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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Natalya Naqvi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies.


Prior to joining Cambridge in September 2021, Natalya was an Assistant Professor in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics. Prior to this she was a research fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University, and the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. 


Natalya’s research focuses on the role of the state and the financial sector in economic development, as well as the amount of policy space developing and industrialised countries have to conduct selective industrial policy.


She is also interested in the causes and consequences of SOE privatisation.


Her current project investigates the conditions under which developing countries exert public control over their financial sectors in order to support structural transformation of the economy, despite the constraints posed by economic globalisation.





Key publications: 


For a full list of publications please see Natalya's google scholar profile>>


  • Renationalising finance for development: Policy space and public economic control in Bolivia 2020.
  • Review of International Political Economy Manias, panics and crashes in emerging markets: An Empirical Investigation of the Post-2008 Crisis Period 2019. New Political Economy 24 (6), 759-779
  • Kicking Away the Financial Ladder? German development banking under economic globalisation, with Anne Henow and Ha-Joon Chang 2018. Review of International Political Economy, 25 (5), 672-698
  • Finance and Industrial Policy in Unsuccessful Developmental States: The Case of Pakistan ​2018. Development and Change, 49 (4), 1064-1092
  • Privatization in the Land of Believers: The political economy of privatization in Pakistan, with Kamal Munir 2017. Modern Asian Studies, 51 (6), 1695-1726
Assistant Professor
Lecturer in Development Studies