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International Political Economy

International Political Economy (IPE) is an interdisciplinary field of enquiry that examines the complex interplay of the ‘political’ and the ‘economic’ in order to understand the (re)production of power, wealth and inequality in the changing global order.

The IPE group brings together a wide range of existing expertise in the Department of Political Science in order to develop research and teaching activities, as well as contributing to public engagement on questions of political economy within Danish society.

Research in IPE includes questions of trade, finance and regulation; development assistance and sustainable development; hegemony, inequality and North-South relations; the role of international corporations in the global economy; the role of economic ideas in national and supranational policy making; and globalisation as political-economic phenomenon.

Members of the IPE group play central roles in two externally-funded research projects on EuroChallenge: Europe and New Global Challenges and Symbols and Myths in European Integration. As well as regular research seminars, guest speakers and visiting scholars, the IPE group is also one of the founding hubs of the highly active IPE Øresund network (Google or Facebook).

Recent conferences co-organised by the IPE group and the IPE Øresund Network include ‘Methodologies of the everyday in IPE’ (May 2012); ‘Beyond States and Markets; the social roots of the global political economy’ (November 2013); ‘thematic workshop on International Political Economy’ (October 2014); and ‘Gender Incorporated! A workshop on corporate power and gender’ (December 2014).


Current members of the group and their research activities include:

Professor Ben Rosamond -  Ben works at the interface of international political economy and European Union Studies, focusing in particular on theories of European Integration and regional integration and the role of ideas about the economy within the processes of European integration and EU governance.

Associate Professor Jens Ladefoged Mortensen – Jens conducts research on International Political Economy and EU integration, the EU's institutional competitive power in the global economy, it's influence and control of economic globalisation, and the EU's trade policies.

Professor Ian Manners - Ian is currently working on a project studying the importance of myths and symbols in European integration focusing on four main areas: green Europe, social Europe, economic Europe and global Europe. Amongst his other research areas are EU's role as a normative power in global politics.

Professor Jette Steen Knudsen  - Jette’s research interests lie primarily in the field of comparative political economy. She is particularly interested in the interface between government regulation and individual company sustainability / Corporate Social Responsibility activities.

Assistant Professor Holly Snaith - Holly's principal research interests lie at the nexus between constructivist political economy and EU governance, particularly of macroeconomic policies. She is mainly concerned with the historiographic and theoretical backdrop to economic integration. 

Assistant Professor Joelle Dumouchel – Joelle’s research is on Regulating International Finance: the Genesis and Transformation of Central Banking Practices. She is part of the EuroChallenge team of researchers working on The European Market Space and the New Global Economy: Constructions, Paradigms and Policies with Professor Ben Rosamond.

Post-Doctoral Researcher Aki Tonami - Aki’s research interests are in the environmental aid of Japan and other East Asian countries, and the arctic policy of Japan and other East Asian countries.

PhD Fellow Christine Søby - Christine works at the interface of International Political Economy, EU Studies and International Relations. Her research focuses on how the EU's view on the changing international economic order and its role therein can be studied through a focus on the development of the EU's discourse in multilateral sustainable development governance.

PhD Fellow Rune Møller Stahl - Rune’s primary research areas include the economic history of ideas; political economy; economic regulation; philosophy of science; and heterodox economic theory.

PhD Fellow Rolf Thuneberg Jørgensen - Rolf’s research examines the EU’s regulation of financial markets in the aftermath of the financial crisis, with special focus on how shifting economic ideas can define the range of policy outcomes and be used strategically by political actors.

PhD Fellow Tomas Skov Lauridsen – Tomas conducts research that is centred around the interplay between globalisation and finance, with a focus on the Chinese financial system in general and banking in particular.

PhD Fellow Andreas Christian Møller Mulvad - Andreas conducts research on capitalism and democracy in China’s republican century (1911-present), with a focus on the two pivotal issues of regime legitimacy and social polarisation in China’s merging ‘variety of capitalism’.

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