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A collaborative discussion about Global Capitalism research at KCL

Bush House South East Wing, Strand Campus, London

05JunAerial view of the City of London_ the financial centre of the capital

This event is for King's staff and PhD students only.

There is a wide range of exciting research on global capitalism taking place across KCL. From ecological collapse to financial bubbles, King’s academics have long been at the forefront of analysing the contradictions and crises of the global capitalist system. However, academics and students working on similar issues are often split by disciplinary boundaries and departmental walls.

To begin to rectify this, we believe there is the potential for academics and students to come together to form a Center for Global Capitalism at KCL in the not-too-distant future. The centre could potentially provide a platform for research and teaching collaborations, draw attention to global capitalism research at KCL, provide a forum for events and discussions, link KCL academics and students to media and policy, and much more. Bring your ideas!

Before we get to that stage, we need to get to know each other better and collectively figure out:

  • What are the unique characteristics and strengths of capitalism research at KCL?
  • What kinds of questions about global capitalism are we collectively trying to answer?
  • What kinds of collaboration among staff and students already exist that we can build on and strengthen?
  • What do students and staff want such a center to look like? What would the purpose of such a center ideally be?
  • What steps do we need to take to strengthen the network of capitalism researchers at KCL before applying for Center funds?

We will discuss this with academic staff at a wide range of departments, with input from the Director of the UCL Center for Capitalism Studies. We hope to learn from their practical experience in establishing a multi-disciplinary, trans-departmental academic centre focused on studying capitalism.

Please bring your ideas along. The discussion will be followed by a reception with food and wine.


  • Dr Rana Baker (Department of History)
  • Professor Alex Loftus (Department of Geography)
  • Dr Nithya Natarajan (Department of International Development)
  • Professor Anne Pollock (Department of Global Health & Social Medicine)
  • Professor Simona Talani (Department of European and International Studies)


  • Dr Luis Andueza (Department of International Development, Power, Ecology and Climate Research Group)
  • Dr Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven (Department of International Development, Global Capitalism, Power & Uneven Development Research Group)

Organizers: Hamish Evans, Inka Maria Vilhelmiina Hiltunen, Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven, Peiwen Xiong


At this event

Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven

Lecturer in International Development

Luis Andueza

Lecturer in International Development

Leila Simona Talani

Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Centre for Italian Politics @ EIS

Anne Pollock

Head, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine

Nithya Natarajan

Senior Lecturer in International Development

Alex Loftus

Professor of Political Ecology

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