Prosperity without Growth: A Conversation with Tim Jackson

  Editor-in-Chief Adam Stromme talks with Tim Jackson, ecological economist, author of Prosperity Without Growth, and University of St Andrews alum. Adam Stromme: How did you first become interested in sustainability? Tim Jackson: I would say it began in April 1986. I was living in London, having just finished a PhD in Physics from St Andrews but actually…

Sean Hagan discusses the IMF, the Great Recession & Student Careers

Daisy Martin talks with Sean Hagan, General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department at the International Monetary Fund. Daisy Martin: Hello Mr Hagan! Welcome to Saint Andrews and thank you very much for talking to me today.  Since you started at the IMF in 1990, what was the biggest economic challenge you have faced…

Wally Obermeyer on Student Saving and Money Management

Kyra Ward, St Andrews Economist columnist, spoke with Walter R. Obermeyer, the President of ObermeyerWood, one of the largest private investment advisory firms in Colorado. They sat down to discuss his insights into savings as it relates to university students as a economic and financial expert. He is consistently listed as one of the leading investing advisors in…

Edward Watts on Filming ISIS

Erika Brady recently spoke with Edward Watts, documentary filmmaker, on his experience making the award-winning documentary Escape From ISIS for Channel 4. Aired in July 2015, Escape from ISIS has won numerous awards including the Amnesty International Award for Best Human Rights Documentary 2015 and has been nominated for a BAFTA award for the Best Current Affairs Film…

Paola Manzini on Research & Recruitment

Sarah Gharib, EPRG Outreach, talks with Professor Paola Manzini, Deputy Head of the School of Economics and Finance and the Director of Research in the School. Sarah Gharib: Hi Paola! Let’s start with you introducing yourself, what’s your position in the School of Economics and how long have you been here? Paola Manzini: I started…

Fem Soc: Progress & Challenges in Gender Issues

Dominic Nolan talks with Jo Boon, co-ordinator of The Feminist Society of the University of St Andrews, about university feminism, lad culture and rape culture. What does your society do? The aim in our constitution is incredibly simple – it is to promote gender equality in St Andrews and to the best of our ability beyond. Our…

Larry Sanders: Thoughts on His Brother & Britain

Ruaraidh Maciver talks with Larry Sanders, British politician and brother of aspiring Democratic Presidential nominee, US Sen. Bernie Sanders. Most people are by now aware of the meteoric rise of Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic Primary. Outwith his own state, many were unaware of the Brooklyn born politician in America, and even less knew of his career in…

Students for Life: a Controversial Society

Dominic Nolan talks with Jack Stukel, the President of the Students for Life – St Andrews, about running a controversial society in a university environment. What does your society do? Students for Life St Andrews is all about promoting a culture of life in St Andrews University and to celebrate life from conception till natural…

Q&A: Dr Manfredi La Manna

Originally published in Issue IV of the St Andrews Economist Dr Manfredi La Manna is a reader at the St Andrews University School of Economics & Finance. The following interview was conducted by Renzo Forastiero and Sanjana Sha.  SAE: Who inspired you? La Manna: After my first degree [in Italy], I came to the London School…

Q&A: Dr Ian Smith Senior Lecturer, University of St. Andrews School of Economics & Finance

Interview conducted by Maxime Seguin Why did you decide to become an economist? For most economists, markets are the fundamental economic institution.  Understanding their operation and outcomes matters to everyone.  As global wellbeing depends on economic choices, investigating mechanisms that link economic decisions to people’s welfare is profoundly important, though not easy. What is your…