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Dr Danilo Spinola

Dr. Danilo Spinola is the Director of the Centre for Accountancy, Finance, and Economics (CAFE) and serves as the Academic Lead for Ethics at BCU's AFE College, alongside his role as a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Birmingham City University (BCU). His work explores the connections between innovation, inequality, and sustainability. With a Ph.D. in the Economics of Innovation from the UNU-MERIT and a postdoctoral fellowship at the same institution, he has deepened his understanding of how innovation affects both the economy and the environment. Dr. Spinola aims to find solutions that balance technological progress with fairness and sustainability.

In his role at BCU, Dr. Spinola teaches courses such as Economics for Sustainable Development, Political Economy, Economic History, and Labour Economics. His research, which has been published in journals like Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Review of Political Economy, Metroeconomica, and Review of Keynesian Economics, focuses on economic development, especially in emerging economies. This involves combining data analysis with theoretical models within Keynesian and Evolutionary frameworks.

Dr. Spinola also consults for organizations like the ECLAC, the IDB, and the INET, bringing his academic insights to broader economic development challenges. As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), he is committed to teaching and learning excellence. Stationed in the Curzon Building, room C213, he is available to supervise PhD students interested in his fields of study, aiming to contribute to the academic community with both humility and dedication.

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