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Research Interests

Macroeconomics, Political Economy, International macro-finance, Public Debt, Money, Financialisation, Marxist Economics and Latin America

Recent Publications

Published Papers

Alves, C. and Kvangraven, I. H. Changing the Narrative: Economics After Covid-19, Review of Agrarian Studies, (2020) vol 10(1)
Kvangraven, I. and Alves, C. ¿Por Qué Tan Hostil? Quebrando Mitos Sobre la Economía Heterodoxa, Ensayos de Economía, (2020) vol 30 no. 56 pp. 230-245
Alves, C. and Toporowski, J. Growth of International Finance and Emerging Economies: Elements for an Alternative Approach, PSL Quarterly Review, (2019) vol 72 no. 288

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

Alves, C. and Toporowski, J. Growth of international finance and emerging economies: Elements for alternative approach, (2019) CWPE1930

Working Papers

Alami, I., Alves, C., Bonizzi, B., Kaltenbrunner, A., Kodddenbrock, K., Kvangraven, I. & Powell, J. International Financial Subordination: A Critical Research Agenda, (2021) Greenwich Papers in Political Economy, University of Greenwich #GPERC85.
Kvangraven, I. H. and Alves, C. Heterodox Economics as a Positive Project: Revisiting the Debate, (2019) ESRC GPID Research Network Working Paper 19.

Research Activities

Cambridge Journal of Economics - Call for Papers
Dr Carolina Alves will be editing a special issue in the in the Cambridge Journal of Economics along with Jan Toporowski (SOAS, University of London) and internal editors Sue Konzelmann (Birkbeck, University of London) and Alan Shipman (The Open University). The special issue aims to discuss how Joan Robinson’s writings have influenced economics and continued to advance it in the 21st Century. Deadline for submitting papers via CJE refereeing process is 30 April 2022.
Published on - Monday 11th October 2021

Bristol Festival of Economics Ideas - Why Diversifying and Decolonising Economics Matters to Everyone
Dr Carolina Alves is curating two panels at the Bristol Festival of Economics Ideas. One on how the discipline of economics has been challenged about its Eurocentric nature. And a second on the extent to which the project of economic development has its basis in colonial power structures. See the event pages "Why Diversifying and Decolonising Economics Matters to Everyone" and "Decolonising Economics: What does it mean and how is it done?" for details.
Published on - Monday 16th November 2020

Cambridge Journal of Economics - Call for Papers
Call for Papers. Dr Carolina Alves is organising a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Economics. Along with, Bruno Bonizzi (University of Hertfordshire), Annina Kaltenbrunner (Leeds University Business School), and Gabriel Palma (Emeritus Faculty of Economics), Dr Alves will be editing a special issue of the CJE that aims to provide an assessment of the financialisation process in developing and emerging economies (DEEs). The deadline for the submission of papers is 31st May 2020.
Published on - Thursday 17th October 2019

Macroeconomics: Where are the Women?
Dr Carolina Alves together with Dr Ingrid Kvangraven (University of York, Decon) and Dr Angus Armstrong (Director of Rebuilding Macroeconomics, NIESR) is organising the Rebuilding Macroeconomics’ Second Annual Conference on ‘Women in Economics’, which is part of the ESRC’s Festival of Science. View the full programme here. See the event page for details.
Event Date - Wednesday 6th November 2019

The Political Economy of Anger, Rebuilding Macroeconomics
Rebuilding Macroeconomics are hosting an afternoon talk "The Political Economy of Anger". The event will feature Professor Mark Blyth and macro fund manager Eric Lonergan discussing their forthcoming book on the political economy of anger, along with two discussants Professor Anand Menon and Dr. Carolina Alves. It will be held at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), London, on 5th February 2019, from 1.00-3.00pm.
Published on - Thursday 31st January 2019

DEEs Workshop 2018 - Call for Papers
The "How to Conceptualise Financialisation in Developing and Emerging Economies? Manifestations, Drivers and Implications" workshop will be held on 13-14 December 2018, at Girton College, University of Cambridge. The workshop invites contributions on the theoretical and empirical specificities of the manifestations, drivers and implications of financialisation in DEEs. Paper proposals should be submitted by June 1st 2018.


Part I Paper 2 - Macroeconomics Principle
Part 1 Paper 4 - Political and Social Aspects of Economics
Part II Paper 8 - Issues in Social Ontology

PhD Students


Sarah Hughes-McLure
Affiliation: Department of Geography
PhD Title: The Role of the Private Sector, Private Finance and 'Innovative' Financing for Development
Research: Economic Geography, Development Geography and Political Economy.

Carolina Alves

Joan Robinson Research Fellow in Heterodox Economics (Girton College)

Research Group:
Alternative approaches to economics, history of economic thought, and methodology

Contact Details
Room: 83 (Faculty)
Office Hours: By appointment only
College: Girton College