Business & Economics

Business & Economics

Business & Economics is an important area of research and study at Hughes. A number of College Fellows, including the College’s President, have research and professional interests in fields of Business and Economics. Dr Anthony Freeling, the President, originally joined the college as a City Fellow in 2008. A significant portion of his professional career was as Senior Partner at McKinsey where he led its Marketing and Sales Practice across Europe.

The College’s Professorial Fellows in this group include

  • Prof Michael Barrett, Professor of Information Systems and Innovation Studies in the University’s Judge Business School
  • Prof Gishan Dissanaike, Adam Smith Professor of Corporate Governance
  • Prof Ian Hodge, Professor of Rural Economy in the Department of Land Economy, and the College’s Director of Studies in Land Economy
  • Prof Paul Tracey, Professor of Innovation & Organisation, and Director of Teaching at the Judge Business School.

The College’s City Fellows scheme is a unique form of Fellowship that enhances the Business culture of the College for students and the senior membership. Current City Fellows include Rowena Ironside, who built a successful IT services business, led several large, multi-national professional and managed services businesses, and is now non-executive director, consultant and angel investor Dr Andrew Gould, who followed a PhD in economic geography with co-founding Segal Quince & Partners economic and management consultancy and a high-level career in client advice and strategy.

Other Fellows in the Business and Economics area include Lord Wolfson of Sunningdale, an Honorary Fellow of the College, was head of the Political Office at 10 Downing Street during Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s period in office – he has been Chairman of Next plc and of Great Universal Stores, and is a trustee of the Charles Wolfson Foundation.

The energy of the Business and Economics senior membership is reflected in a very active student community in this area. The College supports the Hughes Hall Enterprise Society, a partnership between students, alumni and the College. The Society runs a speaking programme on entrepreneurship, supports the networking, mentoring and support culture of the College, and runs an entrepreneurs prize for Hughes Students. The Society is chaired by Rupert Pearce Gould, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge and Senior Member at Hughes. The College is home to an annual cohort of MBA students, as well as a diverse group of those taking taught and research degrees throughout the domains of Business and Economics. Recent PhDs in this area have included study of ‘agro-industrial value chains in developing countries in the era of globalisation’ with a special focus on the case of sugarcane in Punjab, Pakistan (2015); ‘achieving rural development in Sri Lanka through a systematic model: the case for microfinance and women’s empowerment’ (2014); and managerial interactions in the multinational enterprise (2014).

College events in the Business & Economics area include the City Lecture and Dinner, and the Honor Chapman Lecture and Dinner.

Please email the convenors for the group, Prof Ian Hodge and Dr Othman Cole, for more information or any inquiries.

The energy of the Business and Economics senior membership is reflected in a very active student community in this area