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)


  • Callum Cockbill

    Global Political Economy, Student Rep

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

    Start date: October 2018

    Research topic: The Personal Data Economy, the Corporatist State Model, and a Global Framework for an Emergent Classification of Social, Political, and Economic Power.

    Principally, my academic research is dedicated to the comprehension of the political and economic imperatives and the ideational and discursive power relations that are inherent to the development and implementation of technological innovations in advanced capitalist societies. In particular, I am interested in the investigation of a multitude of emergent paradigms at the forefront of technological innovation, which include the rise of surveillance capitalism, smart city technology, digital social innovation, artificial intelligence, and cybernetic augmentation.


    Research supervisors: Dr Ana Dinerstein, Dr Harry Pitts

    Professional memberships/Positions held: SWDTP Student Rep


  • Felix Wilson

    Global Political Economy

    PhD Researcher in Global Political Economy (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, Business School

    Start date: October 2020

    Research topic: A Critical Investigation of Potential Success Factors When Implementing National Carbon Tax Policies

    It is becoming ever more apparent that society faces an increasing number of threatening environmental challenges. With a growing number of events linked to global warming, such as the increase in world temperatures and rising sea level since the 19th century, it is possible to see the importance of making real progress towards decarbonisation. As a result of this, I intend to explore the modes of best practice for implementing national carbon tax policies, focusing on previous success factors, potential new initiatives and the role of politics.

    Research supervisors: Professor Lynne Oats, Dr. John D'Attoma

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Exeter, teaching both UG and PG Taxation. Distance Learning Associate Lecturer at Arden University


  • Josie Hooker

    Global Political Economy

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

    Start date: October 2017

    Research topic: Reinventing class politics: exploring feminist and decolonial currents in Barcelona’s new "social unionism.”

    My research explores Mezzadra and Neilson’s (2013) “multiplication of labour” thesis via militant ethnographic enquiry alongside Barcelona’s present-day experiments in “sindicalismo social” (social unionism).

    My research investigates the precise relationships between three major and inter-connected expressions of the post-2008 social movement cycle in Barcelona:

    1) Amidst generalising precarity, a resurgent materialist politics expressing emergent social subjectivities that break from traditional working-class identities and their exclusions. In particular, the re-articulation of social reproduction as a sphere of class politics, via struggles over housing, care work and the public sector; and via new forms of “sindicalismo social“, including housing assemblies and unions, new self-organised labour unions in highly deregulated, often feminised and racialised sectors neglected by mainstream unions, and the revitalisation of mainstream unions via social movement alliances

    2) The assertion of the politics of race, coloniality, gender and sexuality, and its relationship to the gendering, racialisation and bordering of contemporary class relations under hetero-patriarchal capitalist coloniality

    3) The territorial and spatial dimension – that is, struggles over the production of space in, against and beyond austerity urbanism. For example, via the mobilisation of the neighbourhood and municipal scales, or around strategic, spatial circuits of financialised value accumulation such as property and tourism

    In so doing, I mobilise and develop decolonial (Quijano 2000; Mezzadra and Neilson 2013; Dinerstein 2015), feminist (Bhattacharya 2017; Dalla Costa and James 1972; Federici 2012) and spatial (Clare 2018; Gray 2018a; Gray 2018b) perspectives within minor marxisms (Bailey et al. 2018).

    I’m committed to collective knowledge production using militant, participatory action, decolonial and feminist research methods and epistemologies.

    Research supervisors: Dr. Ana Cecilia Dinerstein, Prof. Bridget Anderson

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Founding member of SWDTP Standing Seminar in Critical Theory (2018-present) Member of SWDTP student-led Participatory Action Research group (2017-18) Committee member of SWRC (2017-18)



  • 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



  • Stefan Zylinski

    Global Political Economy

    Global Political Economy 1+3
    University of Bristol September 2021

    Start date: September 2021

    Research topic: understanding how we can better construct our financial systems to meet key sustainability goals

    My work draws on critical and political economic theory to understand how systems and structure impact society, economy, and environment. My research will focus on how different types of financial systems (state-led in China, financialised in the UK, etc.), interact – for instance, through investment flows – with different sectors (like energy, agriculture, etc.), to contribute to environmental crises. Marshalling finance is one of the key issues in meeting sustainability goals this century, and I’m interested in understanding how we can better construct our financial systems to meet these goals.

    Research supervisors: Magnus Feldmann, Oscar Berglund