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Tim was on my interview panel, along with Andy Reeve as Chair of the Department, when I first applied for the role of Assistant UG Secretary in December 1999. I've come a long way since then in various roles, always in PAIS, and remember the years working alongside him when he was DUGS. I owe my career to Tim who must have seen something in me all those years ago. I still have and will forever cherish the small paperweight gift he bought me from New York of the Twin Towers! I can't quite believe he's no longer with us and I'll miss him terribly.

Jane Cooney

Tim was a great scholar and super generous in his interactions with peers and junior scholars. Certainly he helped me at a critical stage of my early career, giving a boost and direction when I didn’t have a clue. His scholarship is important to the field and the best mix of curiosity and rigour. Tim will be sorely missed. My sympathies and love to Nicole and Henry.

Len Seabrooke

Tim stayed with us when he first came to Warwick and I greatly enjoyed our conversations on a wide range of subjects. He was a highly valued colleague with a great sense of integrity. He put a lot of effort into developing his teaching skills.

Wyn Grant

More important than being a scholar, Tim was a true friend whom I could always count on for support in tough times. His loss is immeasurable.

Kathryn C Lavelle

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of Tim. Over the years he was always able to inject humour and humanity into the most mundane e-mails about Library stock. I’ll miss the laughter and erudition. With very best wishes to his family!

Christine Bradford

Tim was my personal tutor over a decade ago when I was an MA student at PAIS. He was very funny, supportive and kind at a time that was very stressful for me. It's really meaningful to help people at this stage of their life. I hadn't spoken to Tim in many, many years, but I will never forget how he supported me as a student. I imagine many of his students across his decades of teaching feel the same way.

Jessica Underwood

I had the great pleasure to work with and get to know Tim when was a PhD student at York University. Tim was one of the House Dons reporting to me as Residence Tutor. He had a wicked sense of humour and a brilliant mind. I know how excited he was when he got his appointment to Warwick. Unfortunately we lost touch over the years and it is with great sadness I learnt of his passing. I would like to extend my deepest and sincere sympathy to his family and colleagues.

H. Sean Squires, Residence Tutor Tatham Hall, York University Toronto, Canada 1987 - 1994

I've only just learned of Tim's death in an email from former members of PAIS. We overlapped in the department from his arrival in 1995 until the end of my "buy back" in 2008. He was always one of my favourite colleagues because he was enthusiastic and fun and interesting to talk to. I had always hoped to link up with him again, but, sadly, that will not happen now.

Lincoln Allison

I was very deeply saddened to learn of Tim's untimely passing. I offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences to Nicole and Henry and to Tim's wider family and friends. Many of the tributes to Tim mention his intellectual gifts, his sense of fun and humour, and his thoughtful and consistent personal and professional support. My memories of him are no different. Previous tributes also hint at Tim's scorn for many of the institutional structures and processes - at Warwick and elsewhere - that appear to inhibit rather than encourage the best of teaching and research. I share these, and Tim, Dave Baker and myself had many early morning corridor conversations on the topic - and on some of the individuals we thought most culpable! I first met Tim in the late 1990s after I joined the department on a temporary contract. I think it's fair to say that our friendship only blossomed after I bought my first Volvo some years later - which of course opened the flood gates to endless (mostly negative) comparisons with his beloved Saab. I always parked on the lowest deck of the multi-storey so I could get out fast; Tim always parked on the upper deck of the same car park to protect his paintwork! The last conversation I had with Tim was over email a few weeks before he passed. Typically, he offered help and support that cut through my particular problem by offering an instant solution to an obscure question I had about software. My most cherished memory of him, however, is from 17 years ago when he held my newly born daughter in his arms. I had a much bigger problem than software back then since my wife and I could not agree on a name for her. He solved that problem instantly too, by suggesting the name Rachel as a suitable pairing to our son's name, Samuel. It was not a name we had considered previously but of course it suits her perfectly. I can hear Rachel laughing in another room as I type this - and in that laughter Tim lives on in my heart.

Dom Kelly

Tim's presence was a defining feature of PAIS since I joined the department in 2005. He was on the interview panel when I applied for a teaching position, and I have a grateful memory of him asking me a softball question about my research when I was obviously floundering (even if I still managed to mess up the answer). On my first day in post, Tim then took me to one side and gave me some indispensable advice about the workings of the university. I won't repeat his words here, but anyone who ever heard Tim hold forth on the byzantine world of university processes will have a pretty good idea about what they might have been. Needless to say, this advice has been extremely handy over the years. Certainly more useful, say, than his thoughts on model aircraft, for which I have yet to find a practical application, although some part of me has still to recover from the experience of walking into his office for the first time and being confronted by the sight of shelves groaning under the weight of his collection. It was unapologetic, unique, and on the right side of eccentric. Just like Tim. There were many more moments like this in the years that followed - often involving Tim's sense of baffled indignation at the nonsense that surrounded him, but always filled with his wonderful quirky charm. Tim was a friend and a colleague. It makes no sense that he is no longer here.

Steven Kettell

My deep condolences to Nicole, Henry and Tim's larger family. Tim Sinclair was a lovely colleague and excellent scholar, and will be very much missed.

Maria Koinova

So very sorry to hear of Tim's passing. We were colleagues at Warwick 1999-2015 and otherwise crossed paths on the conference trail. My abiding memories are of uncompromising integrity, a firm sense of his own mind, frankness ever laced with humour, impatience with bureaucratic absurdities, generosity towards students, and warm personal friendships. As for academic legacy, future intellectual history should mark him out as a pioneer in the study of critical international political economy as well as private global governance, My condolences to PAIS and Tim's loved ones.

Jan Aart Scholte

It’s such a shock to learn that Tim has passed away. I first met Tim during the COST Action System risk, financial crisis and credit that he wrote with Oliver, and which he then withdrew from for the sake of his young family. It was always uplifting to meet him at conferences not least thanks to his dry humour but also because he was very supportive of my work. Only a couple of years ago he was my mentor for a COFUND Fellowship at Warwick. We met a few times for coffee until the pandemic hit, he told me about his early years in Kenilworth where he treaded many public footpaths, read my stuff, gave suggestions who to work with PAIS, invited me to York. I felt very honoured that he asked me to take part in his book workshop. He was such a generous, kind person with a great sense of humour and it feels absolutely wrong to be talking in the past tense about him. My sincere condolences to his family and the whole department for this untimely loss.

Nina Boy

I first met Tim when he wrote me a letter - on paper, back in the day when communicating with New Zealand had one month latency rather than milliseconds - asking for advice on where to pursue a PhD in North America. He took my advice to avoid my institution, and repaid the favor a few years later by introducing me to Randall Germain, who became first a friend and intellectual companion, and later a co-author. Much later we shared an enjoyable week in Korea as well as the usual academic back and forth over our work at conferences. Such a shock to lose him so early.

Herman Mark Schwartz

I am heartbroken that Tim has left us - way too soon. He was a dear colleague. My memories are of a warm-hearted man with a healthy scepticism about university bureaucracy. My thoughts are with all those who loved him, especially Nicole and Henry. Rest in peace, Tim.

Nicola Pratt

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Tim. As a PhD student, I relied quite extensively on his work on deficit discourse and fiscal rectitude, which I found extremely fascinating. I had the opportunity to meet him a couple of times during some seminars and conferences hosted by PAIS, and Tim confirmed my feeling that he was not only a tremendous scholar, but also a very kind and supportive person. I am sure he will be missed a lot! My best and most sincere wishes go to his family as well as colleagues and dear friends.

Iacopo Mugnai

I remember Tim as a graduate student in political science at York University (Toronto, Canada), where I am a member of the faculty. While Tim did not take classes from me, I got to know him socially through events in the department. He was a splendid fellow. Good-natured and convivial, he made friends easily. I always enjoyed conversing with him. Everyone did. His intelligence caught people's attention, but it was his quick wit and good humor that made him such excellent company. I lost touch with Tim over the years, something I very much regret. I am delighted to know that his academic career flourished and that he found an appreciative home at Warwick. He is gone far too soon. My sincere condolences to his family, his colleagues, and his many friends.

Stephen Newman

The Department of Politics and the Graduate Program in Political Science at York University extend their sincere condolences to Dr. Sinclair's family, friends, and colleagues.

Heather MacRae, PhD Director, Graduate Program in Political Science York University, Toronto and Karen Murray, PhD Chair, Department of Politics York University, Toronto

Tim was my personal tutor and one of the first academics that I met at Warwick when I started my masters degree in IPE in 1996. Tim was a lovely and supportive colleague who always had a friendly word to share and I will miss seeing him around the department very much.

Juanita Elias

I first met Tim when he graciously agreed to serve as a participant for a workshop on my current (co-authored) book project on credit ratings. He was incredibly generous and thoughtful with his comments and his enthusiasm about the project was contagious. He also followed up on an email chain providing various suggestions on directions we could take the manuscript and book presses we should contact. It's not often that one encounters such a thoughtful academic, who is willing to give his time and energy to support someone he barely knows. IPE will be much poorer without him.

Alison Johnston

Tim was my teacher, PhD supervisor, co-author and mentor. He converted me to IPE and shaped me into the scholar I am today. I will miss him very much and regret never having had the catch-up we had been talking about for so long. My thoughts and condolences go to his family, especially his son Henry, of whom Tim was immensely proud. They brought him so much happiness in life.

Lena Rethel

Tim was an incredibly warm and generous colleague and a wonderful scholar. He brightened up every meeting I was in with him, and he will be greatly missed. With condolences to all of Tim's family.

Chris Rogers

I heard Tim speak at one of my first ISA conferences; I believe he was still at York at the time, completing his PhD. The panels were, if I recall them correctly, on private authority structures in global economy and on benchmarking. I remember the intellectual excitement of the conference, the vibrancy of conversations in IPE in which Tim played a key role, the opening of new paths of inquiry through which the previously hidden authority was becoming not just visible but worthy of scholarly attention. Tim was a clear, captivating speaker at those panels (I can still visualize him and his presence) and his work - though on very different aspects of IPE than what I work on - would continue to influence me for years. We have never really met. I have been friends with Nicole for years. I loved the idea that these two wonderful people and brilliant scholars were together. I watched Henry grow through photos and saw Nicole's joy when we met at conferences. I am heartbroken for what Nicole and Henry have lost, and for all the mentoring and teaching and ideas that Warwick and IPE community will now miss with Tim's departure. Quite simply, he will be irreplaceable to so many.

Aida A. Hozic

Timothy Sinclair's work on the private influence of financial regulation had a special place in my dissertation working on finance in Eastern Europe. His work helped me realize the incredible amount of private advising that went into redrawing the financial regulatory landscape of post-communist countries and the extraordinary effort it required for Slovenia to resist it. I use his work in my IPE classes and advise students to look him up. My heart goes out to Nicole.

Dóra Piroska

I first met Tim in 2005, as a second-year undergraduate on his Introduction to International Relations module. He quickly became one of my favourite teachers and one of my first academic mentors. It’s because of Tim that I applied to do a PhD at Sheffield in IPE – and probably also partly due to him that I ended up there, as he wrote me a reference. I remember his immense generosity of spirit, spending hours talking to me, about politics, about Revell models, and about his beloved Saab – which by his account seemed to spend longer in the workshop than on the road. When I re-joined Warwick in 2016, this time as a colleague, whenever I met Tim conversation would also generously flow: he was never too busy for a chat. Tim wasn’t someone concerned with titles. For him, slow, meaningful scholarship was where it was at. I remember his academic advice was always imbued with a great sense of pride in being rigorous and critical. He was a great role model of what academics should strive for. His untimely passing is a tremendous loss for Warwick, the IPE community and me personally. I will sorely miss my friend and mentor.

Gabriel Siles-Brugge

While I only became better acquainted with Tim relatively recently, I already sorely miss him. I am a fan of people who are honest and sincere, as well as of people who are generous and kind. Tim was all these things as well as funny and smart. I am grateful that I came to know this of him and I will always remember his Monday morning rants with the warmth, humour and solidarity with which they were conveyed. Thanks Tim for these treasures of the heart and for all that I have learnt from you. <3

Vicki Squire

I began working with Tim on PG Admissions for PAIS in October - sharing a common bewilderment, and exasperation at times, at some of the vagaries of the Admissions and Scholarships systems! It was clear to me that the well-being and development of PAIS’ students was always a priority for Tim. I am sad that, as I have been working from home, all our interactions were mediated by technology and I didn’t have the chance for those informal corridor conversations and other opportunities to get to know him better... I would have loved to see Tim’s model aircraft collection! My thoughts are with all those who loved him, especially Nicole and Henry. Goodbye Tim. Rest in peace. Your legacy in PAIS is secure.

Judith McAllister

One of the things that I'll always remember about Tim, along with a clear mind and warm heart, was that he was a boy from small town that used to be somewhere - Taumarunui ("on the Main Trunk Line"). We shared a gleeful ambivalence about our roots, something that helped ground me when I felt far from home. He'll be sorely missed.

John Parkinson

Tim was a true intellectual pioneer, truly ahead of his time, with a unique ability to see straight through the looking glass and encourage his students to do so in mastering their own areas of interest, be them academic or personal, which he made you realise, often overlapped. In October 1996 I was a member of Tim’s newly established Global Information Economy course on MA International Political Economy, as he encouraged us to come to grips with him with the social, political and economic consequences likely to emerge from the Web, born just two years earlier, and transformation it would likely have on the world and all our lives. Tim was also my personal tutor and dissertation tutor that year. I loved the time I spent chatting with him weekly in his office in his open hours, as you came to see the way such conversations changed the way you saw the world, what it was that you should want out of it and more importantly, why. As he shared his own personal background and motivations to his credit rating agency work, you sensed its profound importance, as was brought into such sharp focus just over a decade later. It was a great honour to spend so much time talking with Tim on a wide variety of topics, both academic and personal. They left your own intellectual and personal perspectives on the world around transformed for the better. Certainly without Tim’s influence over that year I ‘d have never had the wherewithal to research, write, then re-write my own book, 56 - The story of the Bradford Fire, the research for which began a couple of years after my MA. My own regret is this was an aspect of my life I never shared with Tim in all our engaging and fun conversations and that now I will never have the chance knock on his office door when it’s all finally done and personally thank him for all he did, without even realising it. A true giant of a man, with the sharpest mind and wit, you were a great inspiration and guide to so many of your students and will be truly missed - Thank you.

Martin Fletcher

Tim had a great help when I applied my PhD. I was having a hard time and I wrote an email to him since he was in charge of something that I stuck on. I didn't give a hope since he doesn't know who I am at all. However, Tim replied my email and helped me without any questions or doubt. Now I'm doing PhD and I would never forget Tim. Thank you Tim. R. I. P

Yuhan Xiao

Dear Professor Sinclair, I will always cherish our discussions about IPE and the role of international markets, but above all, your kind advice and support while and after my time at Warwick. You have inspired me to follow my instinct in terms of professional career, where I now can put in practice in terms of international financial markets and the role of governments. I will be forever grateful to you. Rest In Peace.

Maria Eugenia Tsanis

I attended Professor Sinclair's Global Finance class in 2022. His lecture and seminar always attracted me with full of provoking insights into global financial politics. Not only did he show us history, but also was always brightly outlooking future development. I loved his humor with a big smile as well, which was sometimes related to my home country, Japan. He was really kind to give me some comments on my essay planning even during the vacation period. I miss him so much and will keep these memories in my mind forever.

Akash Mukerji

I still can't believe the devastating news about Tim. I can't believe that he's gone - he was so full of life and such a force of nature! It's an incredible shock. I knew him for almost 20 years and we talked and laughed about everything from the state of American politics, to the pros and cons of beards, to the relative merits of Airfix versus Tamiya model kits within his infamously extensive collection. I lost count of the number of times Tim would knock on my door to have a rant about something else ridiculous the university was doing. We shared a disdain for pointless bureaucracy and Tim was often a valuable ally in trying to combat 'bad ideas', such as the university's recent push for semesterisation. My heart goes out to Nicole and Henry who he talked so lovingly about over the last few years. It's a terrible loss, far too soon. Miss you Tim..

Trevor McCrisken

Tim was one of the main reasons why I decided to embark on an academic career. As a mentor – first during my MA and later as a PhD supervisor – he encouraged me to continue exploring the inner workings of global finance, a path that he helped pave through his ground-breaking research. Especially his constant question of ‘where is the politics?’ fundamentally changed how I thought about my work and still resonates with me. Tim will be dearly missed.

Johannes Petry

Tim was taught me during my IPE masters a decade ago. His seminars were informal and engaging - he would interweave historical explanations of the development of the world economy with personal anecdotes of his time working for the New Zealand Treasury, and lots of jokes! He was very kind and encouraging to me personally. I will remember him fondly. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Jack Copley

Tim taught me on the IPE Masters back in 2010-11, before I went on to join the Department as a PhD. His classes were always lively. We were in the midst of the aftermath of the financial crisis and he communicated the stakes to us with fervour and analytical clarity. At the end of the module he joined all the students as we sat on the balcony of the Dirty Duck for a drink, trying to enthuse us about Saabs and making us laugh - he was great at dramatic pauses. In the years after, he'd always be up for a chat in the corridors of PAIS and I was always grateful to bump into him. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

Nick Taylor

When I became PAIS Director of Student Experience and Progression in 2012 Tim was probably the colleague I worked most closely with that year as the then PAIS Director of Undergraduate Studies. He was always so supportive to me in what was a new and challenging role. Others have commented quite rightly on how Tim was a force of nature. He could certainly be direct. He always let me know when he disagreed with me or when he thought I had gone too far. You always knew where you stood with Tim. But Tim was also so compassionate and kind. I have multiple emails from Tim where he had supported students. Multiple emails where he had been really kind and supportive to me. He was also brilliant on our open days where he Chaired our Question Time panel on many occasions. I will really miss you Tim.

Justin Greaves

I first met Tim when I started at Warwick in 2009. Our very first conversation that year was in my first student-staff seminar. The seminar was on migration, but we ended up talking afterward about John Searle's philosophy and the implications it had on our understanding of money. I remember it so clearly, as Tim was not only kind and generous in the conversation, he was willing to listen and engage with such a junior member of staff. Tim had a way of making people feel welcomed and included, and putting people at ease in doing so. I have been lucky to know him throughout my academic career. He will be greatly missed in the department, as a colleague, a friend and a mentor.

Oz Hassan

RIP Tim, my thoughts are with Nicole and Henry, sending my condolences and love 🖤

Mònica Clua

Ever since I pursued an MA at PAIS, Tim was always around. Even though he was never my teacher in any formal sense, we had too many coffee meetings that year to not be influenced by him. I remember those days and our meetings quite vividly. Always engaging, challenging and fun. Over the years, he was -and always will be -and important part of my career. He had a unique sense of humor and a certain honesty that can make you laugh and cry at the same time. It is beyond my imagination that Tim shall not be around anymore. We had plans to see each other in November - but I guess we have to postpone and see each other somewhere else. Miss you Tim - always will. Rest In Peace my friend.

Oliver Kessler

Tim was friendly, spontaneous and compassionate. I will miss his large body frame, on his way in or out of his office (opposite to mine), passing my door, often with a slightly disillusioned smile to share. He had powerful thoughts about how a university had been one day, and possibly could become again, a public service. Rest in peace.

Philippe Blanchard

Tim's was a sharp, clear and incisive mind - his approach to finance built as much on his experience as a bureaucrat in this field (and he had many stories to tell about this time in New Zealand) as on the neo-Gramscian theoretical lens that he used to understand credit rating agencies. He was enthusiastic about this field of research and was able to explain and engage varied audiences about it. In response to my untutored questions, his explanations about the various aspects of the way in which these agencies wield power and perform it were clear and thoughtful and well informed, as is clear in his two weighty published volumes! But most importantly, he was droll and had a sense of humour that he brought to meetings and corridor conversations that left me chuckling long after! No one can speak of Tim without referring to his model aircraft which sat proudly in his office to the puzzlement and amusement of his visitors - colleagues and students - which Tim clearly took pride in! His love for his family lit up his face whenever we spoke about Nicole and Henry. I will miss Tim very much.

Shirin Rai

Tim, I cannot believe that you are gone. I cannot forgive myself for not scheduling our long due online meeting since my return from Singapore to Europe earlier. You would have laughed about my reverse culture shock moments. Now, there is no chance any more to catch-up. Even though we met in person only for a handful of times, our "Skype for Business meetings" were an integral part of my academic working life over the last 7 years. I owe you so much -- intellectually and personally. Your impact has been huge. When it comes to how about to think of CRAs, I found a soulmate. This world may have lost you, but your legacy is immortal. I cannot even imagine what your family is going through. There are no words that make justice to it. Thank you for being my mentor, my co-author, friend and editor of my book on CRAs, which you encouraged me to write. It was an honor to work with you. RIP, Tim Sinclair.

Giulia Mennillo

I was incredibly saddened to hear of Tim's passing. I would like to send my deepest condolences to Nicole and Henry. I worked with Tim in a variety of ways. First, just as colleagues teaching together on an MA module. Then, on supporting the PAIS MA programmes, and later on as HoD in PAIS. More latterly, we jointly supervised a PhD together, although Tim was by far a long way the lead supervisor intellectually and in workload. I would like to think that we were quite good friends. Even though I spent less time in PAIS, we still kept in contact with the occasional email and Tim most recently and kindly updated me on the publication of his latest excellent monograph. Tim was actually the very first member of PAIS that I met back in 1998 when I first came to Warwick. I still remember quite clearly the time we met and some forthright comments that he made about things in general! I always liked Tim's refreshing approach. He was never afraid to speak him mind and it came with genuine thought and a devotion to his scholarship and deeply-held academic values. Tim was fascinating to listen to when he got going discussing his research and there was no doubt that he was a top leader in his field. I also just enjoyed chatting to Tim whenever I saw him, which tended in the past to be most frequently when we had offices nearby each other on the ground floor of PAIS's former location in Social Sciences. We spent rather a lot of time talking about his model collection, not least because he had a vast array of models manufactured by the Japanese firm, Tamiya. So we had a shared interest in Japanese planes and vehicles, and appreciated the sheer attention to fine detail of the models. Tim was kind enough, when I stepped down as HoD in PAIS, to send me a Tamiya model related to my research interests. I still treasure it to this day as mark of Tim's quiet generosity, loyalty as a colleague and friend, and sense of fun. I will greatly miss him. He was a true PAIS great.

Christopher Hughes

I was very sorry today to hear about Tim's passing. We had been in touch recently. His latest book was a cause for great celebration. He was proud of it, and the book certainly deserves the praise it was attracting. My relationship with Tim goes back to his time at York University in Canada. It was an honour to serve on his PhD examination committee. Ever since then, I have followed his work closely. We were both influenced by the pioneering work of Susan Strange in the field of international political economy, as well as by the research programs launched by his York mentors, Robert Cox and Stephen Gill. Tim was a gifted scholar, who combined insight, serious empirical research, and a well-honed sense of irony. He will be greatly missed by his many friends, colleagues, and students. He leaves a significant legacy, and he will be remembered. I send my sincere condolences to his family and to all who cherished his friendship.

Louis W. Pauly, University of Toronto

My Dear Tim, I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. You were a very kind person and a wonderful researcher. Our exchanges on credit ratings and financial markets were so fruitful. With love and friendship, Norbert

Norbert Gaillard

I really liked Tim -- he was, after all, very likeable -- and I am flattered to think that he liked me, too. Only once was our amical relationship threatened. One year at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, I agreed to act as discussant for a paper of his. The paper, of course, was fine, but I suggested that Tim's argument might have been more persuasive had he included some empirical evidence. Quite heatedly, he replied "I don't do evidence. I do interpretation!" But the heat soon cooled, and our friendship survived. I will miss him.

Benjamin Jerry Cohen

I am greatly saddened by Tim’s passing. I remember him fondly from my time at Warwick as a supportive and fun colleague with a sharp intellect. We had many fun nights out as well as more serious scholarly discussions from which I learned a great deal. Tim is one of the true pioneers of critical IPE & my thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time.

Peter Newell

I was lucky enough to be taught by Tim only last year. I will remember Tim as an extraordinarily kind and wise man - somebody whose expertise in his area was matched by his wider knowledge and thoughts about the world. As a young student, it was always impressive to hear of his fascinating life story and experiences. Very few of us are lucky enough to leave behind a mark on this world, but, as the wonderful obituary by the PAIS department shows, Tim has done just that.

William Davey

Had him in year one for PO131 - good lecturer, engaging. Was shocked about the news and wish to provide my condolences.

Jonathan Buhl-Nielsen

I am very thankful that I have been taught by professor Sinclair in year one. He was a very committed lecturer and a good person, he offered a lot of support to me during his office hours as I was adapting to university life. I was so sad to hear of your loss - please accept my sincerest condolences.

Ana Grujic

I was fortunate enough to work with Tim for a few years in the Department at Warwick. He was a fine scholar but more importantly a great colleague who was always up for a chat and a laugh. I have really fond memories of him. Thoughts with his family and all his friends.

Matt McDonald

I was a IPE graduate (class of 1999), and I registered and attended Professor Sinclair’s class on Digital Economy in 1999. He was humorous (potentially sarcastic sometimes as my English wasn’t good enough to distinguish humor and sarcasm by the time yet), and full of passion on lectures. I did my first presentation in English at this class. Dr. Sinclair, you will always be remembered by me and generations of students. May you Rest In Peace in heaven.

Liao, Gueiting

One time during a rather successful social event for MA students I helped him organise, Tim approached me and expressed his content at how well it was going. He then proceeded to say 'Angel, you really are quite something' in his delightful Kiwi accent. I cannot confirm whether he meant that I was truly horrible or, alternatively, a great example of a human being. I should like to think it was the latter. However, even if he actually meant the former, it would be nothing more than another instance of his renowned great humour. I will miss his advice and encouragement and our discussions on the state of capitalism and the academic job market. I will always cherish my memories of these.

Angel Valdivieso

We’re sorry to hear about what happened. Tim was one of the most beloved professors, very eloquent and kind. We had some very witty and interesting conversations during the student - staff meetings. Hope he rests in peace. Take care

Devayani Joshi

Tim, you had the wonderfully disarming habit of telling me that I was the sort of person who would know the answer to whatever question you had on your mind, before then innocently asking me something about which I had absolutely nothing of value to say. However, you have never left me as speechless as I am right now. Let me therefore offer two of my fondest memories to mark this worst of all moments. They both relate to guided tours. One was before I moved to Warwick and was the guided tour you gave me of the restaurant in Coventry that had once been a public toilet. Given how the staff just let you get on with it, I am sure that I was neither the first nor the last of your guests to have been shown how all the internal plumbing used to work back in the day. The other was after I moved to Warwick, when unbeknownst to one another we both ended up giving guest lectures on the same day at the Joint Services Staff Command College in Shrivenham. Somehow you managed to wangle a guided tour of the tank sheds for us both, although it should be said that one of us was a much more eager participant than the other. You completely floored the sergeant major who had been delegated to show us around with your knowledge of Soviet-era military hardware, whereas he didn’t even try to hide his contempt for me when the best question I could come up with in the tank shed was ‘so, these are all tanks, are they?’ I will miss how we always ended up laughing – at each other, at the curiosities life throws up, at how everybody has a tendency to take themselves too seriously – so this is how I am going to remember you.

Mat Watson

I want to express my deepest condolences for Dr Sinclair's passing away. Although I couldn't have the opportunity to be his student, I met him as PAIS Director of Taught Programs whilst I arrived from Chile to begin my studies at Warwick. It was really impressive to me that during our first meeting last October, Tim shared some thoughts with me about the history and current discussions in my country, demonstrating his rich academic background, political knowledge and also his capacity to engage in a conversation with the students coming from all over the world, making them feel welcomed and supported during our studies at the University. Finally, I would like to say that my heart and prays are with Tim's family, his wife and child. I wish them all the best, and with God's help, they could find peace and the resignation they deserve. Rest in Peace, Tim.

Juan Escobar, Political and Legal Theory student

I came across Timothy's work whilst finishing my PhD at Birmingham. I must say that he was one that inspires my current work. I thought one day I'd like to be like Professor Sinclair. His work was cutting-edge, insightful, and many times courageously honest. A couple of years ago, I reached out to Professor Sinclair to help me out with my journal (to have him on my senior advisory board). He was quite happy to lend his support and even shared with me some fond memories about one of my own PhD advisors (also from Warwick). I remember being thrilled to have him and quite refreshed with his generosity and kindness, something quite rare in academia, and the world quite frankly. Sad to see one of the good ones gone!

Dr. Christian Hernandez

Every time I met Tim, he either made me laugh or gave me something to think about. I'm going to miss him.

Andreas Murr

It was such an honour to have known Tim. His sense of humour and laughter was always welcomed. He continues to live in the hearts of many.

Kim Emmanuel

Dear Dr Nicole Lindstrom, I was devastated and saddened to hear the sudden passing of your husband, Tim. Please accept my deepest condolences on this terrible loss. Tim was not only a preeminent scholar in the global political economy of finance but also a great mentor during my eight years of doctoral research and postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. Without his strong support and insightful guidance, my transition from financial research to academic research would have been much more difficult. While I owe Tim an immense intellectual debt, I have many happy memories of him. Tim and I talked about various topics such as cars (we co-authored a book chapter on moral hazard in the global automobile industry), Tamiya plastic models, and his and my children (your son, Henry, and my daughter are the same age), in addition to credit rating agencies, financial markets, and Robert Cox. I was impressed by his keen observation of Japanese products/services (model kits, robots, cars, and train operations) and culture (architecture and karakuri puppets). I will miss Tim hugely. Again, I am incredibly sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences, Fumi

Fumihito Gotoh, PhD Lecturer in East Asian Studies School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield

I first met Tim around 25 years ago. He was a couple of years into his job at Warwick, and acted as discussant at a conference at which I presented some very early research. I was still a PhD student, and his comments were kind, generous, humorous and insightful. When you are young and at the start of an uncertain career, such things stay with you. Tim and I met numerous times thereafter at conferences in the UK and the USA - he always loved to gossip! Two conference moments with Tim are particularly fond in my memory, and I'd like to share them with you. First, there was an event at Warwick that Tim kindly invited me to attend in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Back then, Warwick didn't have the conference facilities which it now has, and so visitors stayed overnight at a local B&B. Tim arrived early each morning at the B&B, at the wheel of a large orange mini-bus borrowed from the University. Needless to say, the conference delegates and I sampled Tim's rapid driving first hand, as he carved his way to the University through the morning traffic. One of the more senior members of our party, a professor of sociology, whispered to me: "I wish he would slow down a little". Second, although I am a little younger than Tim, I just so happened to become a father first. At conferences back then, he would always ask about how early fatherhood was treating me, probably because the exhaustion was written across my face. It was with his typical enthusiasm, then, that Tim took me aside at one such event (I don't remember where in the world) to tell me he was soon also going to be a dad. While clearly very, very excited and desperate to share his news with a fellow traveller, Tim also looked a little worried about the prospect. I told him that he had nothing to worry about because he had what it would take to make a great dad. He looked surprised (I guess men meeting in professional settings don't usually say this kind of thing to each other), but it reflected the kindness, generosity, humour and insight he had shown towards a young PhD student he didn't know.

Professor Paul Langley Durham University, UK

Dear Nicole and Henry, Please accept our deepest condolences. We are incredibly saddened to hear about Tim, and our thoughts are with you. Words seem inadequate to explain how much of a loss this is for Warwick. Tim was always there to support us, he always had the sharpest comments and he wrapped it all in good humour. He will be missed dearly. With love, Ozlem Atikcan

Ozlem Atikcan

Tim was larger than life and always up for a chat. We enjoyed his tales of the administrative incompetency that he encountered on an almost daily basis. He was supportive and obliging and we will miss him enormously in the Professional Services Team. I hope that he know how much we cherished him.

Kate Wood

Tim's work has always been a huge inspiration for me. He helped me (and many other scholars) see how power could play out in seemingly mundane technical forms and how private firms could take on such an outsized role in global governance. I've taught his work at every level from first year undergrad to PhD, and always found that his ideas resonated with students. He was also a very kind and generous person, with a lovely sense of humour. He will be sorely missed.

Jacquie Best

Tim was an inspirational scholar and - so much more important of course - a simply lovely human being. He set an example of how to support others and how to nurture a positive sense of community. I remember just a few years ago, Tim was visiting Durham to examine a PhD, and we were having lunch in town. I had some decisions to make professionally and I asked him what he thought. He had made some big decisions in his own life and career, moving across countries and continents. “Live to have no regrets” is what he said. He had a healthy scepticism for the peculiarities of UK higher education and delighted in defying conventions. There is a large community of people who have sought his advice and found good humour and support in response. My thoughts are with Tim’s family.

Louise Amoore

Tim was a warm hearted and generous colleague. I remember one occasion, not long after I joined as a junior member of staff, that he grabbed me as I was walking past his office and asked me what I thought about some controversial debate in the philosophy of science. I hadn't a clue, but the fact that he asked and wanted to talk to me about it all the same meant a lot. He had a deserved reputation as a leading scholar yet was never imperious about it. He was an integral part of PAIS and we won't be the same without him.

Ben Richardson

Tim Sinclair was a true scholar and committed teacher who cared deeply about academic values and responsibilities. For many years we had adjoining offices in the department, and I have warm recollections of the very positive human qualities he showed in both our casual and more serious conversations. I am very sorry indeed to learn of his untimely passing.

Peter Burnell

Tim was my personal tutor when I was an undergraduate student at Warwick. I really appreciated the conversations we would have in our meetings every term, and for all the help he gave me during my final year. In particular, I was always grateful for his direct and honest advice. My deepest condolences to his family.

Teresa Turkheimer