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International Women's Day: Coffee with Economists

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In celebration of International Women's Day we're delighted to invite 16-18 year olds to attend our free virtual event "Coffee with Economists".

Date: Tuesday 8 March 2022
Time: 17:30 - 18:30 (UK Time)
Location: Microsoft Teams, Online

Pop the kettle on and join an informal and inclusive virtual discussion with a panel of distinguished economists as we celebrate International Women's Day 2021.

Covid-19 has drawn attention to the work of economists, however misconceptions around the subject and the stereotypical career opportunities associated with it still exist.

Designed for 16-18 year olds, this event will help students to find out more about economics as a subject and discover the range of career opportunities available to them. The panel of female economists will share:

  • Their experience of studying economics at university
  • The key transferable skills they think are important for studying economics
  • Their current role and what it involves

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to put their questions to the panel.


Dr Lory Barile, Associate Professor of Economics

Dr Lory Barile is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, University of Warwick. Lory is also Widening Participation Academic Lead, Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies, Co-chair of the Students' Progression Working Group and Member of the Athena Swan Department Committee in the Department.

Lory is also the Discover Economics Champion at Warwick which is a national campaign led by the Royal Economics Society to increase diversity amongst economic students.


Maureen Paul (PhD Economics 2004) - Interim Chief Economic Advisor at Ofgem

Maureen Paul is the Interim Chief Economic Advisor at Ofgem, ensuring that Ofgem’s decisions are supported by robust analysis. Maureen is passionate about making the energy markets work in the interest of existing and future energy consumers and have been working at Ofgem to do so since 2013.

Maureen oversees the policy and analytical work of Ofgem’s Office for Research and Economics, with around 30 multidisciplinary members of staff – economists, social researchers, behavioural scientists and policy experts, with wider leadership responsibilities for over 60 economists. Maureen has responsibility for advising on Ofgem’s biggest priorities, including network price regulation, charges for the use of Great Britain’s energy networks, and retail and wholesale energy market issues.

Achieving real change with regards to greater diversity and inclusion is an important part of Maureen’s leadership. She co-chairs Ofgem’s ethnic diversity staff network and has responsibilities for helping the organisation identify and put in place policies that promote inclusion, equality and diversity within our workforce. Before joining Ofgem, Maureen worked with the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading on several market studies, Competition Act cases and mergers cases. She has a PhD in economics from the University of Warwick.

Sugandha Srivastav (EPAIS 2013) - PhD candidate in Environmental Economics at the University of Oxford.

Sugandha is an Oxford-based economist specialising in assessing the green economy transition. She has extensive project experience in green innovation analysis, the evaluation of comparative advantage, natural capital accounting, and market-based policy instruments to cost-effectively reach decarbonisation aims. Much of her work has focused on Asia. She has also done computational general equilibrium modelling to analyse the macroeconomic impacts of carbon pricing. Sugandha has worked with development finance institutions, private sector clients, and country governments to advise on climate policy. She has also published in top journals such as Science. Sugandha's doctoral research uses econometrics to evaluate the impact of carbon taxation and innovation subsidies on greening the direction of technological progress, as well as the role of risk reducing policies. Sugandha holds an MSc. in Economics from LSE and a BSc (Hons) in Economics, Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick.

Dr Michela Redoano - Associate Professor in Economics, University of Warwick and CAGE and CES-Ifo Associate

Michela is an applied economist mainly working in intersection between public economics, political economics and behavioural economics; in the sense that, for example, policy choices (such as decisions over public expenditure and taxation) are the outcomes of strategic interactions between voters and elected policy makers at different stages of the political process. The common denominator of most of Michela's work is the understanding on how these interactions work and what drives political choices from the perspective of both voters and policy makers at different stages of the political process.

Beyond doing research and teaching Michela is chairing the WEDGG Group in the department which is responsible for addressing wellbeing, equality, diversity and gender issues. One of the key priorities is to engage in activities to increase the representation of females in the Department. The Department has recently achieved a Bronze Award from the Athena Swan Charter in recognition of the commitment to gender equality. Michela is also working in collaboration with the Royal Economics Society to provide mentoring opportunities for young female economists.

The full panel will be confirmed shortly.


Registration for the event is essential. Registrants will receive an email the week of the event containing a link and instructions of how to join. If you have any queries about this event, please email 

Please also note that our Widening Participation and Outreach Team are running other events of this kind this term and we will provide details of them on our homepage.

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