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Dr Anja Shortland

anja-shortland-240x320Reader in Political Economy

Postal Address

Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
Strand Campus
Bush House (North East Wing)
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG



Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 7274

Room number: 7.09 Bush House (North East Wing)

Office Hours:  

Wednesdays: 13:00 - 14:00
Thursdays: 10:00 - 11:00

Please note, Anja's office hours week commencing 10th December will be Wednesday 16.00 - 17.00 and Thursday 10.00 - 11.00.


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) 

Selected Publications

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

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