Dr Joseph Baines
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy
- Affiliate of the Lau China Institute
Joseph Baines is a Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy at King’s College London. Before his appointment at King’s in 2016, he was a Fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Joseph undertook his PhD at York University, Toronto, where he explored the distributional consequences of food crisis and the restructuring of global value chains. Prior to his doctoral research, Joseph completed a Masters in Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex (2007-08), and an undergraduate degree in politics and international studies at the University of Warwick (2004-07).
The underlying research question that animates much of Joseph’s research is ‘who benefits?’ Who, in other words, gains from either stasis or transformation in the global political economy? And what if anything are these actors doing to either obstruct or facilitate change? This approach has led him to embark on research that covers five core themes:
- Corporate Power and Ecological Crisis
- The Political Economy of Food and Agriculture
- The Political Economy of Energy
- The Transformation of Global Value Chains
- Financialisation, Debt and Inequality
- The Capital as Power Framework
Joseph's teaching has covered a wide range of subjects within the field of international political economy. His current teaching portfolio reflects his research interests in the political economy of energy, climate change and multinational corporations.
Joseph welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests.
Expertise and public engagement
Joseph has authored articles in Le Monde, The Guardian, Tribune and The Conversation. He has contributed research to the Common Wealth think tank, which has subsequently been covered in The Observer, The Guardian and The Mirror. His work has also been extensively discussed in Bloomberg News and referenced in The Financial Times.