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 international financial institutions, like the International Monetary Fund. I am interested in the determinants, relational dynamics, and consequences of their lending, surveillance, and capacity development activities. This work has been funded by Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

My first book, A Thousand Cuts: Social Protection in the Age of Austerity (with A. Kentikelenis), was published in 2023 by Oxford University Press. My work has appeared in leading academic journals, such as American Journal of Sociology, BMJ Global Health, 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. Beyond my academic work, I have been 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

Greening IMF lending: Elusive prospects, mixed evidence

Alexandros Kentikelenis, Thomas Stubbs

Recourse, Amsterdam, 2024

Neoliberalism and health in global context: The role of international organizations

Timon Forster, Thomas Stubbs, Alexandros Kentikelenis

David Primrose, Rodney Loeppky, Robin Chang, The Routledge Handbook of the Political Economy of Health and Healthcare, Routledge, 2024, pp. 154-165

IMF social spending floors: A fig leaf for austerity?

Alexandros Kentikelenis, Thomas Stubbs

Oxfam International, Oxford, 2023

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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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