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Professor of Political Economy, University of Sheffield

Andrew Baker is Professor of Political Political Economy and joined the University of Sheffield as Professor in September 2016.

Prior to this, Andrew spent 17 years at Queen’s University Belfast where he was Reader in Political Economy (from 2011), and Director of Research (from January 2015) in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy. He was also co-founder of the University’s pioneer interdisciplinary research programme on Risk and Inequality. From 2010-2015 he served as the senior managing editor of the Political Studies Association Journal, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations (BJPR). In this capacity he was a member of the PSA’s publication sub –committee from 2009-2015.

From 1995-1998, Andrew was a research officer in the School of Public Policy, Economics and Law, University of Ulster, where he also undertook his doctoral research under the supervision of Colin Thain, obtaining his DPhil in May 2000. He has held visiting positions in the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School, Autumn 2011, and at the centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University Brisbane , Spring/ Summer 2014. He was also an Honorary SPERI Fellow University of Sheffield from 2012-2016, and is an Associate of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick.

He works in the broad field of International Political Economy. His interests include the politics of economic ideas and knowledge, the political economy of change following financial and economic crises, the politics of macroeconomic policy and financial governance, financial sector power, alternative forms of financial and monetary organization, NGO campaigning on these issues, and the future of the global financial and monetary system. He is the author of over 40 journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of international and comparative economic governance, and two books – The Group of Seven and Governing Financial Globalization.

He is currently working on a project on the political economy of macroprudential regulation, including finishing a book manuscript – Stabilizing the System? New Macroprudential Political Economy in the Twenty First Century. He is also involved in a funded INET project on central banking networks at Jackson Hole.


  • –present
    Reader in Political Economy, Queen's University Belfast