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History and Political Economy of Business and Finance

Introduction

The History and Political Economy (HYPE) of Business and Finance is a research cluster based in The Open University Business School. It brings together scholars who aim at developing a critical approach to business and financial theory.

HYPE puts forward an interdisciplinary research agenda using insights from the perspective of political economy (i.e. an interdisciplinary approach to the relations among individuals, governments, and public policy) and history.

Our aims

HYPE is founded on three main objectives:

  • to provide a critical understanding of the main contemporary issues and challenges facing business and society, such as the rising inequalities, the environmental crisis, and the rise of platform capitalism
  • to establish communication links, dialogue, and knowledge exchange between academics, businesses, and policy makers
  • to demonstrate the practical value of history and political economy in dealing with a series of contemporary challenges

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People

Staff PhD Students External Members
Dr Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos (Director) José Bruno Fevereiro Dr Ariane Agunsoye
Dr Matthew Haigh Carolyn Keber Dr Carry Van Lieshout 
Dr Michael Oliver Antonis Kyparissis  
Professor Janette Rutterford Demetrios Pachnis  
Dr Daniele Tori Davide Villani  
Dr Shraddha Verma    

Events

HYPE Webinar Series

This series of webinars will investigate different aspects of the challenges we face in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar series will be focused on an interdisciplinary research agenda using insights from political economy and history.

The webinars will take place via Microsoft Teams. Everybody is welcome and participation is free, but registration is required. If you want to attend the webinars, please email us.

Past events organised under the Open Political Economy Group (OPEG)


Recent Publications