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Anja Shortland

Reader in Political Economy


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Department of Political Economy
Room S2.23
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London WC2R 2LS

+44 (0)20 7848 7274


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Dr Anja Shortland is Reader in Political Economy. Sh is also the Research Group leader for Political Economy of Peace and Security. Her current research projects are in peace science and the economics of crime. Although largely based on data analysis, her work usually cuts across disciplinary boundaries adopting techniques and insights from sociology, engineering, geography, politics, international relations and economics.

Anja was an Engineering and Economics undergraduate at Oxford and then did her Masters and PhD in International Relations at the LSE. Before coming to King's she worked as a lecturer in  Economics at Leicester, a Reader in Economics at Brunel University and as a consultant to the World Bank.


Anja's research broadly falls into three categories: 1) crime, conflict and security policy, 2) the role of government in finance, and 3) using geographic information science in economic analysis. She is particularly interested in maritime security, war economies and informal modes of governance.  She has published widely on the issue of maritime piracy and co-authored the 2013 World Bank Policy Report: "The Pirates of Somalia: Ending the Threat; Rebuilding a Nation." 

Her recent work uses cutting edge techniques in remote sensing and image analysis to study development failed states, where no economic data have been collected for decades. 

Anja welcomes PhD applications in the fields of peace science, the political economy of development and the economics of crime, including from professionals with experience in these areas. 


Quantitative Research Methods (Year Two)
Peace Science (from 2014/15)

Selected Publications

Shortland A. and Varese F. (2015): An Application of Protection Theory to Somali Piracy, The British Journal of Criminology

Shortland, A., Makatsoris, H and Christopoulou, K. (2013): War and Famine, Peace and Light? The Economic Dynamics of Conflict in Somalia, Journal of Peace Research 

Percy S. and Shortland, A. (2013): The Business of Piracy in Somalia, Journal of Strategic Studies 

Shortland, A. and Percy S. (2013): Governance, Naval Intervention and Piracy in Somalia, Peace Economics, Peace Studies and Public Policy  

Percy S. and Shortland, A. (2013): Five Obstacles to Ending Somali Piracy, Global Policy  Vol 4 Issue 1 pp 65-72

Fielding, D. and Shortland, A. (2012):  The Dynamics of Terror During The Peruvian Civil War, Journal of Peace Research Volume 49 Issue 6 November 2012 pp. 847 - 862. 

Andrianova, S.; Demetriades, P. and Shortland, A (2012): Is State ownership of Banks Really Detrimental for Growth? Economica; Vol 79 Issue 7, pp 449-469

Shortland A. and Vothknecht M. (2011): Combating “Maritime Terrorism” in Somalia; European Journal of Political Economy, Vol 27 S1 pp S133-151

Dasgupta, A. Gonzalez, R and Shortland A (2011): Contagious Currency Crises; Journal of International Money and Finance; Vol 30 pp831-848

Fielding, D. and Shortland, A. (2010): “An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth” - Violence and Counter-insurgency in Egypt, Journal of Peace Research Vol 47, Issue 4 pp 433-447

Fielding, D. and Shortland, A (2009): Does Television Terrify Tourists? The Effect of US Television News on Demand for Tourism in Israel; Journal of Risk and Uncertainty Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 245-263 

Girma, S. and Shortland, A (2008): The Political Economy of Financial Development; Oxford Economic Papers Vol. 60, No. 4, pp 567-596, 

Andrianova, S.; Demetriades, P. and Shortland, A. (2008): Government Ownership of Banks, Institutions and Financial Development, Journal of Development Economics Volume 85, Issue 1-2, pp 218-252

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