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Lena Rethel

lena rethel

Associate Professor of International Political Economy

Tel: +44 (0)24761 50107
Office: D1.18

I joined PAIS in August 2011 and am now Associate Professor of International Political Economy. My research interests are concentrated in the broad areas of the political economy of finance and Southeast Asian politics. Conceptually, this includes the relationship between finance and development, financialisation and the politics of debt, alternative globalisations and the disciplinary parameters and spatial location of contemporary IPE, to name just a few of my interests. Substantively, my work so far has concentrated on both the theories and common senses that underpin financial policymaking, the question of how this leads to institutional change (in particular the expansion of capital markets) and the socio-economic implications of these changes. I have focused on developments in the Southeast Asia region. Currently, I am working on a range of projects that explore the relationship between financial system change and development, trajectories of emerging market debt and the emergence of Islamic finance. I am also broadening my research agenda to look at other Islamic economies such as halal foods, tourism and fashion and how they are governed.

Research keywords

  • International Political Economy and Global Financial Governance
  • Capital Market Development and Islamic Finance
  • Everyday and Cultural Political Economy
  • Islamic Economies and Global Economic Governance
  • The Political Economy of Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore

Teaching and professional service

Recent books

  • Juanita Elias and Lena Rethel (eds.) (2016) The Everyday Political Economy of Southeast Asia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Andre Broome, Liam Clegg and Lena Rethel (eds.) (2015) Global Governance in Crisis, Abingdon: Routledge. Paperback in 2017.
  • Lena Rethel and Timothy J. Sinclair (2012) The Problem with Banks, London: Zed Books - shortlisted for the 2013 IPEG Book Prize.