menu

School of Business and Management

Staff menu

Dr Liam Campling

Liam

Senior Lecturer in Political Economy

Email: l.campling@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8988
Room Number: Room 3.37, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus

Profile

Student drop-in and feedback hours
Thursday 2-4pm

Role
Programme Director International Business and Politics MSc
Director of the Centre on Labour and Global Production (CLGP)


I joined Queen Mary in September 2009. I am interested in the theory, politics and industrial organisation of the business enterprise and global value chains; international trade policy, its negotiation and relationship to global production; and the political economy of development and the environment. I am currently working on a project that looks at the relationship between capitalism and the sea, both historically and theoretically.

In addition to academic research I have undertaken commissioned research on a range of themes including trade policy, social policy and industry analysis for a variety of organisations, such as the Commonwealth Secretariat; Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission; International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development; International Transport Workers Federation; and United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. I have also worked part-time for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) since 2007 as an advisor on the global tuna industry and international trade policy.

I have a PhD in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a MA(Econ) in Political Development (Distinction) and a BA(Hons) in Politics and Modern History (First), both from the University of Manchester.

Public Engagement

Liam's  research on the global tuna industry, the international trade regime and developing countries, and his ongoing policy collaboration with development agencies, trade unions and NGOs (a combination of commissioned and pro-bono work), has contributed to several impacts. Three sets of impacts were highlighted in his REF2016 Case Study: (1) influencing trade policy, regulation and legislation to support developing countries, including at the WTO; (2) improving labour conditions in tuna processing facilities in Papua New Guinea (PNG); and, (3) influencing public debate and understanding of fisheries industry and policy. Read more on this here: http://impact.ref.ac.uk/CaseStudies/CaseStudy.aspx?Id=19103

Liam has undertaken external commissioned research for a number of organisations: Board of Investment of Mauritius; Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA); Commonwealth Secretariat; Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission; East African Community; European Parliament; International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD); International Transport Workers Federation; Marine Resources Assessment Group;  Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seychelles; Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA); Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat; Seychelles Fishing Authority; United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); TradeMark Southern Africa.

Postgraduate Teaching

My teaching draws on the fields of economic geography, international political economy, development studies, and international business. I teach across all levels, from first year undergraduate to masters’ modules and PhD training. My teaching is particularly focused on linking (and finding tensions among) theory, policy and practice, including state regulation, the strategies of big business, and tracing processes of change in the world economy. This is closely linked to my research and policy work on multinational enterprises, international trade, the political economy of industrial development, and environmental change.

I have had a good track record of student and peer feedback on my teaching and learning practices. I carefully align content with modes of assessment, and unfold and interrogate theory and concepts through country and sectoral case studies. My non-academic work with governments, international organisations, NGOs and trade unions feeds directly into my teaching practice in the form of examples and anecdotes which, I hope, bring to life some of the more abstract or faceless issues, institutions and processes that I explore with students.

Research

Research Interests:

My empirical research focuses on the global connections which construct, exploit and sustain resource extraction, and form the socially and ecologically fraught foundations of the multi-billion dollar tuna industry. My framework for analysing the global processes shaping the tuna industry stresses the intersection of business decisions, geopolitical relations, state-firm relations and conservation efforts. My research shows the interconnectedness of problems: the role of multinational firms in tropical tuna fisheries and how this shapes and is shaped by layered relations downstream the commodity chain through to retail; hierarchy in the international state system in shaping fisheries trade and resource access policies; and the strategies available for developing countries to capture equitable and environmentally sustainable, socio-economic benefits from this industry. My recent theoretical contributions include development of the ‘commodity frontier’ concept and its extension to dynamics of industrial organisation (Campling 2012), critique of the linear bias of industrial upgrading discourse and policy (Havice and Campling 2013), and original investigation into the concept of property in the sea (Campling and Havice 2014).

Editorial Work:

  • Editor of Journal of Agrarian Change (since January 2016) (formely Book Reviews Editor, 2007-2015).
  • Corresponding Editor (since 2011) for Historical Materialism (previously member of Editorial Board since 2004).
  • Advisory Editorial Board (since 2010) for Marxism21, journal based at Institute for Social Sciences, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea.
  • Jonathan Pattenden, Liam Campling, Satoshi Miyamura, and Ben Selwyn (2016), ‘Class Dynamics of Development’, special double issue of Third World Quarterly, 37(10):  1745-1941.
  • Campling, Liam and Jens Lerche (ed.) (2016), ‘The Political Economy of Agrarian Change: Essays in Appreciation of Henry Bernstein’, special issue of Journal of Agrarian Change, 16(3): 365–500.
  • Campling, Liam (ed.) (2016) 'The Political Ecology of Agrarian Change' (virtual issue), Journal of Agrarian Change.
  • Campling, Liam (ed.) (2013), Symposium on Jairus Banaji’s Theory as History, Historical Materialism, 21(4): 3-143.
  • Campling, Liam, Elizabeth Havice and Penny Howard (eds.) (2012) double issue symposium of Journal of Agrarian Change on ‘The Political Economy and Ecology of Capture Fisheries’, 12 (2-3): 177-457.
  • Campling, Liam (ed.) (2010), Symposium on Giovanni Arrighi’s Adam Smith in Beijing, Historical Materialism, 18(1): 31-129.
  • Campling, Liam (ed.), (2004) ‘Marxism and African Realities’, special symposium of Historical Materialism, 12(4): 51-425.

Grants, contracts, awards and external publications:

Academic Awards and Prizes:

  • 2014 EuroMarine award (€15,000) for 'Building scenarios for the sustainability of global oceanic ecosystems and fisheries', with Dr Olivier Maury (lead, Institut de recherche pour le Développement, IRD), Dr Laurence Bopp (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, CNRS) and Dr Haritz Arrizabalaga (AZTI-Tecnalia)
  • 2014 Competitive award by Queen Mary-Goldsmiths ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for CASE-type 1+3 PhD studentship for ‘Between production and market: Logistics clusters and labour in the global economy’ (co-supervisor with Adrian Smith in collaboration with International Transport Workers’ Federation)
  • 2012 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Joint Institutional Pump Priming Award (£10,000): ‘The externalisation of European Union economic governance and the mismatch of economic and social development: A pilot project’, with Professor Adrian Smith (Geography, Queen Mary), Dr James Harrison (Law, Warwick) and Dr Ben Richardson (Politics and International Studies, Warwick)
  • 2012 EUR-OCEANS Consortium, European Commission, Foresight Workshop grant (€15,000): ‘Building scenarios for global oceanic ecosystems and associated fisheries’, November
  • 2013, Sète, France, with Dr Olivier Maury (lead, Institut de recherche pour le Développement, IRD), Dr Laurence Bopp (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, CNRS) and Dr Haritz Arrizabalaga (AZTI-Tecnalia)
  • 2009 Runner up: Best Graduate Student Paper, Environmental Studies Section, International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco 2008
  • 2006 Central Research Fund (University of London) Additional Award for PhD Fieldwork
  • 2005 The Matsushita International Foundation Research Grant for PhD
  • 2004 SOAS Research Student Fellowship (RSF) for PhD
  • 2004 ESRC Research Studentship for a PhD in Geography at Cambridge University (turned down in favour of SOAS RSF)
  • 2001 Faculty-wide Dehn Prize for excellence of achievement in the MA(Econ)
  • 1999 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship for MA (Econ)
  • 1999 Anderson Consulting Prize for academic excellence in the BA (Hons)
  • 1999 MacKenzie Prize for final year dissertation in the BA (Hons)

External Consultancies for:

Board of Investment of Mauritius; Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA); Commonwealth Secretariat; Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission; East African Community; European Parliament; International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD); International Transport Workers Federation; Marine Resources Assessment Group;  Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seychelles; Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA); Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat; Seychelles Fishing Authority; United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD); TradeMark Southern Africa.

Peer reviewer for:

(i) academic articles: Academy of Management Review, Climate Research, Development and Change, Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Environmental Science and Policy, Fish and Fisheries, Globalizations, Island Studies Journal, Journal of Agrarian Change, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Marine Policy, Review of African Political Economy, Review of International Political Economy, Sustainability, World Development; (ii) monographs: Pluto Press, Polity Press; (iii) policy papers: Commonwealth Secretariat, Greenpeace UK, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, Oxfam New Zealand.

Publications

Journal Articles:

  • (2016), 'Trade politics and the global production of canned tuna', Marine Policy, 69 (July): 220-228.
  • IGLP Law and Global Production Working Group (2016), 'Recognising the Constitutive Role of Law in Global Value Chains: A Research Manifesto', London Review of International Law, 4 (1): 57-79.
  • (with Satoshi Miyamura, Jonathan Pattenden and Benjamin Selwyn) (2016), ‘Class dynamics of development: a methodological note’, Third World Quarterly, 37(10): 1745-1767.
  • (with Jens Lerche) (2016), ‘Introduction to the Special Issue The Political Economy of Agrarian Change: Essays in Appreciation of Henry Bernstein’, Journal of Agrarian Change, 16(3): 365–369.
  • Béné, C., R. Arthur, H. Norbury, E.H. Allison, M. Beveridge, S. Bush, L. Campling, W. Leschen, D. Little, D. Squires, S.H. Thilsted, M. Troelli and M. Williams (2016). ‘Contribution of Fisheries and Aquaculture to Food Security and Poverty Reduction: Assessing the Current Evidence’, World Development, 79: 177–196.
  • (with James Harrison, Ben Richardson and Adrian Smith) (forthcoming), ‘Working Beyond the Border? A New Research Agenda for the Evaluation of Labour Standards in EU Trade Agreements’, International Labour Review.
  • (with Elizabeth Havice) (2014), ‘The problem of property in industrial fisheries’, Journal of Peasant Studies, 41(5): 707-727.
  • Abbott, Joshua, James L. Anderson, Liam Campling, Røgnvaldur Hannesson, Elizabeth Havice, M. Susan Lozier, Martin D. Smith, Michael J. Wilberg (2014), ‘Steering the Global Partnership for Oceans’, Marine Resource Economics, 29(1): 1-16.
  • (with Elizabeth Havice) (2013), ‘Articulating upgrading: Island developing states and canned tuna production’, Environment and Planning A, 45 (11): 2610 – 2627.
  • Maury, O., K. Miller, L. Campling H. Arrizabalaga, O. Aumont, Ö. Bodin, P. Guillotreau, A. J. Hobday, F. Marsac, Z. Suzuki and R. Murtuggude (2013), ‘A global science-policy partnership for progress towards sustainability of oceanic ecosystems and fisheries’, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 5 (3-4): 314–319.
  • (with Elizabeth Havice) (2013), ‘Mainstreaming environment and development at the WTO? Fisheries subsidies, the politics of rule-making and the elusive “triple win”’, Environment and Planning A, 45(4): 835 – 852
  • (2013) ‘Debating modes of production and forms of exploitation: Introduction to symposium on Jairus Banaji’s Theory as History’, Historical Materialism, 21(4): 1-8.
  • (with Patrice Guillotreau and Jan Robinson) (2012), ‘Vulnerability of small island fishery economies to climate and institutional changes’, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(3): 287-291
  • (with Elizabeth Havice and Penny Howard) (2012), ‘The Political Economy and Ecology of Capture Fisheries: Market Dynamics, Resource Access and Relations of Exploitation and Resistance’, Journal of Agrarian Change, 12(2-3): 177-203
  • (2012), ‘The Tuna ‘Commodity Frontier’: Business Strategies and Environment in the Industrial Tuna Fisheries of the Western Indian Ocean’, Journal of Agrarian Change, 12(2-3): 252-278
  • (with Elizabeth Havice) (2010) ‘Shifting Tides in the Western Central Pacific Ocean Tuna Fishery: The Political Economy of Regulation and Industry Responses’, Global Environmental Politics, 10(1): 89-114
  • (with Elizabeth Havice) (2007), ‘Industrial Development in an Island Economy: US Trade Policy and Canned Tuna Production in American Samoa’, Island Studies Journal, 2(2): 209-228
  • (with Stefano Ponte and Jesper Raakjær) (2007), ‘Swimming Upstream: Market Access for African Fish Exports in the Context of WTO and EU Negotiations and Regulation’, Development Policy Review, 25(1): 113-138
  • (2006) ‘A Critical Political Economy of the Small Island Developing States Concept: South-South Cooperation for Island Citizens’, Journal of Developing Societies, 22(3): 235-285
  • (with Henry Bernstein) (2006) ‘Commodity Studies and Commodity Fetishism I: Trading Down’, Journal of Agrarian Change, 6(2): 239-264
  • (with Henry Bernstein) (2006) ‘Commodity Studies and Commodity Fetishism II: “Profits with Principles?”’, Journal of Agrarian Change, 6(3): 414-447.
  • (with Michel Rosalie) (2006), ‘Sustaining Social Development in a Small Island Developing State: the Case of Seychelles’, Sustainable Development, 14: 115-125.
  • (2004), ‘Editorial Introduction to the Symposium on Marxism and African Realities’, Historical Materialism, 12(4): 51–66.
  • (with Michel Rosalie) (2004), ‘Socio-economic Development in Seychelles: An Overview’, Seychelles Medical and Dental Journal, 7(1): 7–12.

Other Publications:

  • (forthcoming) (with Elena Baglioni and Elizabeth Havice), ‘The nature of the firm in global value chains’, in The Corporation: A Critical, Multidisciplinary Handbook, eds. G. Baars and A. Spicer, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2016), ‘The Global Value Chain in Canned Tuna, the International Trade Regime and Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14’, International Trade Working Paper 2016/22, Commonwealth Secretariat, London.
  • (with Elizabeth Havice) (forthcoming 2016), ‘Fisheries Subsidies in the World Trade Organisation and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement’, in UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2016, Geneva: UNCTAD.
  • (with Elizabeth Havice) (2015), ‘Fisheries Subsidies in the WTO: Brief for Pacific Islands Forum Countries’, Honiara: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency.
  • (2015), 'Assessing Alternative Markets: Pacific Islands Canned Tuna and Tuna Loins', Honiara: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency.
  • (2015) ‘Historicising trade preferences and development: The case of the ACP-EU canned tuna preference’, in Kate Ervine and Gavin Fridell (eds.) Beyond Free Trade: Alternative Approaches to Trade, Politics and Power, London: Palgrave.
  • (2015), ‘Tariff Escalation and Preferences in International Fish Production and Trade’, E15 Expert Group on Oceans, Fisheries and the Trade System. Geneva: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and World Economic Forum.
  • (2015) (with Jennifer Johns, Peter Buckley, Liam Campling, Gary Cook, Martin Hess, Rudolf Sinkovics), ‘Geography and History Matter’. In The Rise of Multinationals from Emerging Economies, eds. Palitha Konara, Yoo Jung Ha, Frank McDonlad, Yingqi Wei, 51-80. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • (with Amanda Hamilton and Antony Lewis) (2011) ‘Report on the implementation of the derogation to the standard rules of origin granted to the Pacific ACP States in the framework of the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement’, Brussels: Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission.
  • (with Hansel Confiance and Marie-Therese Purvis), (2011) 'Social Policy in Seychelles', London: Commonwealth Secretariat and United Nations Research Institute on Social Development.
  • (with Amanda Hamilton, Antony Lewis, Mike A. McCoy and Elizabeth Havice) (2011), 'Market and Industry Dynamics in the Global Tuna Supply Chain', Honiara: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency.
  • (2008) ‘Direct and Indirect Preference Erosion and the Competitiveness of the ACP Tuna Processing Sector’, in Veniana Qalo (eds.), Bilateralism and Development: Emerging Trade Patterns, London: Cameroon May.
  • (2008) 'Fisheries Aspects of ACP-EU Interim Economic Partnership Agreements: Trade and Sustainable Development Implications', Geneva: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.
  • (2008), ‘The Global Commodity Chain in Tuna, African Development and the Politics of International Trade Relations’, Claves de la Economía Mundial [in Spanish].
  • (2007 to date) FFA Fisheries Trade News, a bimonthly publication produced for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).
  • (with Martin Doherty) (2007), ‘Follow-up study on sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) issues in canned tuna production in Mauritius/the Seychelles and Thailand’. Commissioned by COMESA/ the Regional Trade Facilitation Programme.
  • (with Martin Doherty) (2007), ‘A comparative analysis of cost structure and sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) issues in canned tuna production in Mauritius/the Seychelles and Thailand: Is there a level playing field?’ Commissioned by COMESA/ the Regional Trade Facilitation Programme.
  • (with Elizabeth Havice and Vina Ram-Bidesi) (2007), Pacific Island Countries, the Global Tuna Industry and the International Trade Regime, Honiara: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency.

PhD Supervision

Current Doctoral Students

  • Ioana Jipa-Musat (with Dr Marta Prevezer), studying varieties of capitalism in East and Central Europe, with particular reference to Romania. QMUL studentship commenced in January 2015.
  • Jonny Jones (with Prof. Adrian Smith and Dr Jeremy Anderson, ITF), studying labour organisation in logistics industries. ESRC 1+3 award commenced in October 2014.
  • Mr David Quentin (with Sukhdev Johal and Christiana Panayi), studying the assumptions and proposals for global tax reform. QMUL studentship commenced in October 2016.

PhD Supervision Completions

  • Steffen Fischer (with Prof. Adrian Smith), studying comparative labour regimes in rubber and iron production in Liberia. QMUL studentship commenced in November 2011 and submitted in December 2015.
  • Co-Supervisor (with Professor Adrian Smith) - Dr Aidan Wong, 2014 "The Politics of Urban Waste Collection and Recycling Global Production Networks in Singapore and Malaysia". QMUL studentship commenced in October 2010 and completed (with minor corrections) in July 2014. Winner of the Best Dissertation award for 2014 of the American Association of Geography’s Economic Geography Speciality Group; and winner of the 2014 PhD Prize of the Economic Geography Research Group, Royal Geographical Society.
Return to top