Ed is a doctoral student working under the supervision of Dr. Liam Stanley and Prof. Genevieve LeBaron. His research project looks at how the transformations of the global economy have influenced politics in the UK and beyond, interrogating the ways in which globalization can be said to have left some people behind. His work uses an everyday international political economy perspective to investigate how individuals and regions have been adversely incorporated into global networks of production, trade and finance. Ed is the co-convener of SPERI’s Doctoral Researchers Network.
Prior to starting his PhD in 2017, Ed was a student in the Department of Politics at Sheffield at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He has been active in the campaign to reform the economics curriculum, both as a student and as a founding trustee of the educational charity Rethinking Economics. Before coming to university as a mature student, he spent several years working as a sustainability consultant in the construction industry.
Ed’s interests lie broadly across the intersection of politics and economics. His work speaks to the central questions within the tradition of International Political Economy, but approached with a sensitivity to issues of gender and culture that these debates have historically missed.
He is also interested in the study of finance and financialization, in particular how it relates to inequality. Building on an undergraduate research project that looked at the problem of financial exclusion, he has also conducted research asking whether we can expect finance to play a meaningful role in addressing the problems of poverty.