Adam Ozanne

Adam Ozanne


Personal profile


I graduated from Queen Elizabeth College, the University of London, with a degree in Physics and Astronomy in 1975. After abandoning studies for a DPhil in nuclear astrophysics at Oxford University, work and travels in South Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and USA, and working in the UK for ActionAid, a Third World development agency, I obtained an MA degree in Rural Development from the University of East Anglia in 1984. I came to the Victoria University of Manchester in 1985 to study for a PhD in Agricultural Economics, and became a lecturer in 1988 and senior lecturer in 2002.

Research interests

Specific research interests:

In the past my research focussed on agricultural production economics, agri-environmental policy and asymmetric information, agricultural development and the adoption of new technology in less developed countries. More recently it has focussed on political economy and the neglect of power in neoclassical economics. 

Current Research Projects:

Following publication of my book, "Power and Neoclassical Economics: A Return to Political Economy in the Teaching of Economics", in January 2016, I have written a working paper with (sadly, posthumously) Chris Birchenhall that formalises my approach for modeling power relationships in a general equilibium framework, ""A Model of Piketty Convergence and Divergence: Unbridled Power and Biased Economic Growth versus Checks and Balances and Neutral Growth".

Further information

Supervision areas:

I have supervised PhD students undertaking PhD research in agricultural production economics, asymmetric information problems in agri-environmental policy, agricultural development and the adoption of new technology in LDCs, agricultural traders' use of brokers in Ethiopia, and poverty and vulnerability in rural China.

Current teaching:

I currently teach a large course on Introductory Mathematics for first-year undergraduate students and a final year course on Power, Economics, and a Return to Political Economy.

Current Admin:

I am an elected member of Senate, Secretary of the University of Manchester branch of the University and College Union, and an elected member of UCU's National Executive Committee.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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