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Dr Peg Murray-Evans



Peg became a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations in 2019. Prior to this, she held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for a project titled Talking power: South Africa and the pursuit of legitimacy in the global order.

She received her PhD from the University of York in 2015. Before this, she completed an MA (in Research Methods in Politics and International Relations) and a BA (in International Relations and Politics) at the University of Sheffield.

Peg has also spent time as a visiting researcher at the University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.



Peg’s research is focused on the role of power, ideas and institutions in the politics of international trade and development, with a regional focus on Africa. Her latest project focuses on the politics of emerging initiatives to promote equitable access to vaccines through local production in Africa. Peg previously completed work on the local production of pharmaceuticals in East Africa as part of the Thanzi la Onse (Health of All) project. She has also published research on EU trade negotiations with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and on the future of the UK’s trade with developing countries after Brexit. Her 2019 book is titled Power in North South Trade Negotiations: Making the European Union's Economic Partnership Agreements (Routledge) and her work has been published in European Journal of International Relations, New Political Economy, Third World Quarterly and The Round Table.

A full list of her publications can be found here.

Peg is currently supervising PhD students working on topics including

  • Power and aid fragmentation in Malawi
  • Regionalism and Sexual and Reproductive Health in Africa
  • The politics of regional parliaments in West Africa
  • The determinants of elite attitudes to trade in the United States



Peg’s teaching reflects her interest in the politics of the global economy and the ways in which it is shaped by changing constellations of power, ideas and institutions.

In the 2022-23 academic year she is teaching on and convening the modules:



Other teaching

Peg is also chair of the Politics Department’s Teaching Committee in 2022-23.

External activities


Peg has contributed to policy and public debates around a range of issues related to the politics of trade and development in Africa and beyond. She has twice given evidence to the UK House of Commons International Trade Committee (on trade with the Commonwealth and the ‘grandfathering’ of Economic Partnership Agreements after Brexit) as well as giving presentations on the future of UK trade with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department of International Trade and the Department for International Development. She has also published numerous commentary and opinion pieces, including in The Conversation and LSE Comment.

Contact details

Peg Murray-Evans
Department of Politics and International Relations
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323518

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