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Ilias Alami

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Ilias' research analyses state responses to international capital flows in emerging capitalist countries.

Title of thesis

Post-crisis capital account policies in emerging capitalisms: regaining policy space? A comparison between Brazil and South Africa.

Summary

My research analyses state responses to international capital flows in emerging capitalist countries. More precisely, I seek to explain the variety of capital account policies in Brazil and South Africa in the post-crisis environment (2008-2014). I use a historical geographical materialist approach in order to understand the drivers of these policy choices in the light of class configurations and the particular form of accumulation in both countries.

Academic supervisors

Planned submission date

December 2017

Research interests

IPE, political economy of money and finance, development and international capital flows, North-South relations, uneven development, imperialism, financialisation, geographies of global finance, materialist state theory, Marxist theory.

Education

  • MSc Management, Cum Laude, Toulouse Business School, 2012
  • MSc Development Administration and Planning, Distinction, University College London, 2013

Teaching experience

2016 – Teaching Assistant for the course 'Politics of the Global Economy', Politics Department, University of Manchester

2017 – Teaching Assistant for the course 'Politics of Development', Politics Department, University of Manchester

Visiting positions

June-Sept 2016 – Visiting PhD fellow, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Oct-Dec 2016 – Visiting PhD fellow, Economics Department, University of Johannesburg (South Africa)

Awards

  • President's Doctoral Student Award (The University of Manchester)
  • Norman Chester Fund Award 2015-2016 (The University of Manchester)
  • Fieldwork Bursary 2016 (The University of Manchester)

Conference papers

  • Alami, I., (2016), 'A Marxist analysis of capital controls in Brazil and South Africa: From the 1930s to the post-2008 crisis context', Research Seminar in Industrial Development and Policy, University of Johannesburg, 11 Nov 2016
  • Alami, I., (2016), 'A critical understanding of post-crisis capital account policies in Brazil and South Africa: Theoretical challenges and preliminary results', International Seminar UFABC – São Paulo, 25 August 2016
  • Alami, I., (2015), 'Post-crisis capital controls in emerging capitalist countries: regaining policy space? A critical IPE engagement', Conference of Socialist Economists, The University of Manchester, March 2016
  • Alami, I., (2015), 'Finance-dominated accumulation and transformations of state power in Brazil: an analysis using the concepts of 'passive revolution' and 'uneven and combined development'', BISA-IPEG conference, The University of Manchester, 16-17 October 2015
  • Alami, I., (2015), 'Post-crisis capital controls in emerging capitalist countries: regaining policy space? An historical-materialist engagement', IIPPE conference, Leeds University, 9-11 September 2015
  • Alami, I., (2015), 'Post-crisis capital controls in emerging capitalist countries and policy space', Association for Heterodox Economics Conference, Southampton University, 2-4 July 2015
  • Alami, I., (2015), 'International capital flows to the peripheries and the (re)production of uneven spaces of global finance: a long-run view', Lancaster University PhD sociology conference, 29-30 June 2015

Contact details

Email: ilias.alami@manchester.ac.uk