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Dr David Hope is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy in the King’s College London Department of Political Economy. He is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) International Inequalities Institute (III). Prior to joining King’s, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the LSE International Inequalities Institute. David holds a PhD (2017) in Political Science from the LSE Department of Government and has previously studied Economics at both the LSE (MSc) and University College London (BSc). During his time as a PhD student, he was an Economics Editor for the CORE Project; an ambitious international collaboration to overhaul the undergraduate economics curriculum. In his professional life before beginning the PhD, he worked as an economist for PwC, Oxera and HM Treasury.

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David researches at the intersection of economics and political science. He specialises in comparative political economy and works predominantly on the advanced democracies of Western Europe and North America. His current areas of interest include: technological change and the knowledge economy; inequality and redistribution; taxing the rich; and varieties of capitalism and growth models. He uses a range of research methodologies in his work including both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

His recent work appears in World Politics, Socio-Economic Review, PSRM, Politics & Society, European Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of European Public Policy (among others). More details about David’s research, including his publications, can be found on his website. More details about his joint work with Dr Julian Limberg (also KCL DPE) on taxing the rich can be found at


  • Principles of Economics (1st year undergraduate module)
  • The Political Economy of Inequality (3rd year undergraduate module)

PhD Supervisions

David is interested in supervising students researching on the advanced democracies (i.e. the OECD countries) in the following areas:

  • Comparative political economy
  • Varieties of capitalism and growth models
  • Technological change and the knowledge economy
  • Inequality and redistribution
  • Taxing the rich