Thomas Stubbs

Reader in Global Political Economy


I am a social scientist interested in international political economy, African politics, and global health and development. Currently, I am a Reader in Global Political Economy at Royal Holloway-University of London, and a Research Associate in Political Economy at the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.

My research focuses on the activities of multilateral financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and regional financial arrangements. I am especially interested in the determinants, relational dynamics, and consequences of their lending programs, economic surveillance, and technical assistance.

My research has been funded by Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. My publications have appeared in leading academic journals, such as American Journal of Sociology, Review of International Political Economy, Review of International Organizations, Social Science & Medicine, and World Development.

I am also the curator of IMF Monitor, a data hub used by academics, civil society, and policymakers to track activities of the International Monetary Fund. In addition, I have worked as a consultant to various international, public, and non-governmental organizations, including the German Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, Oxfam International, and Recourse Foundation.

Recent publications

A Thousand Cuts: Social Protection in the Age of Austerity

Alexandros Kentikelenis, Thomas Stubbs

Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2023

IMF social spending floors: A fig leaf for austerity?

Alexandros Kentikelenis, Thomas Stubbs

Oxfam International, Oxford, 2023

Structural adjustment, alienation, and mass protest

Bernhard Reinsberg, Thomas Stubbs, Louis Bujnoch

Social Science Research, vol. 109, 2023, p. 102777

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Thomas Stubbs

Reader in Global Political Economy

+44 7522772306

Department of Politics & International Relations

Royal Holloway, University of London

Office 1-42
​McCrea Building
Egham Hill
Egham, TW20 0EX
United Kingdom

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