Reader in Political Economy
Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
Bush House (North East Wing)
London WC2B 4BG
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 7274
Room number: 7.06 Bush House (North East Wing)
*By appointment during the summer term
Wednesdays: 11.00-12.00 in weeks 21, 23, 25, 28
Thursdays: 14.00-15.00 every week
Fridays: 14.00-15.00 in weeks 22, 24, 27, 29
Dr Anja Shortland is Reader in Political Economy. She is also the Research Group leader for Political Economy of Peace and Security. Her current research projects are in peace science and the economics of crime. Although often based on data analysis, her work usually cuts across disciplinary boundaries adopting techniques and insights from sociology, engineering, geography, politics, international relations and economics.
Anja was an Engineering and Economics undergraduate at Oxford and then did her Masters and PhD in International Relations at the LSE. Before coming to King's she worked as a lecturer in Economics at Leicester, a Reader in Economics at Brunel University and as a consultant to the World Bank.
Anja's research broadly falls into three categories: 1) the economics of crime, 2) informal governance, and 3) civil conflict. She is currently working on the topic of kidnap for ransom, examining who kidnaps and why, how ransoms are negotiated and kidnaps resolved and who provides the governance for this tricky market. She has published widely on the issue of maritime piracy and co-authored the 2013 World Bank Policy Report: "The Pirates of Somalia: Ending the Threat; Rebuilding a Nation."
Anja welcomes PhD applications in the fields of the economics of crime, informal governance and peace science, including from professionals with experience in these areas.
- Quantitative Research Methods (Year 1)
- Peace Science (Year 3)
Shortland, A. (2016) Governing Kidnap for ransom: Lloyd’s as a private regime. Governance doi:10.1111/gove.12255
Baumann, M., Butsic, V, Kuemmerle T., Shortland A and Walker S. (2015) Conservation and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo: the impacts of warfare, mining, and protected areas on deforestation; Biological Conservation Vol 191 pp 266-273
Shortland A and Varese F. (2015) 'State-building, Informal Governance and Organized Crime: the case of Somali Piracy; Political Studies doi: 10.1111/1467-9248.12227
Shortland A and Varese F. (2014) The Protector’s Choice: An Application of Protection Theory to Somali Piracy,British Journal of Criminology. Vol 54 no 5, pp741–764
Shortland, A., Makatsoris, H and Christopoulou, K. (2013): War and Famine, Peace and Light? The Economic Dynamics of Conflict in Somalia, Journal of Peace Research vol. 50 no. 5 545-561
Percy S. and Shortland, A. (2013): The Business of Piracy in Somalia, Journal of Strategic Studies
Shortland, A. and Percy S. (2013): Governance, Naval Intervention and Piracy in Somalia, Peace Economics, Peace Studies and Public Policy
Percy S. and Shortland, A. (2013): Five Obstacles to Ending Somali Piracy, Global Policy Vol 4 Issue 1 pp 65-72
Fielding, D. and Shortland, A. (2012): The Dynamics of Terror During the Peruvian Civil War, Journal of Peace Research Volume 49 Issue 6 November 2012 pp. 847 - 862.
Fielding, D. and Shortland, A. (2010): “An Eye for an Eye, a Tooth for a Tooth” - Violence and Counter-insurgency in Egypt, Journal of Peace Research Vol 47, Issue 4 pp 433-447