We appear today to be witnessing a shift in critical perspectives of the study of race. While it had for a time been unusual to see intersectional approaches that synthesised the analysis of race with analyses of class, gender, (dis)ability, and sexuality, these combined approaches now form a new analytical baseline.

Recent scholarship has become adept at avoiding reductionisms of various kinds, and seeing racial identities and economic forces, for example, as parts of complex systems that reveal long-term patterns as well as continuous change. One of the primary conceptual nodes around which this revival has been structured is that of racial capitalism, as theorised by the Black radical tradition. Although this concept has attracted an enormous amount of excellent scholarship, does it offer a stable sense of what the critical study of racial capitalism could or should encompass?

In an effort to stimulate discussion on this and related matters, the ISRF has launched a research programme on Political Economy and Race. The intention of this programme is to bring together and further ongoing research into the ways racial imaginaries operate at the level of political economy, broadly construed.


A one-day symposium in which participants sketched existing debates in political economy and race, identifying their limits, and exploring the obstacles facing scholarship in this area. Special attention was paid to the role that the ISRF can specifically play in supporting critical research and researchers. Intended as an informal agenda-setting event, participants’ ideas are expected to have a formative influence on the eventual contours of the Political Economy and Race research programme. 

Participants included:
  • Ilias Alami
    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, Uppsala University
  • Elena Baglioni
    Reader in Global Supply Chain Management, Queen Mary University of London
  • Ali Bhagat
    Assistant Professor in Global Development Studies, Saint Mary’s University
  • Levi Gahman
    Reader in Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool
  • Avery Gordon
    Visiting Professor, School of Law, Birkbeck University of London
  • Chris Hesketh
    Reader in International Political Economy, Oxford Brookes University
  • Lara Montesinos Coleman
    Reader in International Relations, Law and Development, University of Sussex
  • Ashli Mullen
    Postdoctoral Tutor in Sociology, University of Glasgow
  • Manjeet Ramgotra
    Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, SOAS University of London
  • Costis Repapis
    Lecturer in Economics, Goldsmiths University of London
  • Jonathan Saha
    Associate Professor of South Asian History, Durham University
  • Gábor Scheiring
    Central European University, Democracy Institute
  • Francesca Sobande
    Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Studies, Cardiff University
  • Mehroosh Tak
    Lecturer in Agribusiness, Royal Veterinary College
  • Ragupathy Venkatachalam
    Senior Lecturer in Economics, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Elian Weizman
    Senior Lecturer in International Relations, London South Bank University
  • Joy White
    Lecturer in Applied Social Studies, University of Bedfordshire


A two-day workshop organised by Flexible Grants for Small Groups recipients Vincent Guermond, Ilias Alami & Ali Bhagat. The organisers aim to develop a self-reflexive and open political economy of money and finance sensitive to race and coloniality, one that grounds its understanding of the color of money at the financial frontier in capitalism’s ‘inherently racializing capacities’ (Virdee, 2019:9) on the one hand, and is adapted to tackle the racialized inequalities of our time on the other.

Participants included:
  • Rafeef Ziadah
    Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, King’s College London
  • Gargi Bhattacharyya
    Professor of Sociology, University of East London
  • Nithya Natajaran
    Lecturer in International Development, King’s College London
  • Rachel Phillips
    PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia
  • Lama Tawakkol
    Lecturer in International Relations, University of Manchester
  • Ida Danewid
    Lecturer in Gender and Global Political Economy, University of Sussex
  • Nick Bernards
    Associate Professor of Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick
  • Maria Dyveke Styve
    Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow, European University Institute
  • Stefan Ouma
    Professor of Economic Geography, University of Bayreuth
  • Ben Mkalama
    Research Fellow, University of Nairobi
  • Ali Bhagat
    Assistant Professor in Global Development Studies, St Mary’s University
  • Ilias Alami
    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Uppsala University


A two-day event celebrating the launch of Arun Kundnani’s What Is Antiracism? More details to be confirmed soon.

Contacting Fellows

If you would like to contact any of our Fellows to discuss their ISRF-funded work, please contact Dr Lars Cornelissen (Academic Editor) in the first instance, at [email protected].