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Dr Joseph Baines

Baines_JosephLecturer in International Political Economy

Tel +44 (0) 20 7848 2090
 Department of European & International Studies
King's College London
Room 4.27, Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway 
London, WC2B 6LE




Having completed an undergraduate degree in politics and international studies at the University of Warwick, Joseph pursued a Masters in Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex. His interest in political economy developed further in his doctoral studies at York University, Toronto, during which he undertook research on the distributional consequences of food crisis and the restructuring of global value chains. Shortly after graduating with a PhD from York University, Joseph worked as a Fellow in Comparative Politics at the Department of Government in the London School of Economics.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Agrarian political economy
  • The political economy of energy
  • Financialization
  • Derivatives regulation
  • Global value chains

Joseph welcomes any students who would like to be supervised in the areas listed above. More broadly, he is keen to work with anyone who holds a commitment to doing research that is both empirically rigorous and critical in its approach to the study of international political economy.

Selected publications
  • ‘Food Price Inflation as Redistribution: Towards a New Analysis of Corporate Power in the World Food System’, (2014) New Political Economy, 19(1): 79-112.
  • ‘Fuel, Feed and the Corporate Restructuring of the Food Regime’, The Journal of Peasant Studies, (2015) 42(2): 295-321.
  • ‘Wal-Mart’s Power Trajectory: A Contribution to the Political Economy of the Firm’, Review of Capital as Power, 2014, 1(1), pp. 79-109.
  • ‘Encumbered Behemoth: Wal-Mart, Differential Accumulation and International Retail Restructuring’, in K. Van der Pijl (ed.), The International Political Economy of Production, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2015, pp. 150-166
  • ‘The Ethanol Boom and Distributional Coalitions in US Agribusiness: Beyond “Capital in General”’, with David Ravensbergen, in T. DiMuzio & J.S. Ovadia (eds), 2016. Energy, Capitalism and World Order, London: Routledge, pp.145-163.
  • 'Accumulating through Food Crisis: Farmers, Traders and the Distributional Politics of Financialization', Review of International Political Economy, (2017) 24(3): 497-537

Joseph's teaching principally focusses on the political economy of energy, the environment, and global economic governance. 

Expertise and public engagement
  • Financial regulation
  • Agricultural policy
  • Energy markets
  • Global commodity chains
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