Mr Donald A. R. George

Honorary Fellow in Economics


Donald A. R. George holds degrees in pure mathematics (from the University of Sussex) and economics (from the University of Oxford).

He has been Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Italy, Visiting Associate Professor of Economics at Queen’s University, Canada, and Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Donald has published extensively on the economics of worker participation and self-management, product reliability and economic dynamics, and has accepted invitations to speak at a wide range of institutions outside the UK, including Cornell University, University of Melbourne and Uppsala University. Donald advocates a pluralist approach to economics, eschewing the sterile formalism which currently bedevils so much of the discipline.

Donald is joint Founding Editor of the Journal of Economic Surveys, and academic lead for the MOOC about cooperatives, Economic Democracy: the Cooperative Alternative (hosted on the edX platform). He has taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and has been an elected member of the Senate of the University of Edinburgh.

Research summary

  • Economics of self-management and worker participation
  • Economic dynamics
  • Economics of product and service reliability

Current research interests

Financing and property rights structure of workers' and social cooperatives. This research is being conducted jointly with EURICSE and the University of Trento, Italy.

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