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Candidate Biographies

Lynne Chester

Lynne Chester is Chair, Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, Australia. She is a longstanding AFEE member, contributing nearly every year to AFEE@ASSA since 2010, an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Economic Issues since 2014, and in 2021 served as Chair of AFEE’s Awards Committee. In 2017, Lynne was the recipient of AFEE’s Clarence E. Ayres Scholar Award. Lynne’s participation in AFEE has been central to her wider involvement in the heterodox economics community in Australia, the UK and Europe, for example, through: management and conference organising committees, and as an Advisory Board member for Diversifying and Decolonising Economics; presentations to conferences, roundtables and seminars on institutional analysis and the future of heterodox economics; and, membership of editorial boards, including as co-editor 2013-19 of the Review of Political Economy.

She is a co-editor of the Handbook of Heterodox Economics (Routledge, 2018), and Challenging the Orthodoxy: Reflections on Frank Stilwell’s Contribution to Political Economy (Springer 2014). Currently, Lynne and Tae-Hee Jo are editing a collection—provisionally titled, Heterodox Economics: Legacy and Prospects and inspired by their collaborator the late John F. Henry. Her scholarship, strongly informed by the tradition of Clarence E. Ayres and Régulation Theory, also focuses on a range of energy issues. Lynne’s energy scholarship is directed at applying ‘institutional insights’ to extend understanding of contemporary social problems—such as energy unaffordability and energy injustice—and propose policy solutions. In this sense, her research agenda moves beyond the abstract to the everyday practices of social provisioning. Her energy analyses have, in turn, informed her work on re-conceptualising the form and evolution of contemporary institutions (e.g., organisations, language, conventions, the state).


Gary Dymski

Gary Dymski is Professor of Applied Economics at the Leeds University Business School, a position he took up in 2012 after 22 years in the University of California system. His research agenda focuses on a range of issues, including: inequality and stratification; gender and racial discrimination, as well as redlining, in credit markets; urban and national economic development; financial instability and financial crisis; banking and financial regulation; and most recently the problems of hegemony and power in global finance. Before beginning his academic career, Gary was economic analyst with the Legal Services Organization of Indiana and then staff director and fiscal analyst for the Democratic Caucus in the Indiana State Senate. He earned his doctorate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and was on the faculty at the University of Southern California before joining the faculty at the University of California, Riverside. Between 2003 and 2009, he served as founding executive director of the University of California Center, Sacramento, a UC-system-wide academic policy centre in California’s state capitol. At Leeds, he has gotten involved in interdisciplinary research, especially with ecologists and engineers, on issues of sustainability, inequality, infrastructure, and social provisioning. He has been involved in European policy research and, in the UK, in two national research initiatives: he led the ‘institutions’ research hub for the ESRC Rebuilding Macroeconomics project (2017-2020), and was a co-investigator for the just-concluded ESRC Productivity Insights Network project (2018-2021). Both projects sought to introduce new approaches to policy-making that build in considerations of regional-rebalancing, inequality, and ecological and social sustainability. Gary was a member of the 2018-2020 project of the UK Women’s Budget Group, the Commission on a Gender-Equal Economy. He is an external advisor to the Debt and Development division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. He’s published nearly 200 articles and chapters and has been a visiting scholar at universities in 8 countries.


Wolfram Elsner

Wolfram Elsner has been a Professor of Economics at University of Bremen, Germany, since 1995. He received his PhD (1977) and ‘venia legendi’ (‘Habilitation’, 1985) at the University of Bielefeld, and worked as a head of regional economic development at city level (1986-1990), and as a Director of the Planning Division of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the State of Bremen and of the State Government’s economic research institute (1990-1995). After his appointment as a full professor in 1995, he continued working as a state advisor for industrial restructuration, with a focus on defense industries, until 2001. He was president of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE), 2012-2014 and 2014-2016, had an affiliation at the University of Missouri—Kansas City and has been an associate at Jilin University, Changchun, China. He has taught and researched at several universities in Europe, the USA, Mexico, China, South Africa, and Australia. He has served on the editorial boards of a number of international academic journals, on many committees of heterodox academic associations in the USA and Europe, edited books and book series, published many articles in numerous journals on institutional and evolutionary issues. He was managing editor of the Forum for Social Economics 2012-2018 and has been Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Evolutionary Political Economy since 2018.


Eric Scorsone

Dr. Eric Scorsone is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics and Director for the Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy at Michigan State University. Dr. Scorsone teaches a graduate level class on institutional economics, is the author of the forthcoming textbook “The Legal Foundations of Micro-Institutional Performance: A Heterodox Law and Economics Approach” and is the co-host of the institutional economics based podcast called the Legal-Economic Nexus.

He currently serves as the Governor-appointed Chairman of the Michigan Municipal Stability Board.  He has been widely cited on state and local government finance issues in Time, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, NPR, NY Times, and other media outlets and has testified before the U.S. Congress.  Previously, he has served as Senior Deputy State Treasurer for the Michigan Department of Treasury, Senior Economist for the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency, Economist in the Colorado Office of State Planning and Budget and a Senior Financial Analyst for the city of Aurora, CO.  He holds economics degrees from Loyola University Chicago, Michigan State University and Colorado State University.


Annie Tubadji

Annie Tubadji is an Assistant Professor in Economics at Swansea University, the UK. She is a cultural economist studying cultural bias in economic choice and its implications for happiness, altruism and socio-economic development. She obtained her PhD from Regensburg University, Germany in 2011. Annie has been developing her unique research paradigm termed Culture Based Development (CBD) since 2007. The CBD Hypothesis was awarded the 2010 "Student Paper Award" by the Association for Institutional Thought (AFIT), Western Social Science Association meeting, Reno 2010. Relatedly, Annie became the holder of the Shackle Scholarship at St. Edmunds, Cambridge University, the UK for 2015-2016. In 2021, the Learned Society of Wales awarded Annie’s CBD paradigm with the Dillwyn Medal for Social Sciences. Annie’s CBD paradigm focuses on the interaction between emotional intelligence and rational choice. It studies the role of culture as a filter for emotion, a filter that informs with meaning and transforms emotions into feelings that affect the way in which the decision maker values every option for choice at stake. The CBD paradigm recombines Max Weber, Pierre Bourdieu and Thorstein Veblen’s takes on culture and reinterprets them on regional level. Applying the CBD approach, Annie's contributions have shed further light on the role of culture in the field of regional economics in the domains of: economic growth, labour economics, migration, economics of innovation and entrepreneurship. Her current research interests include economics of happiness, moral philosophy and socio-economic inequalities. Annie has previously worked at: University of West of England, the UK; University of Bologna, Italy; University of the Aegean, Greece; Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Germany. She has also worked for the UNDP, UNICEF, Gallup International. Currently, Annie is a member of the UNESCO-OECD PASCAL Network of Learning Cities as the official Representative of Swansea University in it.


Mary Wrenn

Mary originally hails from North Carolina and after 10 years in the Mountain West where she attended grad school and later received tenure (whatever that is), she decided to uproot her life and move to the UK.  At the end of a research fellowship in heterodox economics at an obscure, gothic university northeast of London, Mary moved to Bristol and took up the position of Senior Lecturer with the Economics faculty at U. of the West of England where she is currently fighting (and mostly losing) against the neoliberal hellscape that is UK higher ed.  At least it lends ‘lived experience’ to her research on neoliberalism. 

Some of Mary’s more recent work has been published in the Journal of Economic Issues, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, and the Review of Radical Political Economy, the former and the latter of which she serves on the editorial boards.  She has also served on the boards of the ASE and AFEE, and as Secretary for AFEE’s sister organization AFIT for decade.  2020 has exhausted Mary, but she understands deeply the importance of the current moment in setting the future evolutionary paths of our economy and society, and would be honored to serve AFEE as President as we all imagine what that future could be.