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University of Leeds: Global Political Economy

Institution University of Leeds
Department School of Politics and International Studies View department profile
Telephone 0113 343 1741
Study type Taught


This programme unites our academic commitment and expertise in helping understand and develop responses to the most pressing global political economy challenges facing humanity today.

In conjunction with a firm grounding in the key theories and concepts of global political economy, you will have the opportunity to analyse powerful global economic governance agencies like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, alongside the firms and sectors and markets that generate many of the global conflicts, instabilities, crises and challenges we face. In the first semester we tackle the key concepts and frameworks for political economy analysis. In semester 2 you will explore how sectors, markets and firms are linked to, for example, food and health insecurities, unemployment, job precarity, poverty, climate change and pollution.

The programme’s emphasis on real-world issues allows us to place special attention on how governance agendas and their impact are experienced, negotiated and responded to in everyday lives and to compare and assess how policymakers and communities seek change.


University of Leeds
School of Politics and International Studies

Why study Politics and International Studies at Leeds?
The School of Politics and International Studies at Leeds brings together research and teaching in the areas of politics, international relations and global development.

Part of the prestigious Russell Group of research-led universities in the UK, the School has a thriving postgraduate community with over 200 students studying on postgraduate programmes, and many of these coming from overseas.

The University of Leeds is ranked in the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022) and the School of Politics and International …

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