Dr Saite Lu

Mead Research Fellow in Economics at University of Cambridge


Assistant Professor in Public Policy; Mead Fellow in Economics, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

Dr Saite Lu is an Assistant Professor in Public Policy and the Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College. His primary research focus is macro-finance and macroeconometric forecasting models. He is currently working on a research project with Dr Ken Coutts and Dr Graham Gudgin to develop an empirical Stock-flow Consistent (SFC) financial forecasting model for the UK economy. The model would help advance our understanding of the interlinkages between the real economy and the financial sector. It can also provide simulations and forecasts for important policy changes, which will contribute to contemporary economic debates such as potential policy responses to inflation.

Another research focus is on national accounting and its applications in shaping sustainable development policies. As an affiliated researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, his research investigates the role of missing capitals (e.g., natural, human and social capital) on the national balance sheet and how to improve economic development using the wealth approach. These capitals, together with a responsive financial system, are the missing pieces that are absolutely essential in achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals. Together with Professor Diane Coyle, he has developed an online course for the University of Cambridge based on the Wealth Economy framework.

He has recently received a research grant jointly funded by the Nuffield Foundation and the British Academy. The research project explores whether administrative data about public behaviours, already gathered by local authorities, can be ethically used as a means of gaining additional insight into community well-being and policy formulation.

Outside academia, he is a Global Future Council Fellow on the New Agenda for Fiscal and Monetary Policy, World Economic Forum. He was appointed as a macro-fiscal adviser for the governments of Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Palestinian Authority.