Business & Economics

Recently, global news outlets have been occupied by imminent climate change consequences, increased populist sentiments embedded in tariff wars and Brexit negotiations, and the slow yet powerful rise of developing nations in the political arena. While it is essential to examine the political ramifications of current affairs, analysing societal issues from an economics point of view helps us to identify the policy measures that encourage progress and avoid inefficiency, making it a crucial driver in the search for long-term sustainable growth. 

This year, the Business and Economics policy centre will be examining three essential themes throughout the first and second term. We will be delving into green finance and sustainable development, evaluating the potential for an upcoming recession, and dissecting the structure and progress of developing economies in a post-colonial context.

Our first theme, green initiatives, is rooted in the overlap between current environmental and economic policy. Questions we aim to focus on are: how can nations implement effective climate change action without compromising economic growth? Are sustainability measures disproportionately affecting the Global South? How can the market for offsetting and emissions trading be regulated and monitored for effectiveness?

Our second theme will be forecasting trends in our economy – assessing whether trade wars and deteriorating global growth have paved the way for a recession and if there are policy measures that can be taken to minimize the economic impact. UN experts have warned of the potential for a second global recession amidst rising debt and slowing GDP levels, asserting serious repercussions if countries do not coordinate their responses and implement effective economic stimulus plans. 

Our final theme will be centred around the nature of globalisation, transnational flows of capital and workers and the making and re-making of territorial borders – specifically in the context of developing nations. In a post-colonial era, have international institutions such as the IMF and WTO worked towards the betterment or detriment of developing nations? How have they overcome these challenges to become leading actors in international politics today?

The Business and Economics Policy Centre always welcomes diversity in opinion. Therefore, if you have any questions about our ongoing research studies or want to be involved in our work, please contact policycentre@kingsthinktank.org for more information.

Simran Prajapati

Director, Business and Economics Policy Centre

Our Policy Centre:

Oliver Brufal

Director

I’m a second year History student from the United Kingdom. I believe taxation policies to cure income inequality are interesting as a topic for our policy centre this year.

Email: policycentre@kingsthinktank.org

Daniella Gotuzzo Barrios

Editor

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a minor in Finance, and I am a master’s student in Emerging Economies and International Development. I am keen on exploring the relations between the developed and developing world, particularly those with the Asian and Latin American regions. I am passionate about the political economy of developing countries: as they implement creative policies and funding mechanisms that help them adapt to the ever-changing stages of development, we can draw a lesson or two on sustainability and resilience for firms and states heading into uncertain economic times.

Aleksandr Zhuralev

Researcher

My name is Aleksandr. I am a third year PPE student at King’s. My interests are clustered around macroeconomics and economics of the public sector, especially in the context of Russia and the post-Soviet bloc.

Charlotte Kemp

Liaison

I’m Charlotte, a second year Liberal Arts student majoring in History. I’ve recently become interested in the international political economy and how globalisation has created a more interconnected yet fragile global economy. I’m a keen scuba diver and love anything related to the ocean

Our Working Group:

Alex Cumming

I am a 2nd year LLB Politics, Philosophy and Law student interested in the regulation of financial technology, the use of artificial intelligence in business, and the UK’s industrial sector strategy.

Paula Arrus

My name is Paula Arrus and I am from Lima, Peru. I am a third year International Relations BA student at King’s College London. I am very curious about research regarding politics and economics in Latin America and the US. In particular, I’m interested in the relationship between governments and transnational corporations and how they can be structured in a way that fosters socioeconomic development at a national or regional level.

Marianne Odetola

I am a final year BA Geography student. I am particularly interested in the challenges that arise from pursuing constant economic growth/development in a world with finite resources and the effect that this will have in the ‘global south’.

Nikhita Swamkar

Soon to be updated!