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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



James Wood is a Teaching Associate in Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies. 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. To aide his PhD research James obtained a position as a visiting PhD fellow at Copenhagen Business School (2015–2016), where he also held the position of Assistant Lecturer. Prior to academia, James worked at one of the largest mortgage joint ventures in the United States for almost a decade.


James’s research focuses on a comparative political economy account of the financialisation of advanced economies, with a particular emphasis on systems of household debt in Britain and Denmark. He is interested in examining national-level variations in the economic ideas of financialisation, the distributional consequences of household engagement with financial services, as well as systems of power that maintain the reproduction of financialised economies.


Key publications: 

WOOD, J. D. G. 2019. Mortgage Credit: Denmark’s Financial Capacity Building Regime, New Political Economy, 24:6, 833-850.

WOOD, J. D. G. 2018. The integrating role of private homeownership and mortgage credit in British neoliberalism, Housing Studies, 33:7, 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


POL1: The Modern State and its Alternatives

POL4: Comparative Politics (Option: The United States and the United Kingdom: exploring the diversity of modern capitalism)

POL5/POL19: Themes and Issues in Politics and International Relations

POL6: Statistics and Methods in Politics and International Relations

Co-convenor for the MPhil course: ‘Global Transitions: Power, Hegemony and the Ordering of the Global Political Economy’.

Teaching Associate
Dr James   Wood

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