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.
She previously worked at the University of Leeds (POLIS) as a research assistant for the White Rose Consortium for the North of England. She also held academic positions at the University of Huddersfield, and at Leeds Metropolitan University, where she was awarded a PhD in Political Sociology in 2014. Before moving to the UK, she worked as a researcher for regional governments (Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche) and for several academic institutions in Italy.
Currently, 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. Her work in this area concentrates on the tensions between technocratic and democratic approaches to devolution in the context of the recent ‘Devo Deals’ and ‘Northern Powerhouse’ agenda, as well as on the link between territorial identity and devolution in the North, especially in the aftermath of Brexit and within the current austerity regime. Arianna is also interested in issues of territorial politics, decentralisation and regional governance across Europe; regionalist and independentist parties and party politics in Italy and in comparative perspective; and, more broadly, in EU politics and policy.
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. 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.

Dr Stephanie Mudge

University of California, Davis

Stephanie MudgeStephanie Mudge is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. Her forthcoming book, tentatively titled Neoliberal Politics, offers a sociological perspective on the sources and effects of the rise of market-friendly politics in Western democracies, focusing on the programmes of centre-left parties in the 1990s (the ‘third way’ phenomenon).

Her work seeks to shed light on specific dilemmas of present-day governance: how modern political authority has been built on the back of scientific authority, how those processes have fed into the current political and economic moment, and why in recent decades the relationship between politics and scientific knowledge has shown signs of strain.  One of the implications of her work is that, while today’s politics require scientific input, the relationship between politics and science is variable, fragile, and – under certain conditions – can generate alienated publics, disconnected political leadership, and a narrowing of political capacity to anticipate, interpret, and respond to crises.

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 ThompsonProfessor Helen Thompson is a Reader in Politics in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University, where she is also a Director of Studies at Clare College.

She has written books on British economic policy, the relationship of democracy to the international economy, and the politics of the economic relationship between the United States and China and several aspects of the financial crisis. Her books include China and the mortgaging of America: domestic politics and the economic interdependence (Palgrave, 2010) and Might, right, prosperity, and consent: representative democracy (Manchester University Press, 2008).

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.