Jeff Powell

Jeff Powell HBA (Honours Business Administration), MA, MSc, PGCHE, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Jeff Powell joined the University of Greenwich in 2014 as a Senior Lecturer in Economics. He is a member of the Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (PEGFA) and the Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC). He is a founding member of Reteaching Economics.  

He completed doctoral studies in economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His research looked at the distinctive nature of the financialisation of emerging capitalist economies, with a focus on the changes in the funding and investment behaviour of Mexican non-financial firms.  

Previously, Jeff worked as Policy & Campaigns Director of UK development NGO War on Want, and was Director of the UK NGO the Bretton Woods Project, scrutinising the policies and projects of the international financial institutions. He has extensive experience in community-led economic development projects from Southeast Asia to Latin America.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Programme Leader: BSc Economics, BSC Economics with Banking and BA Business Economics
  • Programme Leader, Undergraduate Economics
  • Macroeconomics 1, Module leader
  • History of Economic Thought, Module co-leader
  • Monetary Economics, BSc Economics, Module leader
  • Member PEGFA/GPERC

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Financialisation; financialisation in emerging capitalist economies; financialisation of the non-financial firm; firm financing and investment
  • Monetary economics and monetary policy
  • Theories of finance and development; history of economic thought
  • Contemporary financing of development; private sector financing; international financial institutions; global economic governance; governance of international finance
  • Financialisation and public services
  • Regional expertise: Latin America (Mexico, Argentina); Southeast Asia (Thailand)
  • Panel time series; SNA and flow of funds analysis; stock-flow consistent macro-modelling; semi-structured interviewing; mixed methods

Recent publications


Yurchenko, Yuliya and , Powell, Jeffrey (2019), The evolution of private provision in urban drinking water: New geographies, institutional ambiguity and the need for political economy. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, New Political Economy, 25 (1) . pp. 91-106 ISSN: 1356-3467 (Print), 1469-9923 (Online) (doi:

Powell, Jeff and , (2013), Review of: Thomas Marois, States, Banks and Crisis: Emerging Finance Capitalism in Mexico and Turkey. Cambridge University Press. In: , , , . Cambridge University Press, Journal of Latin American Studies, 45 (1) . pp. 169-170 ISSN: 0022-216X (Print), 1469-767X (Online) (doi:

Lapavitsas, Costas and , Powell, Jeff (2013), Financialisation varied: A comparative analysis of advanced economies. Oxford University Press. In: , , , . Oxford University Press, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 6 (3) . pp. 359-379 ISSN: 1752-1378 (Print), 1752-1386 (Online) (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Book section

Bonizzi, Bruno and , Powell, Jeff (2020), What causes economic crises? And what can we do about them?. Red Globe Press. In: , , In: Kevin Deane, Elisa Van Waeyenberge (eds.), Recharting the History of Economic Though. Red Globe Press, London, UK . pp. 167-181 . ISBN: 9781137605245 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Bonizzi, Bruno , Kaltenbrunner, Annina, Powell, Jeff (2020), Subordinate financialization in emerging capitalist economies. Routledge. In: , , In: Philip Mader, Daniel Mertens, Natascha van der Zwan (eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Financializatio. Routledge, London, UK (1st) . ISBN: 9781138308213 (doi:

Powell, Jeffrey and , (2018), Towards a Marxist theory of financialized capitalism. OUP USA. In: , , In: Matt Vidal, Tony Smith, Paul Prew, Tomás Rotta (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Karl Mar. OUP USA, New York . ISBN: 9780190695545 (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Powell, Jeff and , (2013), El sub-financiamiento y la financiarización en México: ¿Paradoja mexicana o una parábola de economías con ingreso medio?. UNAM. In: , , In: Noemi Levy, Teresa López (eds.), Financiarización y modelo de acumulación. Aportes desde los países en desarroll. UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico . pp. 261-290 . ISBN: 9786070249914 (doi: NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Working paper

Bonizzi, Bruno , Kaltenbrunner, Annina, Powell, Jeffrey (2019), Subordinate financialization in emerging capitalist economies. University of Greenwich Business School. In: , , , . University of Greenwich Business School, London (doi:

Powell, Jeffrey and , (2018), Towards a Marxist theory of financialised capitalism. University of Greenwich Business School. In: , , , . University of Greenwich Business School, London (doi:

Powell, Jeff and , (2016), PPPs and the SDGs: Don’t believe the hype. Public Services International. In: , , , . Public Services International, London (doi: