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Christopher Holmes was recently awarded funding by Friends Provident Foundation and Barrow Cadbury Trust to run a deliberative democracy project on economic policy in the UK: The Citizens’ Economic Council on the Cost of Living. The project takes place in spring 2023 and you can find out more at the project website and via the project twitter account.

Christopher joined King’s in July 2016 having previously held lectureships at the University of Warwick and the University of Southampton. He received his PhD from the University of Warwick in 2010.


Christopher researches on various aspects of political economy in national and international contexts, all united by a fundamental interest in the role of economic ideas in public debate and policy processes. This includes interests in:

  • The relationship between democracy and capitalism
  • The political economy of finance and money
  • The history of economic ideas
  • Applications of the thought of Karl Polanyi
  • Alternatives to GDP in policy-making

He has published extensively on contemporary applications of the thought of Karl Polanyi. He also publishes on issues in monetary and financial regulation, environmental governance, the history of economic ideas and various other topics.

He was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year, which funded research pertaining to a subsequent research monograph . The book situates various strands of post-2008 economic populism in the context of long-run change in the history of ideas (reviews here and here).


Christopher Holmes has taught a wide variety of modules on finance, money, economic thought and international political economy in general. He currently teaches Introduction to International Economics modules for first-year undergraduate students.

Office hours

Christopher is on research leave from January 2023 to January 2024.

PhD Supervisions

Christopher is happy to consider enquiries from PhD applicants looking to work in any areas related to his research interests.

Expertise and public engagement

Christopher is happy to discuss on issues in British and European political economy, particularly relating to finance and regulation.