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International Political Economy


The IPE Cluster represents a wide range of expertise in PAIS that supports its longstanding and global reputation in IPE. It brings together scholars undertaking cutting-edge research in a variety of conceptual and thematic areas within IPE - see 'Research Themes & Publications' for more information.

The Cluster also contains regional and country-specific expertise, including scholars working on Europe; East, Southeast and South Asia; and on the United Kingdom; South Africa; India; Turkey and Mexico.

There are twenty members of staff and more than thirty doctoral students undertaking research within the field of IPE at PAIS. Find out more about people in PaIS here.

The IPE Cluster hosts a series of events each year, in particular the renowned 'Annual IPE Lecture' and the 'Annual Debate on the Future of IPE' at which leading scholars in the field of IPE present and debate their work.

Research Themes & Publications


  • History of Economic Thought
  • Global Governance
  • Feminist Political Economy
  • Gender Studies
  • Everyday IPE
  • Financial Markets
  • International Development
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Capitalism and the Nation-State
  • IPE of Energy
  • Trade and Investment Policy
  • The Political Economy of Brexit

You can find out more about our research and publications by clicking on the links.

The Cluster also works in collaboration with the: Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR).

Annual Debate and Lecture

IPE Annual Lecture:

The 2017-18 IPE Annual Lecture will be given by Wes Widmaier, Griffith University, on the 2nd November 2017 at 17:00-18:30 in MS.04 (Zeeman Building). Wes be presenting on: Both Sides, Now: Paradigms, Power, Psychology, and Pragmatism at the Midpoint of Crisis.
The 2016-2017 IPE Annual Lecture was given by Diane Elson, Emeritus Professor at the University of Essex. She presented a fascinating talk, to a full house, on the 'Political Economy of 'Gender Inequality' and 'Economic Inequality''. It was organised jointly with the Global Research Priority Group on International Development.

Annual Debate on the Future of IPE:

The 2016-17 IPE Annual Debate was held on the 9th March 2017, from 16:30-18:00, in MS.05 (Zeeman Building). The theme of the debate was: 'What Counts: the Politics of Economic Accounting'. We had a fantastic line-up of speakers: Professor Daniel Mügge, Professor Peter Newell and Professor Shirin Rai. See here for slides and for an audio-video recording of the event.

Undergraduate IPE

MA Study in IPE

PhD Supervision in IPE

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Dr Caroline Kuzemko at:


IPE Annual Lecture: January 2017

Earlier this year the IPE Cluster was delighted to welcome Diane Elson, Emeritus Professor at the University of Essex, to give the Annual IPE Lecture. She presented a fascinating and timely talk, on the 'Political Economy of 'Gender Inequality' and 'Economic Inequality'', that analysed the intersection of gender and economic inequality within heterodox economics as well as within Piketty's recent work 'Capital in the 21st Century'. She went on to reveal the many ways in which economic inequality and gender inequality are instrisically intertwined, as well as to highlight what is hidden by their accounts of inequality in that they both fail to ask gender questions, still less questions about why gender inequality persists. For those that were unable to make the event please see here for a copy of the slides.


(For details please see: Calendar)

2nd November 2017: ANNUAL IPE LECTURE, Wes Widamier, Griffith University, Australia: Both Sides, Now: Paradigms, Power, Psychology, and Pragmatism at the Midpoint of Crisis

16th November 2017: Ben Clift, Operable definitions of the permissable: how narrating IPE's evolution entails justifying and legitimising assumptive foundations, ontological approaches and epistemological choices

30th November 2017: Matthew Patterson, Manchester University, The end of fossil fuels: Narrative and power in the politics of climate change

18th January 2018: Anna Killick, University of Southampton, What citizens mean by the term 'the economy' when behaving politically: An empirical UK based study