Obituary: Professor Miltos Makris

  • Date

    Tue 8 Nov 22

Portrait photograph of Professor Miltos Makris

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our colleague Miltiadis (Miltos) Makris.

Miltos began his research career at Essex with his PhD studies during 1995-1999 under Professor Michel Keen and returned to Essex as Professor of Economics in October 2021, having taught at the universities of Bristol, Exeter, Leicester, Southampton, and Kent.

Miltos was a leading figure in economics research and made leading contributions in several fields ranging from dynamic public finance and macroeconomics, public economics and political economics, to economic epidemiology most recently. He contributed significantly to the public discussions around the Greek debt crisis in 2012 and more recently to the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19.

Miltos maintained strong links with Essex throughout his career, professionally and personally. He served as external examiner and PhD examiner, as well as collaborating on research with colleagues here. Miltos has also been a long-time visitor to the Department of Economics, as he lived in Wivenhoe, even while working at Southampton and Kent universities.

His warm and generous nature made him a much-liked colleague and he was a close friend to many. He will be greatly missed.

In memory of Miltos, the Department has created a prize in his name for the best research student in economics. This prize will be given every year to the best economics paper produced by a PhD student. In this way the Department can celebrate Miltos’ academic career and his legacy as well as inspire the new generation of Essex PhD students, as he once was.

Miltos leaves two daughters and a son.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

If you would like to submit a tribute to Professor Makris please email and it will be added below this article.>


I had the privilege to meet Miltos in several occasions, more recently while he was an external examiner for a University of Glasgow PhD student and I was impressed by his novel thinking, his generosity, personality and ethos. My thoughts are with his family. RIP Miltos.
Dr Theodore Koutmeridis, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Glasgow

Miltos, you will always be remembered for your impact. My sincere condolences to his family. Kind regards
Telma Yamou

What a lovely way of remembering Miltos. So sad a loss for his family and friends.
Peter Beresford, Emeritus Professor, School of Health and Social Care

My deepest condolences to the family and a great legacy will be left with the awarded prize.
Everett Henry, Interim Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University Essex