Dr Liam Clegg



Liam joined the Department of Politics at York in October 2010, after completing his PhD at the University of Birmingham. Liam has previously spent time as a Visiting Scholar at American University, Washington DC, and as a Research Scholar at the American Political Science Association Centennial Centre, Washington DC.

In 2013 Liam was awarded the Elsevier / US-UK Fulbright Commission UK Young Researcher Award (Social Science). Further information about the Award is available through the Elsevier webpage, and in an accompanying video-clip

Liam is currently Director of Graduate Research.



Liam’s current research explores the evolving roles of international organisations (IOs) in global economic governance, focusing chiefly on the IMF and World Bank. Liam is particularly interested in the evolution of the World Bank’s approach to housing policy, and is currently completing a book exploring this topic (‘Mortgaging Development: The World Bank and the Globalisation of Housing Finance’).

Follow @LS_Clegg for updates on #housingpolicymatters and related topics.



Liam has supervised the following PhD Candidates through to completion:

  • John Mellors, ‘The Protection of Charismatic Megafauna in Indonesia’ (completed 2016, co-supervisor)
  • Will Vittery, ‘Media Narration of the UK Financial Crisis’ (completed 2016, lead supervisor)
  • Weikang Zou, ‘Corporate Governance of Banking in China (completed 2014, lead supervisor)


Liam is currently supervising the following PhD Candidates:

  • Tianruo Gao, ‘Exploring the Rise of China: A Four-Pillar Approach’ (lead supervisor)
  • Lingmin Kong, ‘Soft Power and the Rise of China’ (co-supervisor)
  • Peter Halls, ‘Geographic Information Systems: The Politics of Public Participation’ (co-supervisor)


Liam is interested in supervising additional PhD Candidates in the fields of global governance, international political economy, international relations, and cognate fields. Further information about the Department’s PhD programme can be found here.


External activities


Member, Academic Council on United Nations System (2015 - )

Consultant, Oxford Analytica (2012 - )

Contributor, House of Commons International Development Committee (2012 - )

Member, IMF Research Network (2012 - )

Contact details

Dr Liam Clegg
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 322646

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