Dr Thomas Allen

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7435

E: tom.allen@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/business-and-law/index.aspx


Personal profile

Dr Thomas Allen is an Associate Professor in Economics at De Montfort University Business School. 

He has previously worked at University of Birmingham and University of Leicester and has experience teaching on a broad range of economics courses. His research focuses on political economy and pedagogoy, with a particular interest in the use of AI in education.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Applied Economics and Social Value

Publications and outputs

Tawiah, V., Nadarajah, S., Alam, M., & Allen, T. (2023). Do partisan politics influence domestic credit? Journal of Institutional Economics, 19(1), 137-158. doi:10.1017/S1744137422000182

Solomon, O.H., Allen, T. & Wangombe, W. Analysing the factors that influence social media adoption among SMEs in developing countries. J Int Entrep (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10843-023-00330-9



Research interests/expertise

  • Political Economy
  • International Trade
  • Pedagogy

Areas of teaching

  • Microeconomics
  • Economic History
  • Maths and Statistics
  • International Trade
  • Financial Systems
  • Political Economy


  • PhD Economics (University of Leicester)
  • MSc Economics (University of Leicester)
  • BA Economics (University of Sheffield)
  • PGCertHE (De Montfort University)

Courses taught

  • Contemporary Microeconomics (BBEC1001)
  • The History of Business and Economics (BBEC1004)
  • Microeconomics: Ethics, Policy and Practice (BBEC2002)

Honours and awards

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Conference attendance

European Trade Study Group (ETSG), September 2013, Birmingham, “Analysing the Role of Interactions in the Market for Policy: With an Application to Trade” Thomas Allen.

Fourth Danish International Economics Worskhop, June 2008, Aarhus, “Trade Liberalisation in the Developing World: a Political Economy Approach” Thomas Allen.

Internally funded research project information

    Funding for research into the use of social media by firms in developing nations