I am an ESRC Ph.D. Candidate and Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ).
During the period of my fieldwork I was also a visiting PhD researcher at the University of Athens (April and May 2015), and the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra (June and July 2015).
My general expertise are in the areas of International and Comparative Political Economy, focusing particularly on the regional political economy of Europe.
I have specific expertise in the following areas:
- Comparative Political Economy;
- International Political Economy;
- Theories of Critical Political Economy;
- European Integration;
- Southern Europe, particularly Greece and Portugal.
I have taught on a range of modules, at both the University of Nottingham, and De Montfort University:
University of Nottingham:
- M11155 - Understanding Global Politics (IR);
- M12089 - International Political Economy and Global Development;
- M14150 - Philosophy of Social Science.
De Montfort University:
- POPP1104 - Introduction to Contemporary International Relations;
- POPP3405 - Globalisation and Democracy (IPE).
My research project seeks to compare and explain the changes that are occurring to Greece and Portugal's political economies throughout the eurozone crisis as they are subjected to structural… read more
My research project seeks to compare and explain the changes that are occurring to Greece and Portugal's political economies throughout the eurozone crisis as they are subjected to structural adjustment programmes in return for financial assistance.
Whilst individual case studies, the experience of Greece and Portugal will be related to the wider dynamics of Europe's political economy, focusing on processes of neoliberalisation which have primarily occurred since the renewed supranational integration of the 1980s, and the inception of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).
In part, both national political economies were deemed to be success stories when focusing on convergence dynamics in their models of capitalism. This brought them close to the 'core' states in terms of corporate governance, industrial relations, and the role of the state. However, the eurozone crisis has re-energised discussion surrounding the 'peripheral' nature, and continued divergence, of these states in such areas and the manner in which this has inhibited the potential for sustainable growth and social cohesion across the single currency area. The political economic restructuring taking place therefore generates the need to ask why these strategies are being employed throughout the crisis.
This research will therefore provide a detailed understanding of whether a new direction in Europe's political economy is emerging, or whether the cases of Greece and Portugal, for all their historical specificity, demonstrate a restoration of dynamics which have a clear lineage in the historical development of the European Union, particularly the eurozone.