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22 May 2020

Academic is awarded prestigious fellowship

An academic is set to start work on an ambitious new research project after being awarded a fellowship by a leading international institution.

The fellowship was awarded by the Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies
The fellowship was awarded by the Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies

Magnus Ryner, professor of international political economy in the Department of European and International Studies, has been awarded a Core Fellowship by the Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies for the academic year 2020-21.

Prof Ryner will undertake research on a new project, Lost Decades: Germany, the United States and the Political Economy of Transatlantic Relations after Bretton Woods.

The fellowship, worth almost £100,000, is one of just 10 granted by the institution from more than 320 detailed applications submitted this year. Fellows are recruited annually in a highly competitive process.

Explaining the premise of his project, Prof Ryner said: “Prevailing approaches to understanding globalisation and European integration suffer from a basic problem: they do not account for why these phenomena are associated with economic stagnation in Europe and the United States.

“My project seeks to redress this problem, drawing on post-Keynesian and regulation-theoretical traditions. In particular, the project addresses the problem of American and especially German leadership after the collapse of the Bretton Woods system and asks whether the path of stagnation - ‘lost decades’ - was structurally inevitable or whether leading agents might have acted differently, and might act differently in the future.”

The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies is an independent institute of advanced study within the University of Helsinki. It provides an international research environment for scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The collegium promotes innovative interdisciplinary co-operation, both within the institution and at the University of Helsinki.

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Magnus Ryner

Professor of International Political Economy