Honorary Research Fellows

Professor Jacqueline Best

University of Ottawa

Jacqueline BestJacqueline Best is a Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, and Coordinator of the International Political Economy Network (IPEN). Her work focuses on the social, cultural and political underpinnings of the global economic system. She has recently published two books with Cambridge University Press: Governing Failure: Provisional Expertise and the Transformation of Global Development Finance, a single-authored book, and The Return of the Public in Global Governance, co-edited with Alexandra Gheciu. Jacqueline is also an editor of the Routledge Review of International Political Economy (RIPE) Book Series and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Queensland and the University of Oxford.

Professor Ben Clift

University of Warwick

benclift120Ben Clift is Professor of Political Economy and Deputy Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. He studied at the University of Sheffield for a BA in French and Politics, and an MA in Political Economy. He received his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2000. He joined the University of Warwick after holding posts at the University of Sheffield and Brunel University. He has held visiting positions at Sciences-Po, Paris in 2007 and 2013, and in 2009 he was a visiting research fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. His current research explores austerity and the politics of economic ideas with a focus on the IMF since 2008. He is Associate Editor of the journal French Politics and he recently published a book entitled Comparative Political Economy: States, Markets & Global Capitalism with Palgrave (2014).

Professor Daniela Gabor

University of the West of England

Daniela-Gabor-120nDaniela Gabor is a Professor in Economics and Macro-finance at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She holds a PhD in banking and finance from the University of Stirling (2009). Since then, she has published on central banking in crisis, on the governance of global banks and the IMF, on shadow banking and repo markets. Her latest publications include a co-edited book with Charles Goodhart, Jakob Vestegaard, and Ismail Erturk entitled Central Banking at Crossroads (Anthem Press, 2014) and The (impossible) repo trinity (Review of International Political Economy, 2016), Banking on bonds (Journal of Common Market Studies, with Cornel Ban, 2015) and A step too far? The European FTT on shadow banking (Journal of European Public Policy, 2015). With Jakob Vestergaard, she leads the INET grant Managing Shadow Money (2015-2017), aiming to rethink money in an age of shadow banking. She tweets @DanielaGabor.

Dr Arianna Giovannini

De Montfort University

Ariana GiovanniniDr Arianna Giovannini is a Lecturer in Local Politics at the Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, where she is also a member of the Local Governance Research Unit (LGRU) and the Centre for Urban Research and Austerity (CURA). Before joining DMU in August 2016, she was a Research Officer at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), University of Sheffield. Arianna is also an Associate Fellow at the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. Arianna’s research focuses on territorial politics and devolution in the UK, with a particular emphasis on the ‘English Question’ and the case of the North of England. She has written extensively on these topics, publishing in academic journals including Political Studies, the Political Quarterly and the Italian Political Science Review. She is currently working on a book entitled The Political Economy of the Northern Powerhouse (co-edited with Dr Craig Berry, SPERI), which will be published by Palgrave in 2017.

Dr Jeremy Green

University of Cambridge

Jeremy GreenJeremy Green is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Cambridge. Before beginning work at Cambridge he was a Lecturer in Politics in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol. Prior to that, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute. His research interests are broadly concerned with political economy and international historical sociology. His doctoral thesis explored the way in which the dominant configuration of institutional power within Britain; the nexus between the City, Treasury and Bank of England, has been articulated within a broader context of Anglo-American development. During his postdoctoral studies, his research turned towards the global financial crisis of 2007/8 and its impact upon Britain’s socio-economic development, with particular regard to the political economy of finance and central banking.  Jeremy is co-editor of the forthcoming Palgrave volume on The British Growth Crisis which is being published in the SPERI series.

Professor Martin Jones

University of Staffordshire

Professor Martin Jones is Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor of Human Geography, and Co-Director of the Centre for City-Region Dynamics at Staffordshire University. Martin has responsibility for Research, Digital Services, Estates and Commercial Services, and Technical Services. Martin joined the University from the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield where he was also Director of the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC) and also Professor of Urban and Regional Political Economy. Prior to coming to Sheffield, Martin spent 15 years at the University of Aberystwyth where he was Pro Vice-Chancellor and Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD). Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, originator and co-editor of the journal Territory, Politics, Governance, and the author or editor of 10 books and over 150 publications.​ Martin’s current research, funded by the ESRC, is interested in the geographies of state intervention and civil society through localism and city-region building in Sheffield, Manchester, Swansea, Cardiff, and Stoke-on-Trent.

Dr Valbona Muzaka

King’s College London

Valbona MuzakaValbona Muzaka is a Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. Previously she worked as a lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton and as a Teaching Fellow at the Development of Politics at the University of Sheffield – where she also completed her PhD. Valbona’s research focuses generally on international political economy, global governance, development and intellectual property. She is currently examining how discourses in which political actors are embedded legitimise their political challenges, and how they may enable and limit the universe of potential outcomes. She also intends to build on her previous work on intellectual property rights in relation to the ‘knowledge economy’, contesting how knowledge is governed. Her most recent publication The Politics of Intellectual Property was published in 2011 and she has a forthcoming publication entitled Governing intellectually property and development in The Handbook of the International Political Economy of Governance edited by Tony Payne and Nicola Phillips to be published later this year. She has also published widely in journals including European Journal of International Relations and Review of International Political Economy. 

Professor Helen Thompson

University of Cambridge

Helen ThompsonHelen Thompson is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University and a fellow of Clare College. She has in recent years published research on oil, debt, the global financial crisis, the European banking crisis, and the sustainability of the euro zone.  Her books include Oil and the Western Economic Crisis (Palgrave 2017),  Might, Right, Prosperity, and Consent: Representative Democracy and the International Economy (Manchester University Press, 2008) and China and the Mortgaging of America: Economic Interdependence and Domestic Politics (Palgrave, 2010). Helen’s research interests lie in the politics of the international economy and economic policy: the states, democracy and the international economy; the financial crisis; and the future of the euro. She is currently working on a project on the consequences for democratic politics of the 2008 financial and euro-zone crises in the context of the changes to the international economy since the 1970s.