Heikki Patomäki

Professor of World Politics
Founding member of the Helsinki Centre for Global Political Economy

Patomäki’s research interests include philosophy, methodology of social sciences, economic theory, global political economy, futures studies, and global justice and democracy. He has published more than 20 books and 200 research papers as well as numerous popular articles and blogs. Patomäki’s most recent monographs in English are Disintegrative Tendencies in Global Political Economy: Exits and Conflicts (Routledge, 2018) and The Great Eurozone Disaster: From Crisis to Global New Deal (Zed Books, 2013). A new book, Timeless Economics. Bringing Real Time Back In, with Jamie Morgan, is forthcoming in 2021.

Patomäki has worked as a full professor also at the Nottingham Trent University, UK (1998-2003); at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia (2007-10); and as a visiting professor at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan (2012). In addition, he is a Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters (2018-) and Life Member of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge (2020-). He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the EuroMemo Group for 2020-21.


Matti Ylönen

University Lecturer in World Politics 
Founding member of Helsinki Centre for Global Political Economy

Matti Ylönen works as a University Lecturer in World Politics at the University of Helsinki. Ylönen defended his PhD in World Politics in 2018 at the same university. Currently, he is on research leave at Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance at the Tallinn University of Technology. His work has focused on a range of different topics such evolutionary approach to corporate power, global tax avoidance and its facilitators, global development issues, the history of economic ideas, and the ways in which the growing role of policy consultancies shape our democracies.

Before starting his PhD, Ylönen published several books in Finnish on issues such as tax havens, European debt crisis, and the Bretton Woods institutions. University of Helsinki granted the 2019 PhD dissertation award to Ylönen’s thesis, and one of his articles won the 2015 Amartya Sen Prize awarded by Yale University. Among other positions of trust, Ylönen has acted as the chair of the Finnish Society for Political Economy Research and is a member of the publication committee of the academic book publishing company Vastapaino. 

Hanna Kuusela

Academy researcher (Tampere University)
Founding member of Helsinki Centre for Global Political Economy

Hanna Kuusela is a Cultural Studies scholar working in the intersection of culture and economy. She currently works as an Academy Research Fellow at the Tampere Research Centre for Journalism, Media and Communication, at Tampere University. Her research interests include economic elites, cultural analysis of capital, consultocracy, and contemporary cultural formations. Kuusela's multidisciplinary work has appeared, for example, in such journals as Governance, New Formations, Sociological Review, Sociology and Critical Arts. She has also published several monographs in Finnish, for example, a book on the top 0.1% of earners in Finland. She is also a member of the Academic Board at Tampere University and an active advocate of democratic decision-making in universities.

She received her PhD in 2011 from Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College and has worked at the University of Turku and Tampere University.

S.M. Amadae

University Lecturer in World Politics                                                                                      

S. M. Amadae is currently a university lecturer in world politics at the University of Helsinki, Finland and a Berggruen Fellow working as a research affiliate at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Social and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She also holds appointments as research affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge; and research affiliate in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT.  Her publications include Prisoners of Reason:  Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and the award winning Rationalizing Capitalist Democracy: Cold War Origins of Rational Choice Liberalism (University of Chicago Press, 2003).  Amadae recently contributed to The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Strategic Stability and Nuclear Risk  (SIPRI, 2019) from the perspective of reducing existential risk of accidental or inadvertent nuclear war. She also published the collected volume Computational Transformation of the Public Sphere with students from the MA program in Global Politics and Communication.  Other research initiatives include developing a model to better understand a mechanism of structural discrimination and evolutionary principles of domination.

Teivo Teivainen

Professor of World Politics                                                                                             

Teivo Teivainen is Professor of World Politics at the University of Helsinki. His research interests include economism, freedom, colonialism, corporate power, and the future of democracy. His book Enter Economism, Exit Politics received Hopkins Award of the American Sociological Association and his article coauthored with Matti Ylönen, “Politics of Intra-Firm Trade”, got Amartya Sen Prize of Yale University. In Finland, he has received J.V. Snellman Public Information Award; Pro-Feminism Award; and Academy of Finland Recognition Award. He currently leads an Academy of Finland project on transnational non-state representation and works on Finnish corporate extractivism in Uruguay.

He has chaired the International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association. His past duties also include Head of the Political Science Department at University of Helsinki; Visiting Professor of Economics at Catholic University of Peru; Distinguished Visiting Professor in International Development at Saint Mary’s University in Canada, apart from other visiting professorships in North and South America. He regularly appears on TV and radio programs, and his recent interviews range from the New York Times, Financial Times or Xinhua News to smaller media outlets in various parts of the world.

Monique Taylor

University Lecturer in World Politics

Monique Taylor is a University Lecturer in World Politics at the University of Helsinki. Her research lies at the intersection of global political economy and international relations. Taylor focuses on questions of governance and institutional change, which she has examined with reference to aspects of China’s political economy, Southeast Asian regionalism and the evolving policy agenda of the BRICS. Her latest research looks at cyber sovereignty and the growth of the digital economy in China. Taylor’s work has been published in a range of international scholarly journals and edited volumes. In 2014, her book titled The Chinese State, Oil and Energy Security was published by Palgrave Macmillan. This book received positive reviews in top academic journals including The China Quarterly.

Taylor has previously held the positions of research fellow at the National University of Singapore, postdoctoral fellow at Nanyang Technological University, and lecturer at the University of Queensland. She received her PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Queensland.

William Mitchell

Professor of Economics (University of Newcastle)
Docent in Global Political Economy (University of Helsinki)

Professor William Mitchell holds the Chair in Economics and is the Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), an official research centre at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He also is the Docent Professor in Global Political Economy at the University of Helsinki. He is one of the founders of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). He has an established record in macroeconomics, labour market studies, econometric modelling, regional economics and economic development. He has received regular research grant support from the national competitive grants schemes in Australia and has been an Expert Assessor of International Standing for the Australian Research Council.

 He is the author of various books, including Eurozone Dystopia (Elgar, 2015) and Reclaiming the State (Pluto, 2017). His most recent book - Macroeconomics - (with L.R. Wray and M. Watts) was published by Macmillan in February 2019. He has published widely in refereed academic journals and books and regularly is invited to give Keynote conference presentations in Australia and abroad. He has extensive experience as a consultant to the Australian government, trade unions and community organisations, and several international organisations (including the European Commission; the International Labour Organisation and the Asian Development Bank).




Andreas Bieler

Professor of Political Economy (University of Nottingham)
Visiting Professor (University of Helsinki 2019-2020)

Andreas Bieler is Professor of Political Economy at the School of Politics and International Relations and Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at the University of Nottingham. His general expertise is in the area of International Relations/International Political Economy theories and the analysis of European integration as well as resistance to neo-liberal globalisation with a particular emphasis on the possible role of trade unions and labour movements understood in a broad sense. Together with Adam D. Morton, he is author of the research monograph Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis (CUP, 2018). During his Fellowship at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 2019/2020, Andreas has been completing his book on Fighting for Public Water in Europe (Zed Books, forthcoming).

Magnus Ryner

Professor of International Political Economy (King’s College London)
Research Director, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2020-2021).

Magnus Ryner is Professor of International Political Economy and former Head of Department of European and International Studies at King’s College London. His research interests include international political economy and social theory; the political economy of work, welfare, and inequality; European political economy and the political economy of the EU as well as Europe in the emerging world order. His most recent monograph is The European Union and Global Capitalism: Origins, Development, Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) (with Alan Cafruny). He is using his tenure as Research Director at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies to launch a new research project titled Lost Decades: Germany, the United States and the Political Economy of Transatlantic Relations after Bretton Woods. He is co-editor-in-chief of the new journal Global Political Economy and a member of the Steering Committee of the EuroMemo Group.