Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

Thomas Marois works in the fields of comparative political economy and finance for development. His case study focus is on middle income or emerging capitalisms, with particular expertise on Mexico and Turkey. The social relationships of power between states, banks, capital, and labour are central aspects of inquiry therein. More and more, Thomas is interested in examining contemporary examples of alternative banking and development strategies, which he sees as vital to breaking with neoliberalism.

He is the author of the book States, Banks and Crisis: Emerging Finance Capitalism in Mexico and Turkey and co-editor of Polarizing Development: Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis. Thomas has written articles for such top-ranked journals as The Journal of Peasant Studies, Environment and Planning, and Review of International Political Economy. He is an active member of the Municipal Services Project (, a global network of researchers investigating public alternatives to privatisation and commercialisation. In addition to his academic posts, Thomas has worked in the NGO, private, and public sectors in Canada and Latin America. Thomas completed his PhD in the Department of Political Science, York University, Canada.


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    Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, SOAS University of London