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Mareike Beck

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Assistant Professor in International Political Economy

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Thursday 2.30 - 3.30pm

Friday 2.30 - 3.30pm

I am Assistant Professor in International Political Economy. Previously, I was Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at King’s College London, after having finished my PhD at the University of Sussex.

My research agenda focuses on the drivers and socio-economic impacts of financialisation at the global and everyday level. My work has addresses this in three inter-related areas.

First, I am interested in a social history of global finance. My book project Extroverted Financialisation: Banking on USD Debt (under contract with Cambridge University Press) develops a novel conceptualisation, extroverted financialisation, to frame the US Americanisation of global finance. I am particularly interested in the uneven nature of the USD-based global financial architecture, and how this has shaped financial globalisation, innovations in on- and offshore finance, and financial instability.

Secondly, using a feminist political economy approach, I investigate how everyday asset management and global asset management interact to produce various forms of asset-based inequalities in financialised economies.

My third area of interest concerns creative and performative methodologies for knowledge exchange and impact. I regularly engage with civil society groups and local communities. For example, in May 2023, I directed and performed in an aerial acrobatics circus show that performed feminist political economy theorising of homes in their dual function as (1) an everyday living space and (2) a global financial asset.

Watch my mini-documentary about housing inequality that uses my Brighton Fringe Aerial Circus show to talk about homes, debt and political economy.


  • Extroverted Financialisation: Banking on USD Debt (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press)
  • Beck, M, Knafo, S & Sgambati, S 2023 Leveraging financial claims: transatlantic bank struggles and the power of US finance. In B Braun & K Koddenbrock (eds), Capital Claims: Power and Global Finance. Routledge
  • Beck, M 2022 Extroverted financialization: how US finance shapes European banking. Review of International Political Economy
  • Beck, M 2022 The managerial contradictions of extroverted financialization: the rise and fall of Deutsche Bank. Socio-Economic Review
  • Beck, M & Knafo, S 2020 Financialization and the Uses of History. In: Braun, B and Koddenbrock, K (eds): Capital claims: The political economy of global finance, Routledge
  • Beck, M & Germann, J 2019 Managerial power in the German model: the case of Bertelsmann and the antecedents of neoliberalism Globalizations.


For 2023/2024 I convene the 1st year module Foundations of Political Economy (PO133). I am also a seminar tutor for States and Markets (PO230)


Listen to this podcast about how concepts of inequality, homes, and debt are turned into aerial acrobatics:

and this podcast on knowledge exchange through aerial acrobatics circus, including audience responses:

Also on Spotify. And see here for a feature by the New Internationalist.