Economics student wins Adam Smith book cover competition

Chizulum Ifezulike, a third-year student in BA Economics and Business Enterprise at Strathclyde Business School, was awarded first place in the Adam Smith national student book cover competition

The competition was open to undergraduate and postgraduate students from UK universities to redesign the front cover of Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations" or "The Theory of Moral Sentiments" with a twist for the 21st century.

Chizulum chose "The Wealth of Nations" and in her design, she aimed to capture key concepts that reflect the relevance of Adam Smith's ideas today including two sets of hands to symbolise collaboration and diversity; hands holding soil with a stack of coins, representing global collaboration and sustainable practices; a small tree growing from the soil signifying investing in sustainability and preserving natural resources, and an emphasis on the importance of promoting sustainability in global trade and industry.

Chizulum said, "Overall, my design combines Smith's concepts of a market economy, division of labour, and sustainable growth. Being recognised in this prestigious competition out of numerous entries is amazing and I am grateful to the Economics Observatory and the judging panel for selecting my design. This experience has deepened my passion for Economics, offering me a unique perspective.

"Attending the Adam Smith 300 Symposium was also an incredible opportunity to meet esteemed economists and lecturers such as Glory Liu from Harvard University and I was privileged to meet Professor of Economics, Graeme Roy. The insights from the event reinforced the continued relevance of Adam Smith's ideas in shaping our world. I look forward to using this experience to contribute further to the field of Economics."

As first prize winner, Chizulum received a cash award of £750.

Published: 27 June 2023

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