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James Brassett

I am currently Reader in International Political Economy (IPE); previously RCUK Research Fellow in the ESRC Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR). My research engages the everyday politics of globalisation with a focus on questions of ethics, governance, crisis and resistance. This work has been published in journals such as European Journal of International Relations, International Political Sociology, International Studies Quarterly, International Theory, New Political Economy, Review of International Studies, Review of International Political Economy, and Security Dialogue. More broadly, I have edited 8 Journal Special Issues on subjects including 'Ethics in World Politics', 'Legitimacy and Global Governance', 'The Political Economy of the Sub-Prime Crisis', 'Resilience', and 'Humour in Global Politics'. I am a Co-Editor of the Routledge/RIPE Series in Global Political Economy as well as the online teaching tool: I-PEEL. My commentary on the rise of comedy in global politics has appeared in national and international media publications such as The Conversation, The Economist and Politiken.


  • The Ironic State: British Comedy and the Everyday Politics of Globalisation, Bristol University Press, 2021.
  • Affective Politics of the Global Event: Trauma and the Resilient Market Subject, Routledge, 2018.
  • Cosmopolitanism and Global Financial Reform: A Pragmatic Approach to the Tobin Tax, Routledge, 2010.

Recent Articles

  • EU've Got to Be Kidding: Anxiety, Humour and Ontological Security, Global Society, with Chris Browning and Muireann O'Dwyer, forthcoming
  • Everyday Ethics of the Global Event: Grenfell and the Politics of Responsibility, Globalizations, forthcoming, with Dan Bulley.
  • Men Behaving Badly? Representations of Masculinity in Post-Global Financial Crisis (GFC) Cinema, International Feminist Journal of Politics, forthcoming, with Frederic Heine.
  • British Satire, Everyday Politics: Chris Morris, Armando Iannucci, and Charlie Brooker, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 2017, 19(2): 245-262, with Alex Sutton.
  • Mobile Payments, Social Money: Everyday Politics of the Consumer Subject, New Political Economy, 2017, 22(6): 645-660, with Ruben Kremers.


  • Humorous States: New Diplomacy and the Rise of Comedy in International Relations, with Chris Browning, British Academy Small Grant.
  • International Political Economy of Everyday Life, with Juanita Elias, Ben Richardson, and Lena Rethel, IATL Grant For Teaching Innovation.
  • Ethics and Global Governance, Research Councils UK: 5 Year Fellowship.
  • Roberts Funding for Research Development and Workshops.
  • Visiting Fellowships at University of Amsterdam and University of Queensland.

Completed Phds

Dr Frederic Heine, 'The Temptation of Inflation': Masculinities and the Eurozone Crisis', ESRC funded.

Dr Marco Andreu, Impact Bonds and the Ambiguous Politics of Market Ethics, Warwick Chancellors Fellowship.

Dr Aya Nassar, Spaces of Power: Politics, Subjectivity and Materiality in Post-Independence Cairo, Warwick Chancellors Fellowship.

Dr Donna Greene, The Sustainability of the Social Democratic Welfare State: A Case Study of Barbados 1974-1994.

Dr Maurice Stierl, Migration Resistance as Border Politics: Counter Imaginaries of Europe, Warwick Chancellors Fellowship.

Dr Chris Rossdale, Anarchism, Anti-Militarism and the Politics of Security, ESRC Funded, Winner of the BISA Michael Nicholson Prize for the Best Thesis in IR, 2014.

Dr Chris Clarke, The Ethics of Liberal Market Governance: Adam Smith and the Constitution of Financial Market Agency, ESRC Funded.

Dr Mark Fowle, Practices of Emancipation: Security, Dialogue and Change in Post-War Vukovar, ESRC Funded.

Dr Chris Holmes, Economistic Fallacies in Contemporary Capitalism: A Polanyian Analysis of Regimes of Marketised Protection, ESRC Funded.





james brassett

Research Interests

  • Globalisation, Ethics and Resistance
  • Everyday and Cultural IPE
  • Comedy, Satire and Humour
  • Film, 24 Hr News and Social Media

Public Engagement

Contact Details

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Telephone: 02476-574420

Office Hrs: Tuesday, 9-11