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Dr Claes Belfrage BA, ESRC MA, Ph.D., PGCAP, ILM

Reader in Global Political Economy and Subject Group Director of Research Work, Organisation and Management Work, Organisation and Management

Research

Financialisation in the Nordics and of European Integration

I research the tensions and contradictions in the management of financialisation. I explore financialisation on multiple interrelated scales and spaces. In my research, I am inspired by a range of critical approaches, concepts/notions and methods, including critical realism (as meta-theory), Regulation Theory, post-Keynesian theory, Frankfurt School Critical theory, hegemony, aestheticisation, semiosis, ethnography and quantitative analysis.

I conduct research on the financialisation of the Swedish model and the tensions and contradictions in the management of this process (partly with Markus Kallifatides, Stockholm School of Economics). I am currently based at the Center for Governance and Management Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics during a research leave.

I pursue research on European integration and the impact of financialisation on European integration. I was until recently founding co-chair of the Council for European Studies’ research network “European Integration and Global Political Economy”.

I study the "imagined recovery" from the financial crisis in the micro economy of Iceland (with Eirikur Bergmann, Bifrost University, and David Berry, University of Sussex).

Currency Internationalisation and Financialisation in the semi-periphery

I research the tensions and contradictions in the management of this procesI explore financialisation on multiple interrelated scales and spaces. In my research, I am inspired by a range of critical approaches, concepts/notions and methods, including critical realism (as meta-theory), Regulation Theory, post-Keynesian theory, Frankfurt School Critical theory, hegemony, aestheticisation, semiosis, ethnography and quantitative analysis.

I am researching the challenges facing emerging market economies (semi-periphery) in managing its particular insertion into world markets (with Johannes Jäger, University of Applied Sciences Vienna, Annina Kaltenbrunner, University of Leeds, Jan Grumuller, Austrian Foundation for Development Research, and Adriana Nilsson, University of Liverpool Management School). This work has partly been undertaken under a project commissioned by the British Embassy to Brazil, the financial conduct authority of Brazil (CVM) and the Brazilian Central Bank.

Critical Grounded Theory

I am engaged in methodological research, including most recently trying to develop a Critical Grounded Theory (with Felix Hauf, Goethe-University of Frankfurt).