Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Staff Profile

Dr Sara Maioli

Lecturer in Economics, Director of Postgraduate Studies



I am an applied economist with expertise in firm-level data. My research interests relate to applying micro-econometrics techniques to issues in international economics, trade, labour and international business, applied industrial organisation, SMEs and rural businesses. Examples of topics I have investigated include investment under uncertainty and irreversibility; exporting and FDI; firms' inventories; spatial differences in productivity; international trade via air cargo; markups estimation under different market structure assumptions.

I joined Newcastle University Business School in October 2006 as a lecturer in Economics.

After gaining a Laurea cum laude in Economics and Business at the University of Brescia (Italy) I gained an MSc in Economics at the University of Glasgow under the Scottish Doctoral Programme and a PhD in Economics (passed with no corrections) at the University of Strathclyde. I also held the following positions:

  • Nov. 2003-Sept. 2006: Research fellow, Leverhulme Centre for Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP), University of Nottingham.
  • Sept. 2002-Dec. 2002: Research Fellow, Ente Einaudi, Rome.


Since Sept. 2016:  Director of Postgraduate Studies for Newcastle University Business School.

I previously held the positions of Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies at NUBS (2015-16) and Degree Programme Director for the MSc in International Economics and Finance (2012-15).

 Other Duties

Elected member of Newcastle University Council (elected by Senate): 2017-20

Elected member of Newcastle University Senate, 2014-17.

Senate's representative on the NU Rankings and Reputation Special Interest Group, Jan-Jul 2017.

I am NOT a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Business and Social Sciences. This 'Journal' is not authorised to use my name and refuses to remove it from their website. The story has been covered in the media by the Times Higher Education:


Other Expertise

2019: External Assessor for UG and PGT programmes at Surrey Business School.

2015: Invited visiting professor at Yildirim Beyazit University, Ankara.

2009-2010: I taught a short course on Globalisation and Foreign Direct Investments at the summer school "SME's growth as a condition for success in the EU and in the global economy. The experience of the district of Brescia" jointly organised by the University of Brescia, Universitate de Vest Timisoara and the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture of Timisoara.  

2008-2009: Visiting lecturer in International Finance at Grenoble School of Management.

2002-2007: Visiting lecturer in micro and business economics, Groupe Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse (Toulouse Business School).

2006: Short-Term EU Expert in Romania for the project ref. EuropAid/120943/D/SV/RO ‘Strengthening the Administrative Capacity of the Romanian Parliament’.

In the Media

Interviewed on 1st March 2019 by Radio 4 for the Today programme on the impact of a no-deal Brexit in the North East  of England and the future prospects for the local economy.

Mentioned in this article by the Chronicle, reporting the event organised by the Bank of England Agency for the North East that took place at Newcastle University Business School on 17th September 2018, in which I gave a talk on why UK wage growth is so weak despite unemployment being at a historical low level.


Interviewed by the Italian TV channel Retequattro, on 24th October 2016 on the topic of Brexit for the documentary "Arrivederci Londra", programme Terra!  [in Italian]:


I wrote the following commentaries regarding the US election of Trump:




See my Google Scholar Profile here

Recent research Grants


  • Principal Investigator for "Spatial disparities for SMEs productivity in England" funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). £5,000.


  • co-investigator for an AHRC grant to establish the Centre of Excellence for Policy and Evidence in the Creative Industries led by NESTA. With the Workstrand 5 based at Newcastle University we work on the internationalisation of the UK Creative Industries with an awarded amount £370,619.99. Start date November 2018, duration 5 years.
  • co-investigator for an ESRC Productivity Insights Network Small Project, £9,999.76


  • co-investigator for “Start-up Phase of Rural Enterprise UK”, £43,250 from SAgE HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Fund), Newcastle University;
  • co-investigator for “Secondary Analysis of the Longitudinal Small Business Survey”, £6987 from UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Research Interests

I am an applied economist with expertise in firm-level data. My research interests relate to international economics, trade and labour, applied microeconometrics, international business, SMEs and rural businesses.

I am also affiliated to the Rural Enterprise UK (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/ruralenterpriseuk/). See below our recent output:

Other older working papers: 

PhD students supervision

  • Bo Gao (ESRC funded; co-supervised with Prof. Mich Tvede and Dr. Nils Braakmann), now lecturer in Economics at Loughborough University, UK.
  • Muhammad Siddique (awarded 2014, co-supervised with Prof Steve Procter), now lecturer in HRM at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
  • Hany Eldemerdash (awarded 2013, co-supervised with Dr Hugh Metcalf), now lecturer in Economics at Tanta University, Egypt.
  • Erin Graybill (ESRC funded; co-supervised with Dr Nils Braakmann) 
  • Mohd. Khairul Rafiz Ramli (co-supervised with Prof Giorgio Fazio)
  • Nichola Williams (ESRC funded; co-supervised with Dr Smriti Sharma)



Undergraduate Teaching

Economics of Development (ECO3024)

Postgraduate Teaching

International Finance (NBS8249)

Advanced Topics in International Trade (NBS8258)


 Office Hours

I don't hold fixed office hours (based on many years' experience they can't accommodate different timetables across several programmes) but I am happy to see students around their timetable. Please however drop me an email in advance to arrange a mutually suitable appointment.


Past teaching

International Economics

British Economy

Fair Trade  

European Economy 

plus a variety of seminar teaching (maths, globalisation, introductory micro and macro)