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Dr Dermot Hodson

Reader in Political Economy
Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Research


I am Reader in Political Economy in the Department of Politics and Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Research in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck. I studied at Trinity College, Dublin, the College of Europe, Bruges and the London School of Economics and worked as an economist at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs before joining Birkbeck. I have taught at the London School of Economics and held visiting positions at the College of Europe in Natolin, the University of Agder in Kristiansand and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am Visiting Professor in the Department of European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges.

Main research interests

My research looks at the question of who governs when centralised, hierarchical and hard law approaches to policy-making are lacking. The main substantive focus of my research is macroeconomic policy and I have also worked on regional policy, social policy and the ratification of treaties. Much of my research looks at the the European Union, with a particular emphasis on the governance of the euro area. I am also interested in policy-making in Ireland and the United Kingdom and at the global level through fora such as the International Monetary Fund, the G7 and the G20. My approach to these issues is grounded in the study of international and comparative political economy. I am influenced too by institutionalist approaches to and legal perspectives on international relations and public policy.

My recent research has focused on the following topics:

  • The euro crisis and EMU governance;
  • European integration in the post-Maastricht period;
  • Treaty making in the European Union;
  • EU and US economic diplomacy towards China;
  • The IMF and the global financial crisis.

Other interests

I am co-editor of 10 Gower Street: The Birkbeck Politics Department Blog and co-presenter of Birkbeck's British politics podcast, Westminster Watch. Among my other research interests is the relationship between politics and the arts. I convene Birkbeck’s Seminar on Politics, the Arts, Culture and Entertainment (SPACE) series and I am a member of the photography + (con) text network.

I direct the Ben Pimlott Writer in Residence Programme, which allows suitably qualified writers to spend up to a year at the Department of Politics. For further details about this programme, please see here.



  • I currently teach the following modules at Birkbeck:
    • Public Policy: Interests, Ideas and Institutions
    • Politics of European Integration
    • The Politics of Global Europe
    • Global Governance
    • Contemporary British Politics
  • I have previously contributed to the following modules at Birkbeck and elsewhere:
    • European Union: Integration, Politics and Policy (Birkbeck)
    • European Management and Political Economy (Birkbeck)
    • Comparative European Public Policy (Birkbeck)
    • EU Macroeconomic Policy and Economic Governance (College of Europe)
    • The Economics of European Integration (London South Bank)
    • International Economics (London Metropolitan University)
    • Economic Analysis of the European Union (LSE)

PhD Supervision

  • I am currently supervising PhD students working on:
    • The governance of UK alcohol policy
    • Secessionist regions in the EU
    • EU public procurement policy
  • I have successfully supervised PhD students who worked on:
    • The governance of water (Dr Patrick Coupar)
    • EU migration policy (Dr Marco Scipioni)
  • I am always keen to hear from suitably qualified applicants who are interested in doing a PhD under my supervision. If you have a PhD topic that fits with my research interests, please feel free to e-mail me.
  • I also direct Birkbeck's Politics MPhil/PhD programme and welcome general inquiries on doctoral studies at Birkbeck.

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3073 8124


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