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Profile: BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD
Olayinka is a Teaching Associate in the Department of Economics at the University of Manchester, a Research Associate with the Julian Hodge Institute of Applied Macroeconomics at Cardiff Business School, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). He received his degrees in Economics from Cardiff University and has previously taught, both during and after his PhD, at Cardiff University and the University of Exeter.


Olayinka is passionate about exploring the wide-ranging ways by which research can inform learning, to enhance student experience and the development of employability skills. His teaching incorporates reflective practice to create transformative classroom experiences, espousing pedagogical multiplicity by adopting approaches such as active learning, team-based learning, and student-centred education. He has had the opportunity to teach a wide range of courses, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including macroeconomics, microeconomics, international finance, industrial economics, mathematical finance, investments, and quantitative methods. For a full list of the courses that he has taught, see his personal website.
Below is a list of the courses he currently teaches on:
ECON 32191 — International Trade and Policy
ECON 20031 — Macroeconomics 3
SOCS 15001 — Power and Value: Perspectives from Social Sciences

Research interests

Olayinka is an applied economist undertaking research in macroeconomics and development economics. Within macroeconomics, he studies the theory of dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models, with applications to environmental and resource economics, and he has recently begun to consider macroeconomic models investigating the role of informal markets in developing countries. His research interests in development economics are broad, intersecting with public economics, economic history, economics of religion, and health economics. In this area, he is currently evaluating government policies and examining the co-evolution of formal and informal culture and institutions, with a focus on addressing the pervasive question of how to eradicate poverty, eliminate early-life mortality, improve equality of opportunity and outcomes, and promote overall socio-economic performance. For his current working papers, please see his personal website.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Cardiff University


  • Macroeconomics
  • Energy economics
  • Development economics
  • Poverty reduction
  • Inequality
  • Health economics
  • Policy evaluation
  • Applied econometrics
  • Environmental economics
  • Economics of religion


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