Universität Erfurt


Matthieu Hughes, PhD

Matthieu Hughes has been a research associate at the University of Erfurt since September 2014. He studied Economics and Politics at the University of Ottawa before completing postgraduate degrees in International Relations at the University of Sussex. The subject of his postgraduate research is the role of international relations and socio-political conflict in the development of Germany’s financial system during the “long” nineteenth century (1789-1914). This research project is one aspect of his broader investigation into the socio-historical construction of economic institutions, practices and behaviour in the global political economy.   

Matthieu is happy to consider supervising bachelor’s theses within the broad areas of his research interests, as well as in the field of the Political Economy of War and Conflict, and post-1945 German Foreign Economic Policy.

Research Interests
• Political Economy of Money & Finance
• Varieties of Capitalism / Comparative Capitalism
• History of the global political economy
• International Political Economy, Historical Sociology, Economic Sociology
• Constructivist, Historical Materialist, and Post-positivist social theory

• Ph.D. International Relations, University of Sussex
• M.A.  International Relations, University of Sussex
• B. Soc.Sc. Economics & Political Science, University of Ottawa

Professional Activities
2014 ––
Research Associate / Lecturer (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter),  University of Erfurt

2012 (Oct.) – 2013 (Mar)
Visiting Doctoral Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne

Associate Tutor, University of Sussex, Brighton UK

• International Studies Association (ISA)
• British International Studies Association (BISA)
• International Political Economy Working Group (IPEG) of BISA
• European Sociological Association (ESA)
• Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN) of ESA
• European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE)
     EAEPE Coordinator for Research Area P – “Economic History”
• Society for the Advancement of Socio-economics (SASE)

Selected Publications, Papers, and Presentations
(2016). ‘Speculating on Social Change: the Socio-political roots of German universal banking in the 19th century’ EAEPE Annual Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 3rd-5th November.

(2016). The Peculiarities of Universal Banking: politics, economics and social struggle in the making of German finance. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

(2013). ‘Differential Accumulation and the Political Economy of Power,’ in Tim DiMuzio (ed). The Capitalist Mode of Power: Critical Engagements with the Power Theory of Value. Routledge: London. pp. 134-151 (with Samuel Knafo and Steffan Wyn-Jones)

(2013). ‘The Diffusion of Finance Capital: The Politics of Germany’s 19th Century Financialisation’ paper presented to the ISA annual conference 3-6 April 2013 San Francisco

(2012). ‘The Goliath of Neoclassical Economics, or, what exactly does orthodox theory do?’ Talk delivered to the Critical Political Economy Research Network Annual Meeting, 20th—21st September 2012

Alice Ratajczak, letzte Änderung: 27.05.2019



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