We are the only dedicated Department of Political Economy in the UK. Situated within the broader Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, we see the understanding that Politics and Economics are inextricably linked as being central to fully comprehending public policy issues. Undertaking a PhD in Public Policy with us places you within a unique institution in which you will be part of a vibrant and growing set of world-leading scholars, who are committed to understanding the intertwining of politics and economics and applying those insights to solving local, national and global policy problems.
We have an open an inclusive research culture that encourages debate between the contesting theories, approaches and ideologies. Our vision of what political economy is lends itself to an interdisciplinary approach, and there is a wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches used across the department. This provides a stimulating environment for PhD research that fosters open-minded and critical scholarship.
Examples of current staff research projects
Gender & Politics in Eastern Europe: The substantive representation of women in Poland. Dr Anna Gwiazda is seeking to address the central question: To what extent do women representatives influence policy outputs promoting women’s interests?
Trusted and Transparent Voting Systems - Prof Amrita Dhillon. This project aims to explore applications of distributed ledger technologies (DLT) in domains involving voting and collective decision making. It investigates how the necessary security and transparency in designing such systems is impacted by the underlying design of any particular choice of DLT.
The Centre for the Study of Governance and Society, founded by a John Templeton Foundation award, examines how both formal and informal rules of governance operate and evolve, and how these rules facilitate or imperil peaceful, prosperous, and ecologically secure societies. It is run by Prof Mark Pennington but involves a number of other scholars both within DPE and beyond.
Examples of current PhD projects
The Mechanism, Extent and Effects of Fiscal Illusion Among UK Taxpayers
The Politics of Change in Thailand's Health System
Understanding bureaucratic cooperation and effectiveness under contexts of political instability
DPE works with a number of partner organisations both within KCL and outside, helping to bring together scholars interested in a particular theme. These include Inside King’s: Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Centre for Conflict Security and Development (CSD), the Social Care Workforce Research Unit (SCWRU), and the King's Centre for Risk Management (KCRM). Outside King’s: Centre for the Study of Science Policy at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Hong Kong University.