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Past Clarence Ayres Scholars


Tiago Mata is a Lecturer at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London. He has published on the history and sociology of dissent in economics, academic freedom, and the patronage of social science. Mata studied Economics at the Technical University of Lisbon and the University of Cambridge and has a PhD in Economic History from the London School of Economics. He is currently the principal investigator of a European Research Council project studying economic journalism since 1945.

Selected Publications:

2012. "National Science Foundation Patronage of Social Science, 1970s and 1980s: Congressional Scrutiny, Advocacy Network, and the Prestige of Economics” (with Tom Scheiding) Minerva 50(4): 423-449.

2011. “Trust in Independence: The Identities of Economists in Business Magazines, 1945-1970.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 47(4): 359-379.

2009. “Inside the Black Box: The Role of Shocking Errors in Growth Theory.” (with Francisco Lou¸c˜a) History of Political Economy, 41(5): 334-355.

2009. “Migrations and Boundary Work: Harvard, Radical Economists and the Committee on Political Discrimination.” Science in Context 22(1): 115-143.

2004. “Constructing Identity: The Post Keynesians and the Capital Controversies.” Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 26(2), June: 241-249.



Svetlana KIRDINA (Светлана Георгиевна Кирдина)

Doctor’s degree in Sociology,
Candidate of Science in Economics

 web-site www.kirdina.ru

Head of Department for Evolution of Social and Economic Systems, Institute of Economics, Russian Academy of Sciences - RAS, Moscow, Russia (www.inecon.ru/).

~ 190 publications in Russian and English.

I graduated from Novosibirsk State University (Department of Economic Cybernetics with major in Sociology). Then I worked in the Department of Social Problems at the Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk.

In 1986 I was awarded the degree of Candidate of Sciences in Economics as a result of research in the field of social-regional structure of the rural area of the Soviet society.

In 2002 I defended my book "Institutional Matrices and Development In Russia" as a Doctoral thesis in Sociology at the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.

My main research interests lie in the field of social and economic theory, comparative institutional analysis, heterodox economics and its methodology.

I have been working on a macro-sociological theoretical hypothesis of institutional matrices (or X- and Y-theory) since 1990s and consider it as my most important achievement. It has been delivered in a number of papers, articles and books. My present work is dedicated to argumentation and verification of the hypothesis, the core of which is the assumption that the type of society is characterized by domination of institutions of either X-matrix or Y-matrix. This choice determines the distinct ways in which those societies evolve.

The core of the institutional matrices theory and the results of its application to analysis of transformation processes in Russia and other countries are included in educational courses at universities from Moscow and Saint-Petersburg to Novosibirsk and Vladivostok, as well as in Ukraine and Belarus. At the same time the concept remains actively discussed in the academic community, with many pros and contras being put forward.

Professional Memberships: Association for Evolutionary Economics; European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy; Association for Institutional Thought ; Union for Radical Political Economy; International Sociological Association; European Sociological Association; Russian Society of Sociologists; New Economic Association, Russia.

Other Professional Activities:

- Member of Organizing Committee of the Biennal International Symposium on Evolutionary Economics in Puschino, Moscow region, Russia (since 2003);

- Member of the Board of the Research Committee 01 “Economy and Society”, International  Sociological  Association (2004-2006);  

- Member of the Board of the Social Theory Research Network, European Sociological Association (2008-2012);

- Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Institutional Studies, Russia, in Russian and English; Социологические исследования (Sociological Studies– SOCIS), Russia, in Russian; Montenegrin Economic Journal, Montenegro, in English;

- Member of the Scientific Board “New Social Phenomena in Russia”, Russian academy of sciences - Social Science Section;

- An expert of International Zaheer Science Foundation (New Delhi, India).


2013 Clarence Ayres Scholar

Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis is currently,

Professor of Economics – Division of Political Economy, Department of Economics, University of Athens,14 Evripidou Street, Athens 10559, Greece

Economist-in-residence – Valve Corporation, 10900 NE 4th Street, Suite 500, Bellevue, Washington State, USA

Visiting Professor – Lyndon B. Johnson Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin, USA