Political Economy research cluster

About us

We are a group of active researchers engaged with critical issues that affect economies and societies. Our current research interests include food and nutrition, agrarian change, industrial policy, globalised production, economic development and international development policies, governance and institutions, labour, gender and social reproduction, and history and philosophy of political economy.

In keeping with broad traditions in political economy, we approach our diverse range of subjects by:

  • taking history and historical analysis seriously;
  • consciously enaging with methodological questions;
  • bridging the divide between economics and other social sciences;
  • applying  multiple methods (both quantitative and qualitative); and
  • studying economic, social and political aspects of capitalism across the global South and North.

Research and engagement

Our work has been published in top journals such as The Journal of Development Studies, Development and Change, Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Review of Political Economy, Review of Radical Political Economics, and Feminist Economics.

Our research is motivated by our concern for social, economic and environmental justice and the pressing issues facing societies across the globe. For this reason, our members are actively engaged with civil society campaigns and interventions into policy making. Examples include Lotta Takala-Greenish’s work on the National Minimum Wage Research Initiative in South Africa; Susan Newman’s engagement in economics education for social and environmental justice campaigners; and Felix Richie’s work to overturn dominant paradigms around data ethics and governance.

Funders of our research include the European Commission, Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Wellcome Trust.

Dr Susan Newman (Political Economy Research Cluster Leader) is also the programme leader for our MSc Global Political Economy course. Learning on this MSc course draws on the extensive experience of our cross-departmental teaching staff as well as guest speakers who come in to talk about current issues. UWE Bristol is a leading centre for pluralist research and teaching. Staff members advise governments and conduct research for major international institutions. Please see our MSc Global Political Economy course page for further information.


Selected recent publications

  • Bargawi, H. and Newman, S. (2017) From futures markets to the farm gate: A study of price formation along Tanzania’s coffee commodity chain. Economic Geography, 93 (2). pp. 162-184.
  • Berger, S. (2015) K. William Kapp's social theory of social costs. History of Political Economy, 47 (S1). pp. 227-252.
  • Cozzi, G, Newman, A. & j. Toporowski (eds.) (2016) Finance and Industrial Policy: Beyond Finanical Regulation in Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Guizzo, D. and Lima, I. (2017) Polanyi and Foucault on the issue of market in classical political economy: Complementary approaches to the radical theory of social control. Review of Radical Political Economics, 49 (1). pp. 100-113.
  • Guizzo, D. and Stronge, W. (2018) Keynes, Foucault and the 'disciplinary complex': A contribution to the analysis of work. Autonomy (02).
  • Mearman, A., Guizzo, D. and Berger, S. (2018) Whither political economy? Evaluating the CORE project as a response to calls for change in economics teaching. Review of Political Economy, 30 (2). pp. 241-259.
  • Sergi, F. (2017) From the Lucasian revolution to DSGE models: An account of recent developments in macroeconomic modelling. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 10 (1). pp. 142-145.
  • Staritz, C., Newman, S., Tröster, B. and Plank, L. (2018) Financialization and global commodity chains: Distributional implications for cotton in Sub-Saharan Africa. Development and Change, 49 (3). pp. 815-842.
  • Stevano, S. (2018) The limits of instrumentalism: Informal work and gendered cycles of food insecurity in Mozambique. The Journal of Development Studies, 55 (1). pp. 83-98.
  • Stevano, S., Kadiyala, S., Johnston, D., Malapit, H. J., Hull, E. and Kalamatianou, S. (2018) Time use in agriculture-nutrition research: Conceptualisation, operationalisation and interpretation. Feminist Economics.
  • Deane, K. and Stevano, S. (2016) Towards a political economy of the use of research assistants: Reflections from fieldwork in Tanzania and Mozambique. Qualitative Research, 16 (2). pp. 213-228.
  • Vanteeva, N. and Hickson, C. (2018). The idiosyncratic pattern of Russian corporate dividend policy during its formative era. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, forthcoming.
  • Vanteeva, N. and Hickson, C. (2015). Gerschenkron revisited: the new corporate Russia. Journal of Economic Issues, 49(4), pp. 978-1007.
  • Vanteeva, N. and Hickson, C. (2016). The effect of state-private co-partnership system on Russian industry. Review of Industrial Organization, 48(3), pp. 333-356.
  • Webber, D., Webber, G., Berger, S. and Bradley, P. (2017) Explaining productivity in a poor productivity region. Environment and Planning A, 50 (1), pp. 157-174.

Recent projects

  • Beyond Financial Regulation, European Industrial Policies in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis, Susan Newman, funder: Foundation for European Progressive Studies, 2013-2014.
  • Political Economy of the restructuring of the Dairy industry in New Zealand, Susan Newman, funder: University of the West of England, 2015-2016.
  • Growth Poverty Nexus: Finance and Accumulation in Tanzania, Susan Newman, funder: REPOA, 2014-2016.
  • Multiple projects advising governments and academic organisations in the UK, Europe, Mexico, Nepal and Oceania on non-traditional models of data governance and user engagement, Felix Ritchie, 2012 to ongoing.

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