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Ben Richardson

I am a Reader in International Political Economy. Prior to joining the University of Warwick, I studied at the University of Sheffield where I received my PhD in 2008.

Research interests

  • International trade and development
  • Global governance of labour and land rights
  • Political economy of agriculture, food and diet
  • Capitalism and everyday life

Research funding and impact

Co-investigator on ESRC Standard Grant (2015-2018, £400k) on 'Working Beyond the Border: EU Trade Agreements and International Labour Standards'.

  • Impact supported by University of Warwick Impact Fund (2016, £8k) on 'Toward a Progressive UK Trade Policy' and led to preparation of REF Impact Case Study on Democratising Trade Policy for REF2021

Principal investigator on Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2010-12, £50k) on 'Social Justice in the Sugar Cane Industry' and ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009, £74k) on 'The Global Political Economy of Sugar'.

  • Impact supported by University of Warwick ESRC Impact Acceleration Award (2015, £1k) on 'Sustainable Sugar and Global Standards: The Workers’ Perspective' and led to submission of REF Impact Case Study on Regulating Global Trade and Finance for REF2014

Teaching and supervision

For 2022/23 I am module director for Politics of International Development (PO203) and lecturer for Making of Economic Policy (EC304).

I am part of the editorial team for the website I-PEEL: International Political Economy of Everyday Life and the related project with Monash University (2022-2024) 'Global Groupwork: Cross-Border Student Projects on the IPE of Everyday Life'.

I have supervised the PhD theses below. Please get in touch if you are interested in working together on a thesis topic that overlaps with my research interests.

  • The Discontented Farmer: State-Society Relations and Food Security in Rural Tanzania (Marika Mura, completed 2016)
  • Uneven Development and the Governance of Agricultural Commodity Booms: The Case of Soybean in South America (Maria Giraudo, completed 2018)
  • Recasting Rights in the Caribbean: The Politics of the Barbadian Flyingfish Fishery (Lisa Soares, completed 2019)
  • Cashless Welfare Payments and Everyday Life: A Study of South Africa and Australia (Luke Bantock, completed 2019)

  • Externalisation of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy in Georgia (Laura Gelhaus, completed 2020)
  • Supranational Law, State Sovereignty and Regional Integration: The Caribbean Court of Justice and the Evolution of the Caribbean Community (Safiya Ali)


  • I-PEEL website awarded 2022 Special Achievement in International Studies Online Media by the ISA Online Media Caucus
  • 'Governing Labour Standards through Free Trade Agreements: Limits of the European Union's Trade and Sustainable Development Chapters’ awarded Journal of Common Market Studies Best Article Prize 2019
  • Sugar listed as a 2015 BBC Food Programme Book of the Year
  • University of Warwick Social Sciences Early Career Researcher Impact Champion 2013
  • Sugar: Refined Power in a Global Regime shortlisted for the 2010 BISA IPE Group Book of the Year

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