Dr Stuart Shields

Senior Lecturer

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Stuart is interested in critical approaches to International Political Economy.  He completed his PhD on the transnational dimension of regime transformation in Eastern Central Europe at Aberystwyth's Department of International Politics, in February 2002, and joined Manchester in September 2003.  Stuart was founding secretary of the Critical Political Economy Research Network of the European Sociological Association until September 2007, and was the convenor of the BISA International Political Economy working group and together with Werner Bonefeld, Hugo Radice, and Greig Charnock set up the CSE Trans-Pennine Working Group. Stuart has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Wroclaw, Poland, and the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Stuart's book The International Political Economy of Transition, was shortlisted for the 2013 BISA IPEG book prize, and his 2013 article about populism in Poland in Third World Quarterly was nominated for the biennial Aquila Polonica Prize, for the best English-language article published during the previous two years on any aspect of Polish studies.

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PhD supervision:

I am happy to supervise PhD students in the broad areas of: International Political Economy, Eastern European studies, EU enlargement, post-communist transitions, globalisation, and global governance.

I'm particularly interested in PhDs that explore regional development banks, neoliberal populism, and critical IPE. If you'd like to discuss research proposals please get in touch by email. 


Current PhD students:

  • Franco Galdini The IPE of the Soviet Union.

  • Esra Nartok The relationship between religion and politics under neoliberalism: Comparing India and Turkey, a Gramscian perspective.

  • Muhammad Rakhmat The Sino-GCC Relations: Examining the Implications of the Silk Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

  • Andrei Pantu The New Extreme Right Discourse in Romania: 2007-2017.

  • Ilias Alami Post-crisis capital account policies in emerging capitalisms: regaining policy space? A comparison between Brazil and South Africa.

  • Nash Tunku Intergovernmental Relations and Local Governance: Malaysia between Decentralization and Recentralization.

  • Jon las Heras European Industrial Relations and National Trade Unions in the Spanish Automotive Industry.

  • Fadil Ersozer The limits to Europeanization: Economic liberalization in Cyprus.


Completed PhD students

  • Dr. Jackie Gomez-Mendez (2015) Argentina’s post democratic transition labour market reforms.  Jackie teaches at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.

  • Dr Tomas Maltby (2014) The influence of new member states on EU foreign policy in the sphere of energy security. Tom is currently Lecturer in International Politics at King’s College, London.

  • Dr. Simon Orth (2012) Promoting Normative Power Europe: A Critical Assessment of the European Union’s Externalisation of Justice and Home Affairs.

  • Dr. Bilge Azgin (2012) Democratic transition and consolidation in Contemporary Turkey. Bilge is an Associate Professor at Near East University, Nicosia.

  • Dr George Kyris (2011) Europeanisation, EU Enlargement and the Future of the Turkish-Cypriot Community’. George is Lecturer in European and International Politics at University of Birmingham.

  • Dr Khaulath Mohammed (2009) Globalization and democratization:  the case of the Maldives. Dr Mohammed died in 2012.

  • Dr Huw Macartney (2008) The Single Securities Market: A Transnational Financial Elite Project. Huw is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Birmingham.

  • Dr Denis Murphy (2007) Between the State and the International: A Critical Realist analysis of US Decline.


In recent years my teaching has focused on the following areas


  • POLI20511 The Politics of Globalization
  • POLI30721 International Political Economy


  • POLI70311 Critical Approaches to International Political Economy

Areas of expertise

  • JZ International relations - Post-communist transition, International Political Economy, Critical International Theory, Regional development banks, populism

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