Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce

Key information

Department of Politics and International Studies Programme Convenor BSc Politics, Philosophy and Economics Department of Politics and International Studies Reader (Associate Professor) in International Political Economy
BA (London); MPhil, DPhil (Oxon)
Russell Square, College Buildings
P293 (2nd floor Main Building).
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Thesis title
‘Uncovering Symbolic Power in the World Trade Organization’
Support hours
Mondays: 14.15-15.15
Wednesdays: 14.00-15.00


Dr Matthew Eagleton-Pierce is a Reader (Associate Professor) in International Political Economy at SOAS University of London. He previously taught at the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, and the University of Exeter. He has also held a Visiting Fellow position at the MaxPo Center at Sciences Po Paris.

All his research has been preoccupied with understanding the forms of power in capitalism, with a particular interest around the nexus between material and symbolic power. His core empirical work at present is focused on the political economy of the City of London as a major centre of global commerce. Prior research concentrated on two other areas of capitalism: (1) trade (WTO; NGOs and trade policy); and (2) ideology (neoliberalism, the politics of managerialism). His disciplinary location is within international political economy and international political sociology. He is the author of Symbolic Power in the World Trade Organization (Oxford, 2013) and Neoliberalism: The Key Concepts (Routledge, 2016). He has published in Review of International Political Economy, New Political Economy, International Political Sociology, Competition & Change, EPA: Economy and Space, and Millennium: Journal of International Studies, among others. He received a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford (ESRC Funded).

Dr Eagleton-Pierce is very interested to receive offers for supervising PhD studies in the field of international political economy and the wider study of global capitalism.


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Key publications

  • Eagleton-Pierce, M., ‘Uncovering the City of London Corporation: Territory and Temporalities in the New State Capitalism', EPA: Economy and Space, First published online March 8, 2022.

Research interests

  • Political economy of global capitalism
  • International political sociology
  • Political economy of the City of London
  • Political economy of international trade ( particularly WTO, NGOs and trade policy)
  • Ideologies and capitalism (particularly neoliberalism)
  • Work of Pierre Bourdieu

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Malaika Robinson Slogans and Strategies: Discursive Power Politics and the US-China Trade War
Daniel Thumpston The digital silk road in the EU: Securitisation and the delegitimation of Chinese economic power


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