Georgette Alejandra Fernandez Laris

Department of Economics

PhD Student

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Georgette Alejandra Fernandez Laris
Department of Economics

My prior qualifications include: MSc in Economic History (Research) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), MPhil in International Economics and Development from Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and a BS in Business Economics from Miami University in the US.

I also gathered some prior working experience in economic policy communications, academic and applied research, market analysis and stakeholder engagement in private and public service institutions by being an intern at the European Central Bank (ECB), industry relations specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, research associate at Euromonitor International Inc., trade assistant intern at the U.S. Commercial Service (Paris Office), and research assistant at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University.

From 2017 to 2020 I collaborated as a Research Fellow at the Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance and Ethics (SPI) for which I wrote blog pieces and articles. Since 2020 I have contributed to the SPERI blog and I have been a member of the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking since 2015.


BSc in Business Economics (Miami University, USA), MSc in International Economics & Development (Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Paris, France), MSc. (Research) Economic History (London School of Economics & Political Science, London, UK)

Research interests

My research project analyses the social and well-being implications of financial payment technologies and the financial inclusion agenda primarily in emerging markets such as Mexico. Broadly speaking my project aims to direct policy attention towards the capabilities and skills needed to retool people to best use new financial instruments. At the same time, it seeks to scrutinise the financial inclusion agenda and some of the financial innovations it has relied on in recent years in order to ensure it delivers on its promises becoming, beyond a “financial access at all costs” narrative, a route for enhancing the socioeconomic and subjective financial well-being of new financial technologies’ adopters.

My main research interests include: the governance of financial markets, the development of alternative currencies and inclusive forms of banking, impact investing, the sociology of money and its digital turn, the social implications of financialisation trends, the foundational principles of financial innovations as well as their welfare, behavioural and ethical implications. Iam also interested in economic epistemology, philosophy of economics, business and financial ethics.

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Conacyt Scholarship