Dr Stuart Shields - Research
My main research interests lie in International Political Economy and how the global economy is governed. I have spent the last decade focused on Eastern Europe and post-communist transition, in particular how neoliberalism was configured in Poland after 1989. In recent years I have explored some of the variety of responses to neoliberalism in Eastern Europe especially why resistance has often been populist, right wing and nationalist. My current (and future) research is concerned with regional development banks and the intellectual and financial advice they provide to countries. Following on from my work on Poland, I am most interested in the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Eastern Europe's regional development bank.
Current Research Projects:
My current work is focused on two main projects
- A political economy of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). This project explores the influence and impact of the EBRD in advising post-communist governments, and its more recent activities in Central Asia and the Middle East/North Africa.
- Resistance to neoliberalism in Eastern Europe. This project analyses the way that a new left is being established in Eastern Europe since the so-called global financial crisis. I am particulalry interested in the way that a Polish organisation callled Political Critique/Krytyka Polityczna has been able to create an intellectual and physical space for alternative ideas about post-communist society to emerge.