Neil Smith

Neil Smith

Doctoral Teaching Assistant

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)


I am a Doctoral Teaching Assistant (DTA) in the Department of Economics, lecturing part-time whilst researching for my PhD. My teaching includes ECN3017 International Economics, ECN2009 Economic Perspectives, ECN3021 Topics in Economics.


I graduated from City University, London with a BSc (Hons) Econ in 1993. I was employed as an economist in the financial services industry before moving into trading and investment management. In 2003 I co-founded an investment management company, based in Mayfair. I chose to leave full-time work in the industry and move to Devon in 2010 and now act as a Non-Executive Director and Consulting Economist.  

Teaching interests

My teaching interests include economic history (including the recent financial crisis), history of economic thought, trade theory, economic methodology, monetary theory, investment, and international political economy.

Research interests

I come from the perspective of an Institutionalist Post Keynesian economist, with primary research interests in the areas of money/monetary theory, monetary history and the potential links with Sustainable Development. I use Systems Theory and System Dynamics as a modelling paradigm. My PhD is focusing on the role of complementary/secondary currency systems in delivering Sustainable Development Goals, developed in a System Dynamics macroeconomic model.

Reports & invited lectures

Smith, N. (2016) 'A ‘small-world’ Stock-Flow Consistent (SFC) economics flight simulator in system dynamics with questions of methodology, pedagogy and impact', UK System Dynamics Chapter Annual Conference. London 15th April 2016.

Smith, N. (2016) 'Re-visiting the Capitol Hill Baby-Sitting Co-op: a mixed-method model simulation of a ‘small-world’ monetary economy', Plymouth Doctoral Colloquium (UKPDC). 16th-17th June 2016.

Smith, N. (2017) Submission to the Treasury Select Committee Inquiry into Effectiveness and impact of post-2008 UK monetary policy. London: UK Parliament.

Smith, N. (2017) 'Post Keynesian Stock-Flow Consistent Macroeconomics for System Dynamicists', Modelling & Simulation for Social Systems [seminar]. Plymouth University July 11th 2017.

Smith, N. (2017) 'Secondary Money Systems for Sustainable Development: Building a Macroeconomic Model', UK Chapter of the System Dynamics Society. Kingston University 7th September 2017.