Dr Tim Thornton

Tim is Director of the School of Political Economy in Melbourne, Senior Research Fellow with the Economics in Context Initiative at Boston University and Senior Research Fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from La Trobe University and a Master of International Development from Monash University. Tim has previously worked as a researcher and teacher at Monash University, Swinburne University and La Trobe University.

Much of Tim’s work has been focused on reforming the economics curriculum in order to make it more relevant to real-world challenges. His PhD focused on what was wrong with economics and economics education, and his subsequent work has been focused on pursuing solutions and alternatives. This work has included developing pluralist and interdisciplinary courses in economics and working with colleagues to produce innovative textbooks and teaching modules.

Tim’s latest project is the School of Political Economy, which has been established to provide quality, accessible teaching in political economy and economics from outside the constraints of the university system.

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