Marco Fongoni, Economics PhD student

Marco Fongoni

PhD student, Economics

Italian student Marco Fongoni is in the final year of his PhD study in Economics. Having initially studied in his hometown, Ancona, Marco studied in Sweden as part of the Erasmus programme. He then came to Strathclyde to study an MSc in Applied Economics, which led him to start a PhD in the Department of Economics.

Earlier this year, Marco took a four-month break from his studies to work on placement at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development in Paris. His PhD thesis focuses on wage setting behaviour and its impact on the market economy.

Why did you choose to come to Strathclyde?

After my Erasmus year, I wanted to continue studying English. I knew there were very good economics departments in the UK, and I really wanted to come to Scotland. I was attracted by its culture and history. I applied for Masters’ courses in Scotland and received a good offer from Strathclyde, so I decided to come here. I worked well with the professors on my Masters course, so I decided to stay on here to do my PhD.

What have you enjoyed most about studying at Strathclyde?

It is a very well organised university. I am working with two supervisors (Julia Darby and Alex Dickson) both from very different areas. We often have meetings together, and my supervisors are always available to listen to me and read the material I send them. We have a lot of constructive discussions, and I receive useful feedback, which I always take on board to develop my ideas independently. I think this is the best environment for a PhD student.

What do you hope to do after your PhD?

I would like to continue in an academic career. Given the relatively short length of my PhD, the next step would be to do a post-doc, in order to further strengthen my knowledge and publish my thesis.

Would you recommend Strathclyde as a place to study for PhD students in your study area?

Yes, even if the Department and the PhD community is small, the environment is very friendly and the diversity of research topics engaged allows you to learn a lot, even from entirely different areas of research.

Do you enjoy living in Glasgow?

Yes, very much. This was one of the other reasons I decided to stay on following my MSc. I always speak well about Glasgow – it’s a very international city, very dynamic and full of cultural events. There are a lot of things to do in Glasgow and in a couple of hours north by car there are the Highlands – an amazing combination of landscapes, history and nature.