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Economics research

History Department icon The connecting themes of our current research activity are:

The political economy approach highlights the role of effective demand, institutions and social conflict in economic analysis and thereby builds on Austrian, Institutionalist, Keynesian and Marxist traditions.

Economic processes are perceived to be embedded in social relations that must be analysed in the context of historical considerations, power relations and social norms. As a consequence, a broad range of methodological approaches is employed, and cooperation with other disciplines, including history, law, sociology and other social sciences, is necessary.

Research areas:


  • The crisis 2007-? and its origins
  • Foundations, traditions, and controversies in political economy
  • Capitalism, labour relations, and institutions
  • Political economy of financialisation and corporate governance
  • Capital accumulation, income distribution, effective demand and employment
  • Socialism: planning, justice and policy

Research degrees programme

Economics Department iconOur doctoral (PhD) programme is intended for students who already have a postgraduate qualification, such as MA or MSc. We also offer an opportunity for MA or MSc by research, which might be used as the basis for proceeding to a doctoral programme.

The aim of our research degree programme is to offer opportunities for students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of economics and to develop their research skills - both generic research skills and also competence within the methodologies that are typical of research in economics.

Our research students are given personal supervision and advice by a team of, normally, two members of staff and may attend modules within our taught courses to support their personal development and training plans. Attendance at our staff research seminars is an opportunity to become familiar with research in progress throughout the School of Economics and to observe more experienced presenters, including visiting researchers. Research students present their own work in progress at our research students conferences.

Please then submit your proposal and CV to the Research Administrator (tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2304)

Kingston University Economics Discussion Papers are reports on research in progress, authored and peer-reviewed by members, associates and visitors of the Department of Economics. The series features contributions in several areas of economics, including but not limited to Mathematical and Quantitative Methods; International Economics; Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics, Financial Economics, Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth; Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology; Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Microeconomics; Labor and Demographic Economics; Health, Education, and Welfare; Public Economics.

For comments, information or submitting your manuscript please write to Andrea Ingianni.

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