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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


James Wood is a Senior Teaching Associate in Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies. James also holds a Staff Fellowship in Politics at Trinity Hall, where he is the HSPS Director of Studies and Undergraduate Tutor, and he has previously held the role of Acting Senior Tutor of the College.

James completed his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Sussex (2010–2013) before obtaining his MA (2014) and PhD (2017) in International Political Economy at King’s College London. He has also held visiting positions at Copenhagen Business School (2015–2016) and King’s College London (2020-2021). James is a co-convenor of the Political Studies Association’s British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group. Prior to academia, James worked at one of the largest mortgage joint ventures in the United States for almost a decade.


James’ research examines the political legitimation of economic policymaking from a Comparative Political Economy perspective with a focus on the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union. More specifically, his work explores how the construction of political and economic crises, and the politics of homeownership and household debt, maintain political support for neoliberalism.


Key publications: 

WOOD, J. D. G., AUSSERLADSCHEIDER, V. & SPARKES, M. 2023. The manufactured crisis of COVID-Keynesianism in Britain, Germany and the USA. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 16, 19–29.

WOOD, J. D. G. & AUSSERLADSCHEIDER, V. 2021. Populism, Brexit, and the manufactured crisis of British neoliberalism. Review of International Political Economy, 28, 1487-1508.

SPARKES, M. & WOOD, J. D. G. 2021. The Political Economy of Household Debt & The Keynesian Policy Paradigm. New Political Economy, 26, 598-615.

WOOD, J. D. G. 2020. Can household debt influence income inequality? Evidence from Britain: 1966–2016. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 22, 24-46.

WOOD, J. D. G. 2019. Mortgage Credit: Denmark’s Financial Capacity Building Regime. New Political Economy, 24, 833-850.

WOOD, J. D. G. 2018. The integrating role of private homeownership and mortgage credit in British neoliberalism. Housing Studies, 33, 993-1013.

WOOD, J. D. G. 2017. The effects of the distribution of mortgage credit on the wage share: Varieties of residential capitalism compared. Comparative European Politics, 15, 819-847.

Teaching and Supervisions


Undergraduate Papers

POL1: The Modern State and its Alternatives

POL4: Comparative Politics 

POL4D: The United States and the United Kingdom: Exploring the Diversity of Modern Capitalism

POL5: Themes and Issues in Politics and International Relations

POL6: Statistics and Methods in Politics and International Relations

POL9: Conceptual Issues and Texts in Politics and International Relations

POL19: The Politics of the International Economy

HP3: Theory and Practice in History and Politics

Postgraduate Papers

Comparative Political Economy

Advanced Political Analysis

Senior Teaching Associate
HSPS Director of Studies and Undergraduate Tutor, Trinity Hall

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