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Jose-Miguel Albala-Bertrand


Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 20 7882 8820
Room Number: GC442
Office Hours: Friday: 12pm - 2pm


Research keywords: Macroeconomics, Development Economics.

J.M. Albala-Bertrand (PhD - LSE) is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London.

He is an international expert in the economics and political economy of disasters, and has participated in high-powered projects with international organizations, including the UNDP, IDB and the World Bank. He recently published a Routledge (monograph) book (2013), in the area of disaster economics, titled Disasters and the Networked Economy. He works on development economics with a focus on macroeconomic theory and policy in three main areas of concern.

Firstly, naturally/socially-induced disasters via empirical, analytical and policy-orientated approaches. His main conclusion is that as a rule "disasters are a problem OF development, but not a problem FOR development".

Secondly, he has done work on structural change, especially comparing the "Washington Consensus Model" with the "Asian Model". His paper on structural change in China (see below, 2013) was awarded with The Outstanding Paper of 2013.

And thirdly, he has also worked on the analysis of infrastructures, proposing a novel two-gap model to assess the impact of infrastructural capital on growth. He has also proposed an optimally consistent method, via linear programming, to calculate a benchmark for the capital stock, which is both accurate and significantly cost-saving in finance and time, especially when data is scarce. It has now been applied in many countries, especially China.



  • Albala-Bertrand J.M. (2016) "Structural change in industrial output: China 1995-2010", Journal of Chinese Economic and Foreign Trade Studies, Vol. 9, (2) 146-170.
  • Albala-Bertrand J.M. (2013) "Disasters and the Networked Economy", London: Routledge.
  • Albala-Bertrand J.M. (2013) "Evolution of Structural Indicators. China and its Regions: 1981-2010", Journal of Chinese Economic and Foreign Trade Studies, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 100-118. Awarded with The Outstanding Paper of 2013.
  • Albala-Bertrand J.M. (2011) "Economic Localization, Societal Networking and Functionality", GFDRR (The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction & Recovery)-EDRR (Economics of Disaster Risk Reduction) World Bank Publication., 65 pages.
  • Albala-Bertrand J.M. (2011) "Endogenous Reaction, Public Response in a Systemic Context", GFDRR-EDRR World Bank Publication, 67 pages.
  • Albala-Bertrand J.M. (2010)  "A Contribution to Estimate a Benchmark Capital Stock", International Review of Applied Economics, Vol. 24, No.6, pp.633-64.
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