Dr. Maria Paola Rana

Salford Business School

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Contact Details

Maxwell Building 311

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Before moving to UK, I have completed my BSc in Economics and Finance and MSc in Economics at the University of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy), supplemented by visiting as an exchange student the University of Wroclaw in Poland and the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing. I undertook an MSc in Economic Development at the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IDPM ) and my PHD in Economics at the University of Manchester. Before joining SBS, I have been a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester, an Associate Lecturer at Keele University and a Lecturer in Economics at Newcastle Business School. My primary research interests include: Informal Economy, Economic Development, and Applied Economics.


Areas of research

Economic Growth and Development, Crime and Organized Crime, Corruption, Applied Economics, Sustainable Development


  • Principles of Economics 
  • Intermediate Microeconomics 
  • International Finance

Research Interests

  • Informal Economy 
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Applied Economics.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PHD 
  • MSc
  • BSc

Postgraduate Research

  • Corruption 
  • Organized Crime 
  • Economic Growth and Development

Other Relevant Links

  • http://usir.salford.ac.uk/45006/
  • http://usir.salford.ac.uk/45007/1/An%20empirical%20analysis%20of%20organized%20crime%2C%20corruption%20and%20economic%20growth.pdf