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John Morris

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Teaching Fellow in International Political Economy.

Director for BSc/BA in Economics, Politics and International Studies.

John.H.Morris@warwick.ac.uk
Room: E1.10

Please contact me via email to arrange virtual meetings during term times.

I will be available 10am-7pm weekdays.

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Dr John Morris is Teaching Fellow in International Political Economy. He is a political economist and economic geographer with research and teaching interests in central banking, international finance and the governance of financial stability and climate change.

John is Module Director for PO133 Foundations of Political Economy and PO230 States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy. John also teaches on EC304 The Making of Economic Policy. John is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has previously taught International Political Economy and Economic Geography at Durham University and University College London.

Biography

John holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the Department of Geography at Durham University for a study of the ongoing development of central bank thinking and research on the governance of financial risk, stability and crisis. He previously completed an MSc in Public Policy from University College London and a BA in Philosophy from King’s College London.

Prior to joining the Department of Politics and International Studies, John was Research Assistant in Financial Studies in the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University. John worked as part of a team working on Managing My Money for the Just About Managing, which was part of a nationwide study by the Money Advice Service. This report forms a core part of an impact case study within The Centre for Business in Society’s Research Excellence Framework Submission and the team was awarded Coventry University’s Faculty of Business and Law’s “Research Team of the Year” award in 2018. In 2016-217, John was Research Associate on the 'Economics in the Public Sphere' Project, which was hosted at University College London and funded by the European Research Council’s Starting Grants Scheme.

In 2015, John was awarded Best Graduate Student Paper and £200 prize, sponsored by Palgrave MacMillan at the Warwick 50th Anniversary Conference on ‘New Directions in International Political Economy. He has published work in journals such as Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, Geoforum, the Journal of Cultural Economy and Economic Geography.

John is the author Securing Finance, Mobilizing Risk: Money Cultures at the Bank of England (RIPE Series in Global Political Economy). Based on extensive archival and interview research in public and private financial institutions, the book provides an innovative analysis of professional risk cultures at a central bank. This book develops a geographically-inflected analysis and re-appraisal of the concept of performativity to demonstrate that financial risk management has a spatiality which informs the understandings and imaginaries of the risks associated with money and finance. The main argument of the book is that financial risk management has attempted to become less speculative and much more focused on mapping and visualizing the mobilization of risk, as well communicating greater concerned about more extreme and less probable tail risks. You can find John discussing some of the core themes of his book in this Warwick Critical Finance Group Dialogue with Dr James Brassett and Morning Macro Podcasts.

More recently, John’s research has continued to pursue one of the key findings of the aforementioned book, namely the expansion of the scope of what is considered to be a "financial stability threat". As such, he is currently devoting his research energies to the international political economy of tail risk, climate finance and the governance of climate change by the financial regulatory community as a financial stability risk and concern. In October 2020, he appeared as a panelist in the Balsillie School of International Affairs ‘Global Insight’ Webinar on “Practical Measures Supporting Climate Change Mitigation.” He is currently working on a book (under contract) on the political economy of tail risk. This book will offer an empirically informed theoretical intervention into recent developments in financial regulation and risk management towards the calculation and anticipation of “tail risks” in ways that better prepare financial institutions for low probability-high impact events. John recently presented some of this work at the Climate Exp0 online conference, organized by the COP26 Universities Network and the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS). Here he offered an initial appraisal of the growing consensus within the central banking community that there must be increased coordination and immediate action to address the main risks and challenges to financial stability as result of the transition to low carbon economies

John has been interviewed by BBC World Service and Bloomberg on the Bank of England’s approach to transparency and public engagement.

Research Interests

The political economy of money and finance.

Central banking.

The politics of risk and uncertainty.

Technocratic governance and expertise

Climate finance and the greening of the financial system.

Consumer credit and debt.

Publications

Book.

Morris, JH. Securing Finance, Mobilizing Risk: Money Cultures at the Bank of England, Routledge, RIPE Series in Global Political Economy. 2018.

Journal Articles.

Langley, P., and Morris, JH. "Central banks: Climate Governors of Last Resort?" Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, Vol. 52, Issue 8, November 2020: 1471–1479.

Morris, JH. Decentring Ingenuity: Modes of Calculation, Intuition and Atmospheres in The Bank of England’s Financial Literacy Assemblages, Geoforum Vol. 90, March 2018: 45-54.

Boy, N., Morris, JH., and Santos, M. Editorial: Taking Stock of Security and Finance, Finance and Society, 2017, 3(2): 102-105.

Morris, JH. The Performativity, Performance and Lively Practices in Financial Stability Press Conferences, Journal of Cultural Economy Vol.9 Issue 3. 2016: 245-260.

Book Chapter.

Morris, JH. ‘Security’. International Political Economy of Everyday Life (I-PEEL) Online textbook, Warwick University. 2017.

Book Reviews.

Morris, JH, and Bejarano Carbó, P. The Political Economy of Central Banking: Contested Control and the Power of Finance by Gerald Epstein. Economic Issues, Vol.25, No. 1, 2020: 108-110.

Morris, JH. Global Finance: Places, Spaces and People by Sarah Hall. Economic Geography, August 2018: 1-3.

Edited Special Issue.

‘Finance and Security’, Co-Edited with Mariana Santos and Nina Boy. Finance and Society, 2017, 3(2).

 Commissioned Policy Reports.

Brambley, W, Akter, S., Appleyard, L., Dibb, S., Monne,J., Morris,JH., Nguyen, T., Roby, H., Siemers, O, and Zaksaite ,T. Managing My Money for the Just About Managing, True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance at the Open University and the Money Advice Service. 2019.

Henry, N., and Morris, JH. Consumers, Credit and Scaling Affordable Lending: A Literature and Evidence Review, Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University and Responsible Finance. 2018.

Henry, N., and Morris, JH. Scaling Up Affordable Lending: Inclusive Credit Scoring, Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University and Responsible Finance. 2018.

Henry, N., Velthuis, S. and Morris, JH. Scaling Affordable Lending: Case Studies, Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University and Responsible Finance. 2018.

Other Publications.

Fitz-Gerald, A., Morris, JH., Nathwani, J., Nicholson, S., and Nishimura, T. Global Insights: Practical Measures Supporting Climate Change Mitigation. 2020.