Meet the Board

The Critical Political Economy research network is run by a board of five people. This board is supported by an international advisory board made up of a number of leading academics who broadly fall within the network’s remit of interest. Take a moment to meet the new board (as of August 2017) below.

Angela Wigger, Chair of CPERN:

I am a lecturer at the University of Raboud (Netherlands).angela_wigger

My research focuses on analysing the global economic crisis, crisis responses and power configurations with respect to political resistance. The issue of debt and overindebtedness, and how the crisis of debt is (de)politicized constitutes a focal point.

I specialise in the transnational political economy of the EU – with a special focus on competition regulation and financialisation processes from a critical (historical materialist) perspective. I am – amongst others – the author of the book The Politics of European Competition Regulation. A Critical Political Economy Perspective, co-authored by H. Buch-Hansen (2011, New York: Routledge/RIPE Series in Global Political Economy).

Anne Engelhardt, Treasurer: Anne CPERN profile

I am an associated PhD fellow at the University of Kassel (Germany).

My current work focuses on labour struggles and social movements especially on ‘chokepoints’ i.e. ports and airports in Portugal and Brazil. I am interested in how casualisation can be fought in logistics, which is a sector where competition forces companies to lower the wages and push out unions at the same time. I also examine why and how in this sector Social Movement Unionism is often a common characteristic i.e. union activity is not limited to the company or bargaining, but also involves struggles around housing, migration and other issues.

I did my MA thesis in political science at the University of Kassel, considering Authoritarian Statism and anti-austerity movements in Portugal, in the recent period. Before, I studied in Potsdam University and finished my B.A. in Sociology and Political Administration. While lots of social movement studies in the recent period were looking on social movements and labour struggles in a way which took them out of the social and economic relations in which they appear, Critical Political Economy often focusses only on these relations without considering social unrest, or even only put them somewhere in the context. My attempt and those of my fellow colleagues in Kassel is to develop a materialist social movement theory that understands social movements and labour struggles and their histories as a vantage point to gain a deeper understanding about the current capitalist society and the states and regions in which they appear.

I am politically involved in communal, feminist and critical educational groups and activities.

Caroline Metz, Communications officer:

I am an ESRC PhD Candidate at the University of Manchester (UK).

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In my research, I look at the rehabilitation of the asset-securitisation market in Europe, from its near-collapse during the financial crisis to the present day and its endorsement by European institutions. I focus on the political processes that underpin European financial practises and regulation, especially those related to current efforts to revive the securitisation market as part of the EU’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) project. My research also aims to shed light on securitisation as the commodification of debt and as the basis for further financialisation.

I am interested in international political economy, banking, finance and debt, but also in intersectional feminist approaches. I am a Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester and at Manchester Business School, and an associate doctoral research at the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium.

David Bailey, Network liaison officerbailey CERPN photo

I am a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Birmingham. My research and teaching focus on left parties, protest movements, political economy, and the relationship between each of these, especially within the European context.

I did my PhD at LSE, on how social democratic parties have used their proclamations about “Social Europe” to cover up the vacuity of their political programme since the third way turn. Since then I’ve been a lecturer at Universities in Liverpool, Limerick, Aston and (since 2007) Birmingham, where I have focused more on understanding and hoping for different challenges to capitalism.

I have recently published a co-authored book with Monica Clua-Losada, Nikolai Huke and Olatz Ribera-Almandoz, titled Beyond Defeat and Austerity: Disrupting (the Critical Political Economy of) Neoliberal Europe. I also have a new book recently published titled, Protest Movements and Parties of the Left: Affirming Disruption

The international advisory board is composed of:

Mònica Clua-Losada (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA), Bastiaan van Apeldoorn (VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Dorothee Bohle (Central European University, Hungary), Ian Bruff (University of Manchester, UK), Jan Drahokoupil (University of Mannheim, Germany), Eva Hartmann (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark), Laura Horn (Roskilde University, Denmark), Martijn Konings (University of Sydney, Australia), Magnus Ryner (King’s College London, UK), and Susanne Soederberg (Queen’s University, Canada).

Go to ‘Getting Involved‘ to see how you can join our growing community of academics and activists in the study and practice of critical political economy.