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Dan Wood

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PhD Candidate and Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant

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I am a PhD candidate within the Department of Politics and International Studies. My research is focussed on International Political Economy, specifically the politics of global finance. My PhD is supervised by Professor Lena Rethel and Dr Chris Clarke. I have previously obtained an MA in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick and a BSc in Economics and Political Science at the University of Birmingham. I also work as a senior graduate teaching assistant within PAIS.


My PhD is focussed on the politics of passive investment. Passive investment is an investment strategy. The strategy suggests that investors should try to match the market average rate of return by holding a diversified portfolio that represents the whole market and maintain that portfolio for the long run. This is counter other investment strategies that attempt to outperform the market average return, but charge higher fees for doing so. My research interrogates the politics of the rise of passive investment, asking how and why it is the strategy that the largest asset managers in the world use? I also explore the politics that are embedded in the strategy and the power of institutions involved in the process, such as asset managers and index providers.

My wider research interests include:

  • The Political Economy of Global Finance
  • Historical Political Economy
  • Political Economy of Time
  • The works of Robert Cox
  • Post-structuralism and IPE


For the 2023/24 academic year I am teaching PO107 Introduction for Politics, which I also taught in the 2022/23 academic year. I have also taught seminars for PO230 States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy.

In 2023 I was commended in the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence in the Postgraduates who Teach Category.