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Professor Nicola Phillips

Nicola - favouriteProfessor of Political Economy; Vice-President and Vice-Principal (Education)

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Room 5.31, James Clerk Maxwell Building

57 Waterloo Road

London  SE1 8WA


Telephone: 020 7848 1743



Nicola Phillips joined the Department of Political Economy in October 2017 as a Professor of Political Economy, and is the Vice-President and Vice-Principal (Education).

After graduating from King’s with an undergraduate degree in Hispanic Studies and completing an MSc in Comparative Government and a PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Nicola has held posts at the Universities of Warwick, Manchester and most recently Sheffield, where she was the Head of the Department of Politics between 2014 and 2017. She has held visiting positions and fellowships at a range of institutions, including the Australian National University, the University of British Columbia and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Nicola was the Chair of the British International Studies Association (BISA) in 2015-2016, and a member of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) sub-panel for Politics and International Studies. She has been an editor of both the Review of International Political Economy and New Political Economy, serving as the latter’s Editor-in-Chief between 2004 and 2010. She is a member of the editorial and advisory boards of several journals and book series, including Review of International Studies, International Affairs, and the Cambridge Studies in International Relations series.

Nicola received the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 2016. She was the 2018 recipient of the International Studies Association’s J. Ann Tickner prize, which is awarded annually to ‘someone who, in Tickner’s footsteps, consistently combines bravery in pursuing high-quality, pioneering scholarship that pushes the boundaries of the discipline with a deep commitment to service, especially teaching and mentoring’.




Nicola’s research and teaching interests fall into the field of global political economy, with a particular focus on global economic governance, inequality and global development, labour in global production, and migration and development. Between 2010 and 2013, she held a Major Research Fellowship from The Leverhulme Trust for research on forced labour and human trafficking for labour exploitation in the global economy, and she is a collaborator in the ERC-funded Prospects for International Migration Governance (MIGPROSP) project.

Selected recent publications

Matthew Alford and Nicola Phillips (2018), ‘The Political Economy of State Governance in Global Production Networks: Change, Crisis and Contestation in the South African Fruit Sector’, Review of International Political Economy, 25:1, pp. 98-121; DOI: 10.1080/09692290.2017.1423367, 28 January.

Genevieve LeBaron and Nicola Phillips (2018), ‘States and the Political Economy of Unfree Labour’, New Political Economy, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2017.1420642, 11 January, pp. 1-21.

Nicola Phillips, ‘Power and Inequality in the Global Political Economy’, International Affairs, DOI: 10.1093/ia/iix019, 15 February 2017, pp. 1-16.

Frederick W. Mayer and Nicola Phillips, ‘Outsourcing Governance: States and the Politics of a “Global Value Chain World”’, New Political Economy, DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2016.1273341, 4 January 2017, pp. 1-19.

Nicola Phillips, ‘Globalization and Development’, in John Ravenhill (ed.), Global Political Economy, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 356-86.

Nicola Phillips, ‘Global Political Economy’, in John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens (eds), The Globalization of World Politics, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 253-68.

Frederick W. Mayer, Nicola Phillips and Anne Posthuma (eds), ‘The Political Economy of Governance in a “Global Value Chain World”’, symposium in New Political Economy,  22:2, 2017.

Nicola Phillips, ‘Labour in Global Production: Reflections on Coxian Insights in a World of Global Value Chains’, Globalizations, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2016.1138608, 5 February 2016.

Anthony Payne and Nicola Phillips (eds), The Handbook of the International Political Economy of Governance, Edward Elgar, 2014, viii + 492pp.

Nicola Phillips and Fabiola Mieres, ‘The Governance of Forced Labour in the Global Economy’, Globalizations, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2014.932507, 2014, pp. 1-17.

Nicola Phillips, ‘Adverse Incorporation and Unfree Labour in the Global Economy: Comparative Perspectives from Brazil and India’, Economy and Society, 42:2, 2013, pp. 171-96.

Stephanie Barrientos, Uma Kothari and Nicola Phillips (eds), ‘Dynamics of Unfree Labour in the Contemporary Global Economy’, Journal of Development Studies, 49:8, 2013.

Nicola Phillips (ed.), Migration in the Global Political Economy, Lynne Rienner, International Political Economy Yearbook series, 2011, vi + 338pp.

Nicola Phillips, ‘Informality, Global Production Networks and the Dynamics of “Adverse Incorporation”’, Global Networks 11:3, 2011, pp. 380-97.

Anthony Payne and Nicola Phillips, Development, Polity Press, 2010, viii + 211pp.

Nicola Phillips and Catherine E. Weaver (eds), International Political Economy: Debating the Past, Present and Future, Routledge, 2010, x + 261pp.

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