Dr Nicholas Jepson

Hallsworth Research Fellow

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I joined GDI in 2016 as a lecturer in globalisation and political economy. I have previously taught at the universities of Leeds and Bristol.

My research to date has centred on the implications of the rise of China for the rest of the global South, particularly Chinese-led shifts in global commodity markets and their impact on development space and state-society relations in natural resource exporting countries. I am currently working on a book manuscript (under contract with Columbia University Press) in this area.

Theoretically I am interested in long-term historical conceptions of capitalism and how these can contribute to the understanding of contemporary processes of development at both global and national scales. Along these lines I am involved in research on 'transformation analysis' which seeks to identify patterns and causes in the temporal sequencing of socio-economic change. I also have an interest in comparative/historical methods (including Qualitative Comparative Analysis).

In addition to the UK I studied in the US, Germany, India and Argentina and have conducted fieldwork in Ecuador, Zambia, Jamaica and South Africa.  


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

2009- MA Global Studies- University of Freiburg (Germany)

2003- BA (hons) 1st class, Comparative American Studies- University of Warwick (UK)

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