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Global Political Economy

The Global Political Economy cluster represents a wide range of research interests, all of which are concerned with problematising the false dichotomy between the 'political' and the 'economic' in the constitution of the global political economy.

The research done by cluster members is informed by a variety of critical theoretical perspectives. Some of our specific areas of interest include neoliberalism, critiques of capitalism, European and global crises, environment and development in Africa, debt and financialisation, the political economy of trade, gender and institutional change, corporate power and the rise of philanthrocapitalism.

What our work has in common is the desire to take inspiration from debates within Global Political Economy while also being informed by literatures rooted in a number of other social science disciplines.

Hence, the cluster’s activities can be defined by a unity in diversity, making it an exciting place to work together – as faculty and postgraduate researchers - on issues of common interest while also forging our own distinctive research agendas.

Our people

Current PhD students

  • Ilias Alami - Post-crisis capital account policies in emerging capitalisms: regaining policy space? A comparison between Brazil and South Africa (Manchester Presidents Doctoral Scholarship)
  • Kelvin Charles - The City, Production and Resistance: Hardt and Negri, Occupy Encampments and Space (UoM funded)
  • Simon Chin-yee - Kenya and the global climate change regime.
  • Fadil Erzozer - The limits to Europeanisation: Economic liberalization in Cyprus
  • Beth Howieson - Gender, Hegemony and Counter-Hegemony: Biotechnology and Food Security in Brazil (ESRC-NWDTC funded)
  • Jon Las Heras - European Industrial Relations and National Trade Unions in the Spanish Automotive Industry (UoM funded)
  • Gediminas Lesutis - The Lefebvrian critique of public-private partnerships in agriculture in southern Africa.
  • Caroline Metz - Why is the European Union relaunching asset-securitisation? The politics of financial disintermediation and debt-driven growth (ESRC-NWDTC funded)
  • Nadim Mirshak - Education as resistance? Political education, civil Society and the prospects of democratization in Egypt
  • Ewan Munro - Europeanisation and the British narrative: why is Britain so Euro-sceptical?
  • Christian Scholz - The intensification of political-economic restructuring of the EMU in times of crisis