Elizabeth Cobbett is lecturer of international relations and international political economy at the University of East Anglia since 2013. Elizabeth completed her Ph.D. at Carleton University, Ottawa (2012) and her MPPPA (2006) and undergraduate studies at Concordia University, Montreal. Her current research project, Growth of African Financial Networks, focuses on contemporary developments in banking and finance within Africa. More specifically, her work examines the different ways in which global finance seeks profitable opportunities within localized social structures. Working within the tradition of Fernand Braudel, this analytical approach amplifies the significance of cultural and social factors that are often ignored by mainstream approaches to the political economy of global finance. Elizabeth is recipient of the ISA Robert and Jesse Cox 2012 Graduate Essay Award, a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s CGS Doctoral Scholarship in 2007, the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada: Graduate Student Award of Merit in 2004, as well being the winner of the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada essay competition: Canada’s Experience with NAFTA.
PhD (2012) Carleton University, Ottawa
South Africa in the New World Order: Power, Finance and Society
MPPA (2006) Concordia University, Montreal
It Takes Two to Tango: Can Brazil and the U.S. Dance to the Same Regional Beat?
BA (2003) Concordia University, Montreal
Gatekeepers of financial power: from London to Lagos,
in Third World Thematics: A TWQ JournalFull Text UEA Repository
(E-pub ahead of print)
Globalization and the health of Canadians: ‘Having a job is the most important thing’,
in Globalization and Health
article no. 19Full Text UEA Repository
in Making Things International : Circuits and Motion.
University of Minnesota Press
ISBN 978-0-8166-9625-3, 978-0-8166-9626-0Full Text UEA Repository
Motsepe’s Gift: or how Philanthropy serves Capitalism in South Africa,
in Selected Themes in African Studies: Political Conflict and Stability.
ISBN 978-3-319-06001-9UEA Repository
Johannesburg: Financial ‘Gateway’ to Africa,
in The Power of Cities in International Relations.
Occupy Wall Street and International Political Economy: insights and implications,
in Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies
pp. 110-113UEA Repository
Public Services: Making Bonds between Government(s) and Finance,
in Capitalism and Confrontation: Critical Perspectives.
Red Quill Books
pp. 137-152UEA Repository
The Shaping of Islamic Finance in South Africa: Public Islam and Muslim Publics,
in Journal of Islamic Studies
pp. 29-59UEA Repository
The South African Reserve Bank and the Telling of Monetary Stories,
pp. 67-98UEA Repository
Deeper North American Integration? Putting the Horse Back before the Cart,Full Text
Key Research Interests
My research engages with the political economy of global finance within the African context. Using a critical analytical lens, I examine the ways in which global finance seeks profitable opportunities within localised structures. This amplifies the significance of social factors often ignored by mainstream approaches. Present research focuses on the growth of key African financial hubs – South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. The need for African financial and business gateways as a base from which firms can conduct business operations is growing, accentuated by the fact that foreign investment is no longer concentrated in isolated countries but is spreading throughout the continent. This broad project includes research on innovations in technology and finance.
Global political economy, global finance, African international relations, global political economy of emerging powers, international relations theory. As a lecturer, I work towards creating a strong community of scholarship to foster a vibrant environment for students and to reinforce research networks and affiliations.
- Director of Internationalisation
- Joint course director PSI MA International Relations and Development Studies (2014)