Global Political Economy

  • Aurelie Larquemin

    Global Political Economy

    PhD Researcher in Global Political Economy (ESRC +3)
    University of Bath, Department of Social & Policy Sciences

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: The challenge of promoting effective financial inclusion: an investigation of the factors that lead to active use of financial services and improved livelihoods

    The objective of my research is to investigate the factors affecting use, in particular their social and cultural dynamics. In particular to understand, how social, economic and demographic factors like gender, income level, religion, caste, etc. interact with the use of bank accounts and other financial services. The results will give insights on the bottlenecks and factors responsible for a low level of financial service use in developing countries.

    Research supervisors: Dr Susan Johnson (Bath), Dr Malcolm Fairbrother (Bristol)

    Email: adl42@bath.ac.uk


  • Kate Burrell

    Global Political Economy

    PhD Researcher in Global Political Economy (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department of Social & Policy Sciences

    Start date: September 2012

    Research topic: How do movements bring about social transformation? Social movements and pre-figurative politics in the globalised world

    Research supervisors: Dr Ana Dinerstein (Bath), Dr Naomi Milner (Bristol)

    Email: kb257@bath.ac.uk


  • Kyle Geraghty

    Global Political Economy

    PhD Researcher in Global Political Economy (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School of Economic Finance and Management

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: The effect of global production networks on value creation

    My research focuses on a critique of the global production networks conception of value, and in particular its overarching emphasis on the way in which they shape different opportunities for value capture. I posit that although this can identify several outcomes from developing economics engagement with global trade, a clearer understanding of how value creation is required. My thesis empirical work be developing this through the value-form approach to value theory through fieldwork in Eastern Europe.

    The research I am engaged in is explicitly interdisciplinary; bringing together elements from global political economy and economic geography, my critique also emerges from an engagement with both economic history and long standing debate on value in political economy.

    Research supervisors: Dr Gregory Schwartz (Bristol), Professor Jeffrey Henderson

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-geraghty-889a87112

    Website/Blog: https://bristol.academia.edu/KyleGeraghty


  • Lydia Medland

    Global Political Economy

    PhD Researcher in Global Political Economy (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS)

    Start date: September 2013

    Research topic: Global Political Economy of Food and Seasonal Production (Case study, Morocco)

    My research is focused on seasonal workers and their experiences of global food production, specifically in Morocco. I am researching the social and working conditions of seasonal workers and their livelihood strategies whilst producing crops such as tomatoes in counter-seasonal rhythms destined for Europe. In the context of changing social and political conditions in Europe and Northern Africa I am interested to understand how the political economy of food is interpreted in local contexts, particularly by workers. Methodologically, my approach is interpretive and will involve in-depth interviews and visual methods. For this research I am learning French and Moroccan Arabic.

    Research supervisors: Professor Tonia Novitz (Bristol), Dr Emma Carmel (Bath), Dr Adrian Flint (Bristol)

    Professional memberships/Positions held:   Co-coordinator of Bristol Participatory Action Research Group SPAIS Student Rep

    Email: Lydia.Medland@bristol.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: Lydia Medland

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lydyact


  • Molly Bond

    Global Political Economy

    PhD Researcher in Global Political Economy (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: Governing the Bioeconomy

    Bridging Science and Technology Studies (STS), Development Studies and Poltical Ecology, and contextually set within the emerging policy transition to a global ‘Bioeconomy’, my research examines the implications of commercial synthetic biology to sustainable development and future agro-industrial production. I am particularly interested in the concepts of ‘disruptive’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘responsible’ innovation, as well as how these notions are assimilated into multi-stakeholder deliberations and the global governance of emerging technologies at the UN Convention of Biological Diversity.

    Research supervisors: Dr Maria Fannin (Bristol), Dr Karen Tucker (Bristol), Professor Clare Saunders (Exeter)

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Cabot Institute FSSL International Development Research Group Global Political Economy Research Group Development Studies Association

    Email: molly.bond@bristol.ac.uk

    Website/Blog: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/geography/people/molly-rose-r-bond/overview.html


  • Nicky Stubbs

    Global Political Economy

    PhD Researcher in Global Political Economy (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department of Social and Policy Sciences

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: The transformation of work and the crisis of social democracy

    I am interested in the process of de-industrialisation and the impact that it has on the everyday experience of work – particularly its transformative effect on labour subjectivity. This impacts the way people see themselves in an increasingly fragmented and divided labour market. I am particularly interested in the crisis of the left in this context and what the left is doing to reorganise an increasingly precariatised workforce against the reproduction of capitalist social relations. My research is inspired by my previous employment as a researcher for the National Union of Mineworkers and for a Labour Party shadow cabinet minister.

    Research supervisors: Dr Ana Dinerstein (Bath), Professor Jeffrey Henderson (Bristol)

    Email: N.Stubbs@bath.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/nicky-stubbs-ab245977

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickyStubbs2


  • Richard Baxter

    Global Political Economy

    PhD Researcher in Global Political Economy (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department of Economics

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Assessing cultural ecosystem services: helping to answer the call of TEEB (2010) that there has been little progress to-date

    This research builds on current work in the area of cultural ecosystem services.  According to TEEB (2010), there has been “little progress” in their mapping to-date.  Seven types of cultural ecosystem service are included in the research (such as aesthetic, cultural heritage and recreation).  Innovative triangulation techniques are used to produce results which aim to lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the natural benefits and costs derived from cultural ecosystem services.

    Research supervisors: Dr Alistair Hunt

    Email: rb863@bath.ac.uk