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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Sulian Lizé

Sulian Lizé
Sulian Lizé
International Development School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Research Interests
International development, Rice Industry, International Political Economy, Political Economy of Finance, Agricultural Economics, Political Economy of Development, International Trade, Southeast Asian Studies, Rural Liverlihoods, Commodity Martkets, Futures Markets, Derivatives Markets, Risk-management, Coffee Trade, Sugar Trade, Wheat Trade, Anthropology of Finance, Sociology of Finance, Sustainable Development

PhD Title

The Risky Bet on Paddy Power: The Unexplained Non-Financialisation of the Rice Market

Research Project Description
My research investigates the reasons behind the non-financialisation of the rice market and its impact on producers in developing countries. Farmers and other supply chain actors do not benefit from financial risk-management tools that are commonly available on other agricultural commodity markets. I am interested in the nature of market risk in rice; the failure of rice futures markets in the 20th and 21st centuries; and the specific market structure patterns preventing financialisation, as well as the impact of financialisation on commodity markets. My research also includes quantitative work on price risk on the rice market. I use Thailand, Vietnam and the US as case studies. I also use comparative methods to analyse other commodity markets such as coffee, sugar and wheat.  

2016-present: PhD in International Development, The University of Edinburgh
2016: Diploma in Quantitative Economics, Birkbeck, University of London

2014-2015: MSc in International Development, The University of Edinburgh
2011-2014: BSc Hons in International Politics, City, University of London

Research Affiliation: 

Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University, Japan (January to March 2019)



Sustainable Development 1A (UG year 1 and 2), The University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science, Seminar tutor

International Development: Research Design and Practice (MSc), The University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science, Substitute workshop tutor

Work Experience:

Market Analyst at LiveRiceIndex, 2016-2017

Prof. Francesca Bray and Dr Iain Hardie