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Dr Andreasson’s research background is in comparative politics and southern African politics, as well as international political economy and history of political thought in terms of how these fields help us understand political transitions, development, democratisation and the evolving nature of the postcolonial world, including more recently also the United States.

He is currently researching energy transitions and the future of fossil fuels, including sub-Saharan Africa's energy markets in the context of the competition between Western (especially US) oil and gas companies and those of the emerging powers.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • political economy of development in Africa 
  • energy transitions and the future of fossil fuels
  • politics and political economy of South Africa
  • American Political Development (selected aspects, including energy politics and comparative approaches to race and inequality in South Africa and the American South)
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Externally funded research projects at Queen’s include:
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), World Economy and Finance Programme:
    ‘Regulatory Regime Change in World Financial Markets: The Case of Sarbanes-Oxley’
  • British Academy: ‘Anglo-American Conservatism and African Development’
  • Nuffield Foundation: ‘Representing Africa: South Africa’s Quest for Emerging Market Status and Its Implications for African Development’


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Politics and International Studies

Risk and Inequality

Research students

PhD Title: State-Business Relations and Economic Transition in the Modern World-System: A Comparative Study of South Africa and Zimbabwe

Name: Sinan Baran
Years of Study: 2016 - present
Country: Turkey

PhD Title: The political economy of SME finance in post-crash U.K.

Name: Gerard Gallagher
Years of Study: 2016 - present
Country: UK


PhD Title: The Rise of “Green” China: A Comparative Study of Beijing's Modern Energy Policy in the Global South

Name: Ryan McClean
Years of Study: 2017 - present
Country: UK

Alumni: where are they now?

Nicolas Marcoux

DGov Title: Impact of philanthropic and private donors on Irish foreign aid

Years of Study: 2008 - 2011
Country: France
Current position: Senior Governance Specialist, Institute of Public Administration, Dublin (previously at European Union Commission)

Sarah Hamiduddin

PhD Title: From aid effectiveness to development cooperation: the inclusion of non-state actors in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

Years of Study: 2012-16
Country: UK
Current position: : Governance Director, Amnesty International (previously at UNICEF and WHO)

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