Researcher biography

Stephen Bell is Professor of political economy in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. Prior to joining UQ in 1999, he held positions at Griffith University, the University of New England, and the University of Tasmania, as well as a visiting position at the ANU and at the Copenhagen Business School. He served as Head of the School of Government at the University of Tasmania and has been Head of School at UQ. His main teaching and research interests focus on questions of governance and institutional development with special reference to the politics of economic policy and the political economy of monetary polcy and banking. He is the author or editor of nine books and has published widely in leading national and international journals. His latest books deals with the rise of the People's Bank of China whilsy another deals with the 2008 banking crisis. Both are published by Harvard University Press. Stephen is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Research Interests:

  • The politics of economic policy focussed on the state and its institutional capacities, specifically on the political economy of industry policy, macroeconomic policy and employment policy. More recent work has focused on changing forms and institutional dynamics of central banking and more recently on banking and financial crises.
  • Business politics focussing on the role of business associations in public policy and on business power.
  • Institutional theory and empirical application