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Research in the Department of Political Economy focuses on fundamental questions about the human condition at the local, national and international scale. 

We recognise that understanding and evaluating the ability of states, markets and communities to address social problems requires a pluralistic approach, open to insights from different disciplines, theories and research methods.

Research from the Department of Political Economy continues to feature in top ranking journals across the nexus of politics, philosophy and economics. In doing so, our research draws on insights from rational choice theory to neo-classical economics to heterodox approaches to political economy. We also employ a range of methodologies including econometrics, case studies, historical and textual analysis, normative theory and policy evaluation.

Research culture

We have an open and inclusive research culture which stimulates conversation between contesting theories, approaches and ideologies, and which brings together faculty and graduate students in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere.

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Research groups and centres

Our research is organised into five groups and two research centres which reflect the diversity of interests and approaches in the department.

Our Current Research Projects


Our Research



Founded in 2010, the Department of Political Economy is the only department of its kind in the…

Departmental Seminars 2018/19

Departmental Seminars

Every week the Department of Political Economy invites guest speakers or academic staff to present…