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Simon Sweeney
Reader in International Political Economy and Business



I joined York Management School full time in January 2011. I lecture on International Political Economy (IPE), international business, and the international business environment. I was previously at Sheffield Hallam University and at York St John University.  I’ve a long association with York, being a graduate (MA Linguistics and ELT, 1990) and working as an Associate Lecturer in three departments over several years.

In 2019 I was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the HEA/Advance HE. I am a Certified Management and Business Educator (Chartered Association of Business Schools).

In 2006 I won a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I have always had a multidisciplinary approach to my work, having taught politics and International Relations, management, teacher training, English Language Teaching, modern foreign languages, European studies, and education studies.

Between 2006-13 I was one of 15 UK Socrates Erasmus Bologna Experts sponsored by the European Commission and the British Council. This involved promoting reform in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). I am the author of Europe, the State and Globalisation (Longman, 2005; Routledge, 2016) and numerous books in the field of English Language Teaching and Business Communication.

I am the School’s International Students Coordinator and have a career-long interest in student mobility and internationalization.  

I occasionally run half marathons and like listening to the music of Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, and Radiohead.

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation

Departmental roles

Joint Head of Work Management and Organisation Group



My PhD at the University of Leeds in the School of Politics and International Studiers was on the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The study explored relationships between power, bureaucratic politics, and Grand Strategy.

My main field of research and published work is European security and defence. I am interested in the politics of European Integration and the role of international institutions in the context of contemporary economic globalisation. I also engage in contemporary debate on the future of Europe and European security.

In addition, I research and write about pedagogy (teaching and learning practice) in relation to the student experience and internationalisation of higher education.



Selected publications


Full publications list

BOOKS and book chapters

JOURNAL ARTICLES European and international studies

HIGHER EDUCATION teaching and learning, and internationalisation

THINKTANK commentary articles

Sweeney, S. (2019) ‘Security, defence and Brexit: shared collateral damage for the UK and the EU’ Commentary 2 December. KCL: UK in a Changing Europe. Link.






External activities


Simon Sweeney

University of York Management School
University of York
Church Lane Building
York Science Park
York YO10 5ZF

Tel: +44 (0) 1904 325063
Room: CL/A/141

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I teach mainly on postgraduate programmes in International Business and Strategic Management, especially International Political Economy and International Business. I also contribute to M-level online programmes, teaching strategy, and a module on the international business environment which explores trade, governance, and the role of international organisations. 

I have a strong interest in supervision, especially in supporting students on work placements, and visiting students who come to York through our international partnerships with universities around the world.