Robyn Klingler-Vidra

Senior Lecturer in Political Economy, King's College London

Dr Robyn Klingler-Vidra is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy in the Department of International Development at King's College London. She was the Head of Policy Research at the Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University from 2013-2016. Her research focus is on innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital policy in East Asia. She is the author of The Venture Capital State: The Silicon Valley Model in East Asia (published by Cornell University Press in 2018).

Before returning to academia, she spent eight years in the financial sector, working as a financial institutions' liability underwriter, a research manager at an expert network firm and an investor relations manager at a hedge fund. Her public sector experience includes internships with the Economic Section of the US State Department Foreign Service and in the Westminster office of a UK Member of Parliament.

Robyn led the World Economic Forum’s annual UK Executive Opinion Survey on global competitiveness from 2009 to 2018 and since 2011, has been Senior Programme Adviser for LSE Enterprise, where she designs and delivers courses on capital markets, political economy, economic competitiveness and innovation.

She obtained her BA in Political Science at the University of Michigan and her MSc and PhD in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Political Economy, King's College London


  • 2014 
    London School of Economics & Political Science, PhD