I found the OIV extremely helpful for both my PhD research and future career. During this visit, Professor Davide La Vecchia from University of Geneva and I spent the first two days discussing my PhD research topic—center-outward R-estimation. We had a deeper understanding of the methods and potential applications. Meanwhile, he kindly introduced to me the generalized dynamic factor model, which has numerous applications in economics, finance, etc .We then had a thorough discussion on this topic with Professor Matteo Barigozz from LSE. Right after this visit, we started working on this topic as we had a paper planned to be submitted to a premium journal. We also had a Skype meeting with Professor Marc Hallin, discussing future cooperation on another paper on multivariate robust testing, which is scheduled after finishing the work with Professor Davide La Vecchia and Professor Matteo Barigozz.
The 2nd Lancaster PhD Summer School on Applied Macroeconometrics / Time Series took place from the 25th to the 27th of September 2019 at LUMS. The Summer School was organised by Dr Giorgio Motta and Prof Efthymios Pavlidis, both staff members of the Department of Economics of Lancaster University. The event was organised by the Economics (main organiser), Accounting and Finance and Social Statistics pathways.
South Africa is seeing an increased interest in the exploitation of its extensive shale gas and coal seam gas reserves. These developments could fundamentally alter the South African energy landscape and are potentially of enormous economic benefit to the country. The promise of jobs, cheaper and (potentially) cleaner fuel, and a massive GDP boost are particularly attractive to South Africa, with its ongoing energy and unemployment crises. But, as in other countries, the exploitation of unconventional oil and gas (UOG), particularly by hydraulic fracturing (or fracking), is proving controversial.
I have just started the third year of my PhD, having spent much of my second year in Chile doing fieldwork. I am studying the role of secondary school and university students in the opposition to the brutal dictatorship that was in power there between 1973 and 1990. During my first year I had identified some archives to explore, but, as the regime’s rule was pitiless, with thousands of people killed or disappeared, tens of thousands imprisoned and tortured, and hundreds of thousands forced into exile, those resisting military rule, and the secondary school students in particular, rarely committed much to paper. Read More