Mark Longhurst

  • Studentship: University of Oxford, 2010-11

In the final weeks of my senior thesis, hidden within the stacks of Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library, I would frequently listen to articles from the The Economist’s audio edition to sweeten the short breaks I took from writing. During one such break, I learned about the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation. Eighteen months later, thanks to the foundation, I find myself writing in the depths of another university library; this one in Oxford.

My interest in financial journalism stems from a decade of reading The Economist, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. At Yale University, I majored in economics and wrote for the Yale Economic Review. Further afield, I contributed work for a book about economic, environmental and humanitarian disasters. In my final year, I wrote my senior thesis on the nexus between migration and carbon taxes.

On account of Marjorie Deane’s generosity, I will spend a good deal of the next two years surrounded by musty economics literature, writing about carbon finance. Best of all, I will have the opportunity to contribute articles to publications at Oxford, and further study the field about which I plan to write in the future. I am very thankful to Marjorie Deane and the trustees of her foundation for the studentship.

[October 2010]