I am a Senior Research Officer and Lead Researcher at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. I am also an associate member of Nuffield college.


My main areas of research are in the economics of innovation and productivity, environmental economics, networks and complex systems, applied econometrics and forecasting.


Contact: francois.lafond at


Production networks and epidemic spreading: How to restart the UK economy? (with Anton Pichler, Marco PangalloR. Maria del Rio-Chanona, and J. Doyne Farmer, INET Working Paper 2020-12 Data on Zenodo, Interactive simulator, Twitter summary.
Reopening upstream sectors first limits supply chain coordination problems and boosts output at a limited cost in terms of epidemic spreading.