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Dr Anna Cartwright is an associate professor of economics at Coventry University and member of the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Southern Denmark and studied applied mathematics at St. Petersburg State University. Prior to joining Coventry Dr Cartwright was a lecturer in economics at the University of Kent (2006-2018) and teaching fellow at the University of Exeter (2004-2006).

Dr Cartwright is an active researcher in the areas of public economics, cyber-security and industrial economics. She has a strong track record of publishing in international journals, securing external funding and working with external parterns to deliver economic and social impact. She is particularly passionate about cross-disciplinary work and is actively collaborating with colleagues from computer-science, psychology, criminology and data science. In recent years she has co-organized a range of research and external engagement events, particularly on the theme of cyber-security. For instance, she recently co-organised a three day summer school on the economics of cyber-security. 

Dr Cartwright has extensive experience of teaching in economics at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Courses she has led include intermediate economics, managerial economics, industrial economics, introduction to business economics, strategy and games, commodities, futures and options, and financial markets and decisions. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE). Dr Cartwright has a particular passion for classroom experiments and has been involved in two funded projects that developed resources for teaching. She also has an interest in the effective design and use of research informed teaching.

Research Interests

Dr Cartwright's current research falls mainly within the areas of industrial economics, public economics, behavioural economics and cybersecurity. 

A recent project, funded by the UK Home Office, investigated the use of cyber-security health-checks for small businesses and charities. Working with a number of partners, including Kent Police and Leicestershire Police, the project trialled the use of a health-check delivered by a student consultancy (KITC Solutions). The project also, more generally, looked at the barriers small organisations face in adopting cyber best practice. 

Another recent project called EMPHASIS, funded by the EPSRC, looked at the economic, psychological and social consequences of ransomware. Dr Cartwright is doing a range of work looking at the economic and welfare costs of ransomware as well as methods law enforcement can adopt to disrupt the business model of the criminals. Her work has been published in the Journal of Cyber Security, Royal Society Open Science and Games. A related project, funded by the Defence, Science and Technology Lab, looked at the moral implications of paying hostage ransom demands in conflict situations.

In terms of public economics and behavioural economics, the main focus of Dr Cartwright's work is on the provision of threshold public goods. In this research she combines both theory and lab experiments to understand how cooperation within small groups can be achieved and maintained. Recent work is published in International Journal of Game Theory, Economics Letters and Journal of Public Economic Theory. A current project is applying insights from threshold public good games to study climate change agreements. 

Within the field of industrial organisation, Dr Cartwright has long-standing research interests on issues related to leadership and research and development (R&D). Her work has been published in leading journals such as Games and Economic Behavior, Mathematical Social Sciences and Manchester School. A current strand of work is looking at firm location choice in the presence of R&D spillovers.

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External examiner at Oxford Brookes University

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