Dr Chris Hesketh

Reader in International Political Economy and Programme Lead for International Relations, Politics and Sociology

School of Social Sciences

Chris Hesketh


Chris Hesketh is a Reader in International Political Economy. He received his BA, MA and PhD all from the University of Nottingham. Before joining Oxford Brookes in 2012 he taught at the University of Nottingham and at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has an inter-disciplinary research agenda that combines international political economy, the historical sociology of international relations, political geography, political theory and Latin American studies. In 2019 he was awarded an ISRF fellowship in Political Economy to further his research on Indigenous movements in Latin America.

His current research interests are in the following areas:

  1. Historical Materialist approaches to Political Economy.  
  2. Questions of state and class formation in Latin America linked to colonial and neo-colonial structures of power. Specifically here he has utilised the work of Antonio Gramsci and neo-Gramscians scholars, drawing on key Gramscian concepts such as hegemony, historical bloc and moreover, passive revolution to understand the development of Mexico and Bolivia in the 20th century to the present.
  3. Indigenous resistance to neo-extractivist development and the formation of 'counter-spaces'. Empirically this draws from fieldwork that he has conducted in Mexico and Bolivia.


Research grants and awards

ISRF Political Economy Fellowship 2019-2020



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