Caroline is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at SPERI. She joined the University of Sheffield in January 2019. Prior to this she was a lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester, where she obtained her PhD thesis in September 2018. She holds a bi-diplome in Politics and IR from Sciences Po Lille/ the University of Kent.

Caroline leads SPERI’s Finance, Debt & Society research theme with Liam Stanley.

Caroline is a member of the Critical Political Economy Research Network. She was a visiting scholar at the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 2017 and previously worked for the civil society organisation Finance Watch.

Research Interests

Caroline’s teaching and research interests include global political economy and feminist political economy, the politics of finance, banking and debt, European politics and intersectional feminism. She is also interested in the politics of research and in critical pedagogy.

Her current research is concerned with the rise of defaulting debts (also called ‘non-performing loans’) in Europe. She looks at the ways in which state and market actors have sought to deal with this issue, and the socioeconomic and political implications this has. More specifically, she focuses on the emergence of European distressed debt markets which involve large European banks and US-based private equity firms, as well as loan servicers in charge of collecting and enforcing debt payments. Caroline is particularly interested in exploring how recent EU regulatory developments aiming to promote these markets and bolster the role of cross-border loan servicers have conflicted with debtor protection rules. Overall, she seeks to understand how the financialisation and marketisation of debts and their defaults (i.e. the creation of ‘default-backed securities’) affect households and the most vulnerable groups in society.

Key Publications

  • 2016. Turning debts into a market: the wonderful promises of securitization. The Broker, 15 August.
  • 2016. Time to re-politicise money! Ballast Collective, 26 July. [With Ilias Alami and Vincent Guermond]
  • 2014. Repenser l’économie et son enseignement: un thème qui fédère les étudiants européens. L’Économie Politique 64: 48-55.