Dr Nicholas Jepson

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

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I joined GDI in 2016 as a lecturer in globalisation and political economy before taking up my current fellowship in 2019. I previously taught at the universities of Leeds and Bristol.

I study the political-economic implications of the rise of China for the rest of the world.

My recent book In China's Wake (Columbia UP) examines how China-driven transformation of global commodity markets has affected state-society relations and created new spaces for development in natural resource exporting countries.

My current project focuses on China's growing role as a financier of development projects across the world via the Belt and Road Initiative. I look at what happens when governments struggle to repay their debts to China- and how China's emergence as a major creditor is changing and challenging systems of global financial governance. I will be starting a Leverhulme ECR fellowship in late 2020 which will continue to explore these areas.

I am interested in global-historical theories of capitalism and how these can help us understand contemporary processes of development at both national and global scales. I also have an interest in comparative/historical methods (including Qualitative Comparative Analysis).

I am leader of the Working Group on Financial Investments, Services and Speculation for CHERN (China in Europe Research Network), funded by the EU's Cooperation in Science and Technology Association (COST).

I have fieldwork experience in Ecuador, Zambia, Jamaica and South Africa and have been a visiting scholar at the universities of California at Santa Barbara and Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to the UK (Warwick, Bristol) I studied in Germany (Freiburg), India (JNU), South Africa (UKZN) and Argentina (UBA).

 

Read my newsletter on China's Belt and Road Initiative here: bri.substack.com

Qualifications

2015- PhD Global Political Economy- University of Bristol (UK)

 

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