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Why King's Political Economy?

King’s Political Economy offers a unique interdisciplinary setting in which to undertake your studies. Our staff are committed to exploring the links between political and economic processes and to sharing their enthusiasm for this enterprise with students and the wider world of public affairs through a friendly and inclusive approach. Housed on the Strand Campus our central London location offers easy access to the full range of facilities and experiences both inside and outside the world of politics and economics, across this major world city.

King’s has made a significant investment in the Department of Political Economy since its founding in 2010. We now have a faculty of forty five academics and have witnessed one of the biggest expansions of any social science related department in the United Kingdom. If you come to King’s Political Economy you will be joining an expanding and dynamic community of scholars and students alike.

Our teaching draws on world class research. In the latest Research Excellence Framework the Politics and International Studies unit at King’s, of which the Department of Political Economy is a part was rated first on the critical ‘research power’ ranking.  Political Economy faculty specialise in micro and macro- economic policy, British politics, political behaviour, behavioural economics, political theory, comparative politics, trade and development, economic history, environmental protection, peace and security, distributive justice, regulation, governance, and public policy. To learn about our research see our specialist research groups here.

The department has superb links to the world of public affairs and policy with regular collaborations involving think-tanks and policy institutes from across the political/ideological spectrum. We work with the King’s Policy Institute to broker partnerships between academia and the policy-making community in the UK and internationally. To maintain and develop these links we have created key appointments with distinguished individuals from politics, government and business, acting as visiting scholars. These include Professor Yanis Varoufakis the former finance minister of Greece, Lord Andrew Adonis a key member of Tony Blair’s administration, Lord David Willetts a leading member of the coalition government between 2010 and 2015, and Sir Simon Robertson the former chairman of Rolls Royce.

The research and policy related activities of our faculty are matched by those of our students. There are three student societies supported by the department, and these engage in a lively programme of events and publications: See here.

We recognise that studying at university is part of a broader career journey and to this end offer a wide program of careers related activities to help our students into the world of work. Our study abroad program draws on the department’s reputation with leading universities across the world and provides an excellent opportunity for personal and career development: See here.

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