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James Brassett

James Brassett is Reader in International Political Economy (IPE); previously RCUK Research Fellow in the ESRC Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation (CSGR). Working across IR and IPE, his research engages the ethics and politics of globalisation with a particular focus on alternative practices of resistance, especially via film and comedy. His articles have been published in journals such as European Journal of International Relations, International Feminist Journal of Politics, International Political Sociology, International Studies Quarterly, International Theory, New Political Economy, Review of International Political Economy, and Security Dialogue. His paper 'British Irony, Global Justice: A pragmatic reading of Chris Brown, Banksy and Ricky Gervais' won the BISA prize for Best Article in Review of International Studies. And he has 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'. Brassett was a Co-Editor of the Routledge/RIPE Series in Global Political Economy as well as the online teaching tool: I-PEEL. His commentary on the rise of comedy in global politics has appeared in national and international media such as Politiken, The Conversation, The Economist, and The New York Times. 


  • 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.





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Research Interests

  • Politics of Resistance
  • Humour, Comedy and Satire
  • Everyday and Cultural IPE
  • Mediatisation of Global Politics

Public Engagement

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