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Dr Maria Gavris

Dr Maria Gavris

Contact details

Email: Maria dot Gavris at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel.: TBC
Room: R3.15 (Ramphal Building)

Office hours:

My office hours in term 3 are 11-12 on Wednesdays and 3-4 on Thursdays. Please email me in advance to set up a meeting.

Assistant Professor

Widening Participation Lead


I am a political economist, with a particular interest in the macroeconomic and governance aspects of sustainable development. I hold a Joint Honours undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics and a PhD in Economics (both from the University of Leeds). Prior to joining the School for Cross-Faculty Studies in September 2020, I worked as a Research Fellow in the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick Business School. Before that, I was a Research Associate at the Centre for Decent Work at the University of Sheffield.


GD104 Economic Principles of Global Sustainable Development

GD107: Global Sustainable Development Project

GD216: Good Governance and Sustainable Development (module convenor)

GD306: Achieving Sustainability: Potentials and Barriers (module convenor)

I have extensive experience in designing and delivering interdisciplinary teaching across the social sciences, covering a variety of topics in sustainable development: macroeconomics for development; the role of institutions in development; global governance; Karl Polanyi on the ‘double movement’ and social and ecological transformation; the European Social Model as an attempt to reconcile economic growth with social justice; politics and policies in the neoliberal era; the sustainability of international monetary systems.


    My main research interests are in: good governance as a necessary pillar of sustainable development; macroeconomics and sustainable development; labour governance and decent work as a UN sustainable development goal; the sustainability of international monetary systems; theories of hegemony and power.

    My doctoral research was an interdisciplinary case study, which combined perspectives in comparative and international political economy (models of capitalism, theories of hegemony), modern history and employment relations to analyse the multifaceted power relations at the heart of the EU which currently inhibit good governance and call into question the sustainability of the European Economic and Monetary Union. An important aspect of my PhD concerned the rise in inequality and in-work poverty in the EU as a consequence of the supranational focus on export-led growth. This sparked my interest in labour governance and decent work, a theme I later explored in my research posts at Sheffield and Warwick Business School, working across disciplines, and in collaboration with the ILO's Governance and Tripartism Department. In my current research, I am exploring questions around what constitutes good governance and what macroeconomics for sustainability would look like.

    Recent publications

    Journal articles

    • Gavris, M. (2021), ‘Revisiting the fallacies in Hegemonic Stability Theory in light of the 2007-2008 crisis: the theory’s hollow conceptualization of hegemony’. Review of International Political Economy, vol. 28(3), pp. 739-60.
    • Gavris, M. and Heyes, J. (2021), 'Varieties of labour administration in Europe and the consequences of the Great Recession’. Economic and Industrial Democracy, vol. 42(4), pp. 1282-1304.
    • Bailey, D., Coffey, D., Gavris, M., Thornley, C. (2019) ‘Industrial policy, place and democracy’. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 12(3), pp. 327-45.

    Book chapters

    • Heyes, J., Rychly, L., Gavris, M., and Luz Vega, M. (2021) Introduction to The Governance of Labour Administration, in Heyes, J. and L. Rychly (eds.), The Governance of Labour Administration, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar and Geneva: ILO