic Society (PKES), and the Reteaching Economics Network. I am an editor of Development and Change, and editorial board member of the Review of Radical Political Economics, the Review of Political Economy, and the Review of Keynesian Economics. 



Research interests

My research focuses on money, finance and macroeconomic policy in developing and emerging economies. I am interested in cross-border capital flows and international financial integration and the implications these processes have for macroeconomic and monetary policy. I analyse the hierarchic structure of the international monetary and the financial system and the implications this hierarchy has for external vulnerability, macro-economic policy, financial development, and structural change in developing and emerging economies. I am currently working on currency internationalisation and financialisation in developing and emerging economies. In my work I use innovative mixed-method studies which combine qualitative methods, such as semi-structured interviews, with quantitative data analysis and Econometrics. I use pluralist economic theories, in particular Post Keynesian theory, Latin American Structuralism, and Marxist political economy. I am interested in building bridges to other disciplines, including international political economy and economic geography.



  • PHD Economics, SOAS
  • MSc Development Economics, SOAS
  • PgDip Econometrics, Birkbeck College
  • Mag.soc.rer.oec Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration

Professional memberships

  • Post Keynesian Economic Society
  • International Initiative for Promoting Political Economy
  • Reteaching Economics

Student education

I am currently the Module Leader of LUBS3590 International Economics: Integration and Governance.

I also supervise several PhD students and I am very happy to accept new students in the research areas above.


Research groups and institutes

  • Applied Institute for Research in Economics

Current postgraduate researchers