Political Studies Professor Jacqueline Best was awarded a major international academic award, the Leverhulme Visiting Professorship. This professorship will take Professor Best to the University of Sheffield’s top-ranked Politics and International Studies Department and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) for the first four months of 2019.
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Each year, the Leverhulme Trust offers a limited number of Visiting Professorships to enable outstandingly distinguished academics based in overseas universities to spend time at UK higher education institutions.This visiting professorship will produce a new research program on the innovative theme "Post-neoliberalism," and develop new research on economic liberalism, finance and economic practices. At a moment of massive uncertainty and instability, the project will re-examine neoliberalism in the context of rising illiberalism around the globe to consider how we assess the past and future of economic liberalism. An internationally-recognized scholar whose scholarship combines the insights of international political economy and social theory to produce rigorous analyses of how economic institutions and practices evolve, Professor Best is ideally suited to examine these questions, and in so doing to contribute significantly to the work of SPERI and scholars at Sheffield. This visit will result in: a new ‘Post-neoliberalism’ research program at SPERI; a related workshop and special issue submission; a roundtable bringing together Editorial Board members of the two leading political economy journals (with outputs to be published in both journals); collaborations with individual researchers leading to co-authored pieces for international journals; public lectures; a series of blogposts and SPERI Policy Briefs and contributions to undergraduate and post-graduate teaching.
Professor Best will showcase the University of Ottawa’s research strengths in her Leverhulme Lectures and other communications during her visit. As one of the goals of the visiting professorship is to establish the foundations for ongoing collaborative research, she is expecting that this will be the beginning of a series of international collaborative research projects, publications and grant applications with both SPERI and their main research partners, Sciences Po and the University of Amsterdam.