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Ruben Kremers


Ruben Kremers is a Ph.D. candidate in International Political Economy. He has been awarded an ESRC Doctoral Research Fellowship and a PAIS Departmental Scholarship for his research project on the politics of digital finance.

He is one of the founders and organisers of the Warwick Critical Finance Group and in the editorial teams of I-PEEL and International Political Sociology (IPS).

Research Project: "The Politics of Digital Finance"

Ruben's PhD project explores allied developments in the financial and the digital sector. On the one hand, it seeks to understand how digital tech companies enter the financial sector by means of novel consumer experiences possible thanks to the ubiquitous use of the Internet (digitalisation). On the other hand, it addresses the ways in which new technologies mobilise finance as a key category not only for businesses and governments, but also for private individuals (financialisation).

The project is supervised by James Brassett and Lena Rethel.


Foundations of Political Economy (2018/19).

Foundations of Political Economy (2017/18).

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 9-10am, D2.09 (Social Sciences)


Critical macro-finance: An introduction', in Finance & Society, 2020, 6(1): 34-44, with Sahil Jai Dutta, Fabian Pape and Johannes Petry.

Conversation with... Wendy Larner, in Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal, 2018, 6(1): 1-10.

Mobile Payments, Social Money: Everyday Politics of the Consumer Subject, in New Political Economy, 2017, 22(6): 645-660, with James Brassett.

Fellowships and Awards

University of Amsterdam, 'Critical App Studies', Visiting Scholar, Summer 2019

University of Alberta, 'Smart consumer subjects', Visiting Scholar, Spring 2019

ESRC, 'Politics of Digital Finance', Doctoral Research Fellowship 2015-2019

University of Warwick, 'Politics of Digital Finance', PAIS Departmental Scholarship, 2015-2019

University of Warwick, PAIS Department Prize for ‘Highest Overall Average in MA IPE’, 2014-2015

Profile Picture Warwick 2017

Ruben Kremers

PhD Candidate

International Political Economy

Email: r dot s dot kremers at warwick dot ac dot uk

Research Interests
  • International Political Economy
  • Critical and Interdisciplinary Methodologies
  • Global Finance and Global Tech
  • Fintech, Apps and AI