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About Dr Marianna Koli

Dr Marianna Koli joined Northeastern University London for its first teaching year, and has held a range of responsibilities at the University. She is currently Faculty Director of Social Sciences, overseeing Business & Project Management, Design & Communication Studies, Economics, Politics & IR, Sociology and Anthropology, and Psychology.

Marianna has previously also managed teams in other subject areas at Northeastern University London, such as Professional Skills (the Launch programme) and Mathematics. She has a strong interest in student employability and experiential education.

Marianna was educated at the University of Manchester. She gained a BSc degree in International Management with American Business Studies, an MSc in Business Economics, and a PhD in Development Policy and Management. She held a full-time academic position in the Department of Economics at the University of Birmingham, before joining Northeastern University London in 2012.

Prior to her academic career, she worked in accounting and logistics at ExxonMobil, and as an executive research assistant for the United Nations. Her experience in supporting students and staff in Higher Education is underpinned by a number of pastoral and advisory positions in educational organisations and charities.



PhD, University of Manchester

MSc, University of Manchester

BSc, University of Manchester


Professional Affiliations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA)




Dr Marianna Koli's Research

Dr Koli’s current research is geared at delivering excellent and accessible education to a range of audiences. This includes economic knowledge and making economic events and trends accessible to the general public. She is also part of the BBC Women Experts programme.

Marianna was awarded a Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2020) for reflective research into the student experience and the significance of national cultures in an international institution.


Areas of Research Specialisation (AOS)

Global governance and institutional development; poverty and well-being; economic communication; developments in higher education.

Dr Marianna Koli's Teaching

Marianna has taught a wide variety of courses at Northeastern University London, including International Development, International Business, Economic Geography, and Applied Ethics. In her role as Dean for Education in Business and Economics, she also supports colleagues teaching across Economics, Business, Mathematics, Project Management, and Professional Skills.

Prior to joining Northeastern University London, Marianna taught extensively at the University of Manchester and the University of Birmingham. She has worked in a range of environments at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and with UK, European, and overseas students.

In her career, she has lectured or tutored a wide range of subjects, including economic development, development finance, microfinance, trade, economic geography, history of economic thought, statistics, applied economics, Excel skills, quantitative methods, and microeconomics.


Areas of (teaching) competence (AOC) international development, international business, applied ethics, economic geography, political economy, regional studies (Latin America, Africa)


Course Development

In 2022, Marianna led the development of the University’s new BSc Economics and BSc Business degrees, launching in September 2023. She also led the development of the BSc Economics with Minor programmes validated in 2015, to be replaced by the new degrees. From 2018 to 2021, she was also the lead Northeastern University London academic for Northeastern’s pioneering Global Engagement Programme, an interdisciplinary multi-location experience.

Her team also designed the new MA in Communicating Economics, validated in 2017, and is currently in the process of designing a further postgraduate degree.

In her role as Academic Lead for Quality Assurance from 2014 to 2016, Marianna was responsible for co-ordinating the University’s interaction with the Quality Assurance Agency, and for developing the University’s procedures and policies toward a better student experience. She currently brings this expertise to the management and development of the University’s provision in Economics, Business, Mathematics, Project Management, and Professional Skills.


External Examiner

Dublin Business School (MSc Financial Analytics)

Study Group, University of Cardiff (Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance pathway)



HEA Global Teaching Excellence Awards