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Lena Rethel

lena rethel

Professor of International Political Economy

Office: D1.18 (please email me to book an appointment)

My research interests include the international politics of finance and development, the global governance of Islamic economies (finance, food, and so on) and the disciplinary parameters and spatial location of contemporary International Political Economy. Substantively, my work to date has concentrated on both the theories and common senses that underpin economic and financial policymaking, the question of how this leads to institutional change (in particular the expansion of capital markets and development of Islamic finance) and the socio-economic implications of these changes. My research draws significantly from insights from the Southeast Asia region, especially Indonesia and Malaysia. My research has been supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the British Council Newton Fund and a Princeton Fung Global Fellowship.

Research keywords

  • International Political Economy; politics of global finance
  • The International Politics of Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore
  • Global Economic Governance; Islamic economies
  • Everyday and Cultural Political Economy approaches; event ethnography

Service to the academic community

Recent books

  • James Brassett, Juanita Elias, Lena Rethel and Ben Richardson (2022) I-PEEL. The International Political Economy of Everyday Life, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Lena Rethel (2021) The Political Economy of Financial Development in Malaysia, Abingdon: Routledge.