Liliana is a Senior Lecturer in Economics. She has previously taught at the RGU in Aberdeen, and UWE Bristol, where she has also completed her PhD. She obtained an MSc from the London School of Economics, was a Soros/FCO/Chevening scholar at the University of Oxford and completed her BSc (Licenta) at the (West) University of Timisoara. Her work focusses on migration economics, and her interests extend to further areas of labour economics, regional economic development, economic systems. She is currently exploring related questions in the economics of arts and culture.


All Publications

Harding, L., Neamtu, M.


A Dynamic Model of Unemployment with Migration and Delayed Policy Intervention,

in Computational Economics



pp. 427–462

Full Text UEA Repository



Harding, L., Mutascu, M.


Does migration affect tax revenue in Europe?,

Full Text UEA Repository

(Working paper)


Harding, L.


Is street art good or bad for you?,

Full Text UEA Repository



Key Research Interests

Current projects

The value of public art and culture in economic and urban development (with C. Nani)

I am the co-ordinator and contact person of the Migration Research Network at the UEA.

I am a member of the Romanian Migration Network and an associate of the East European Centre for Research in Economics and Business.


Earlier projects


Modeling dynamic systems of unemployment with labour mobility.

Economics students' changing expectations.

From study to work. Analysing EU graduates’ destinations based on UK HESA data.
International study prospects: a Romanian case study. 


Earlier Research Output (as L. Hiris)

‘International Labour Mobility: Recent trends in Romanian migration’, in A human resources perspective on performance in organisations, ed. D. Abrudan, 2010. Timisoara: Solness Press.

'The Social Context of European East-West Migration’, in Migration, Mobility and Human Rights at the Eastern Border of the European Union - Space of Freedom and Security, eds. G. Silasi and O.L. Simina, 2008. pp. 27-50. Timisoara: West University Press.

‘New migrants in the North-East of Scotland’, July 2007, in Aberdeen Business Journal, Scotland.

‘The mobility of CEEC workers: a comparative study of Romania and Bulgaria’, in The new economists on the Romanian economy, eds. D. Daianu and M. Isarescu, 2003. Bucharest: The Romanian Academy.


Book Review of Chiswick’s ‘The Economics of Immigration’, in Economic Issues, March 2007, 12(1): pp. 125-27.

Book Review of Artis, Banerjee and Marcellino’s ‘The central and eastern European countries and the European Union’, in Journal of Common Market Studies, December 2006, 44(5): pp. 1112-13.

Book Review of Zimmermann’s 'European Migration: What do we know?', in Economic Issues, September 2006, 11 (2): pp. 88-91.

Book Review of Venturini’s ‘Post-War Migration in Southern Europe, 1950-2000. An Economic Analysis’ in Economic Issues, March 2005, 10(1): pp. 72-4.


Teaching Interests

Current Teaching:

ECO-5006B European Economy (module convenor) 

ECO-5006A Introductory Econometrics

ECO-5007A Intermediate Microeconomics

ECO-5008B Econometrics Research Project

ECO-6001A Labour Economics


I am also supervising undergraduate and MSc research projects on a variety of applied economics topics.


Previous Teaching:

ECO-5002Y Applied Economic Analysis

ECO-4001Y Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics for Economists

ECO-4003Y Economics of Society, Media and Culture

ECO-5003Y Economics of International Trade and Integration

NBS-1B4Y Economics for Business


External Teaching: 

I am an associate and the key contact for the Economics Network at the UEA, for which I deliver part of the GTA training sessions.


I am contributing as a guest lecturer in the socio-economic implications of the arts and culture at the Faculty of Arts and Design of the West University of Timisoara.


I have been an external examiner and PhD supervisor for projects including topics such as the resource curse, trade openness and financial crisis, telecommunication and economic development, media economics, corporate governance, transition economies.


I have previously taught on modules covering Introductory Economics, Regional Economic Integration, the Economics of the Built Environment and International Economics, and I have been the course leader for an MSc programme in European Policy, Law and Management. 


I have provided reviews and edited web material for textbooks on Business Economics and Economics of European Integration.


External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Workshop organiser on 'Migration Research', in the Romanian government academic diaspora collaboration project, December 2017
  • Invited seminar speaker on 'Inequality and Migration', Cambridge Political Economy Society seminar, November 2017
  • Invited speaker by KolorCubes Kassel, addressing 'The value of Public Art', August 2017
  • Keynote Speaker at the 'Interdesign' Symposium hosted by the West University of Timisoara looking at novelty in ‘Designing the Public Space’, July 2016.
  • Workshop leader on 'Academic Writing in Economics', within international conference on 'Current Economic Trends in Emerging and Developing Countries', Timisoara, June 2013.
  • Keynote Speaker at The Economic Thought and Performance SPODE conference: The Romanian Academy and the West University of Timisoara: ‘Reflections on Economics: Academic approach and Expectations of future economists’, April 2012.
  • Honorary Consul of Romania in Aberdeen, Scotland, 2008-2010.
  • Invited speaker at Grampian Police Force Conference, Aberdeen – Scotland with lecture on: ‘Spending cuts versus rising deprivation’ exploring the links between the consequences of economic crisis and regional crime rates, December 2009.
  • Contributed to migration and local economy reviews by the Migration Advisory Committee; BBC Newsnight; the Press and Journal–Aberdeen.
  • Radio talks for: Radio Romania Actualitati; BBC Norfolk; Radio Timisoara; BBC Scotland and MeFm–Aberdeen on topics related to arts and economics, migration economics, international and European affairs, the Romanian diaspora.

Key Responsibilities

I am the School of Economics study abroad co-ordinator.