The Mint talked to Professor Ozlem Onaran about her journey from an undergraduate degree in engineering to being a professor in economics at Greenwich University. She started her career in in the changeable political-economy of Turkey, her home country and has worked in five countries.
She was determined to take a pluralist route whatever the sacrifice. She also wanted to influence policy, starting as an activist in the period when neo-liberalism dominated captured in the acronym TINA – there is no alternative. None of it was plain sailing, particularly as a woman.