Dr. George LAMBIE

Visiting Professor: Dr Lambie worked in industry and business in the UK, obtaining diplomas and professional qualifications in those fields, before he decided to pursue an academic career. He initiated the latter with a BA (Hons) in Comparative American Studies from the University of Warwick followed by an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Liverpool, and a PhD in History from the University of Warwick.

His principal area of academic expertise is International Political Economy (IPE). In this field he teaches: IPE theory, specialising in the ‘British School’ and with an interest in the ‘New Italian School’; the history of the international system from an IPE perspective, principally  the  Bretton Woods era and the background to globalization; the main elements of the globalisation process (Transnational Corporations; international finance; transnational agencies; the impact of globalisation on democracy, the state, culture and developing countries etc). He uses these contexts to address such contemporary topics as: the global financial crisis and its aftemath;  the European debt problem; the contestation between the Western ‘unipolar’ vision of globalization and the Eastern, China led, ‘multipolar’ alternative. An additional interest is to share IPE perspectives with the corporate and financial sector to test their relevance to contemporary strategic analysis and decision making.   He has a regional expertise in Latin America and is an internationally recognized specialist on Cuba since its 1959 revolution.

During his academic career he has worked principally at the University of Warwick, De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester, and taught at other UK universities and abroad. Besides teaching, he has designed courses and degree programmes including an undergraduate degree entitled ‘International Business and Globalisation’ and a Masters degree ‘Globalisation Studies: Politics, Business and Society’. Currently he is teaching and developing courses in IPE at the School of International Studies (ZIS), which forms part of the Technical University of Dresden in Germany.

In addition to his academic work he has managed international co-operation initiatives and was Projects Director (1995-2010) of the ‘International Public Administration Unit’, within the Department of Public Policy (DMU), where he negotiated, directed and taught on a number of international consultancy projects, especially in countries undergoing reform or transition. Most notably he was co-director, with Cuba’s Minister of Finance, of the first European Commission co-operation project with the island (1995-2001). Subsequently he was granted a rare (for non Cubans) ‘Emeritus Professorship’ at the University of Havana. These experiences have informed his teaching and research.

In 2009 he was chosen for the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (DMU) and in 2012 he was one of three teaching staff across the university to be nominated as a candidate for a UK National Teaching Fellowship.

Besides teaching and project management, he is an active researcher and has received research grants, including three British Academy Awards, and has published over 30 refereed articles and three books; including The Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century (2010). His forthcoming publications include two books entitled: Globalisation, Democracy, and Crisis, and (with Stefan Robel, School of International Studies, TU Dresden) In Our Time. Understanding Globalisation and its Consequences through International Political Economy and Critical Theory, which is an edited volume aimed at supporting the teaching of IPE by bringing theory and practice together. He is also working on several articles including an analysis of the Eastern ‘multipolar’ challenge to Western ‘unipolarity’.

He has presented more than 70 conference papers in the UK and around the world, including at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. In the UK's national Research Assessment Exercise of 2000 and the submission he prepared for the 2013 round, much of his work was judged to be in the category, 'world leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour'. He was Editor of the International Journal of Cuban Studies between 2008 - 2014.

In June 2013 Dr Lambie left DMU to work independently as a lecturer and researcher, specialising in International Political Economy and especially contemporary changes in the global financial and political system. Since then he has lectured, delivered courses and participated in research at a number of universities in Europe, including the University of Coimbra in Portugal and the Technical University of Dresden, School of International Studies in Germany. Since 2014 he has taught courses during the autumn semester at HKU for the Department of Politics and Public Administration in: ‘Global Political Economy’, ‘Latin America Studies’ and; ‘Modernity and Globalisation’. He has also supervised ‘Capstone’ projects. 

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Selected Publications

  • ‘Globalisation Before the Crash: the City of London and UK Economic Strategy’. Contemporary Politics, Vol. 19, Issue 3 (September 2013): 339-360.
  • ‘A Political Life. Ken Coates interviewed by George Lambie’, The Spokesman (Journal of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation), Vol. 116 (2012).
  • The Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century (London: Pluto, 2010), 293 pp.
  • ‘The Global Context of the Financial Crisis: From Bretton Woods to Market  Fundamentalism’, in Joanna Richardson ed. From Recession to Renewal: The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Public Services and Local Government (London: Polity Press, 2010).
  • ‘Healthcare in Cuba: a Model for Sustainability’, Journal of Holistic Health Care, Vol. 8, No. 2 (August 2010).
  • ‘Nemesis of “Market Fundamentalism”? The Ideology, Deregulation and Crisis of Finance’, Contemporary Politics, Vol. 15, No. 2 (June 2009): 157–177. In receipt of praise from senior politicians, intellectuals and business leaders.
  • ‘Globalisation and the Cuban Revolution in the Twenty-First Century’, European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, No. 86 (April 2009): 81-95.
  • ‘The Changing Political Economy of Latin America: From Laissez Faire to Neoliberalism and Beyond’, Consortium for Latin America Business Schools (CLADEA) conference entitled Latin America and Europe: Opportunities and Challenges, Montpellier, France, (September 2006). Published in the CLADEA journal. Prize for ‘Very Best Paper’ out of over 270 submissions.
  • ‘Vallejo and Democracy’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Higginschrift) (2005).
  • ‘The Effect of the Spanish Civil War on the Politics and Poetry of César Vallejo’, in Francisco Domíguez, ed.,  Identity and Discursive Practices: Spain and Latin America (Bern: Peter Lang, 2000): 177-208.
  • ‘Intellectuals, Ideology and Revolution: The Political Ideas of César Vallejo’, Hispanic Research Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2 (June 2000): 139-169. Commendation for best article published in the journal in 2000.
  • ‘Reinforcing Participatory Democracy in Cuba: An Alternative Development Strategy’, Democratisation, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Autumn 1999): 30-61. Winner of the Frank Cass prize for the best political article published in 1999.
  • George Lambie and John Greenwood, ‘Local Government in Cuba: Democracy through Participation?’, Local Government Studies, Vol. 25, No.1 (Spring 1999): 55-74.
  • ‘Vallejo’s Interpretation of Spanish Culture and History in the Himno a los voluntarios de la República’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, LXXVI (1999): 367-384.
  • ‘Cuban – European Relations: Historical Perspectives and Political Consequences’, Cuban Studies Association (University of Miami), Vol. 3, No. 4 (May 1998).
  • The Fractured Blockade: West European-Cuban Relations During the Revolution (London: Macmillan, 1994), 358 pp.
  • El Pensamiento Político de César Vallejo y la Guerra Civil Española [The Political Thought of César Vallejo and the Spanish Civil War] (Lima: Editorial Milla Batres, 1993), 302 pp.
  • ‘Poetry and Politics: The Spanish Civil War Poetry of César Vallejo’. Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, LXIX (April 1992): 153-170.

Conference Papers

Selection (Keynote presentations; prize winning, and papers of special note).

    • 'The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Overview and an International Political Economy Perspective’, Open Public Lecture, University of Dresden (June 2014).
    • ‘Soviet Communism and the Cuban Revolution in the 1960s’. Conference entitled The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, University of Oxford (October 2012).
    • ‘The Cuban Revolution in the 21st Century’. Seminar at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, Faculty of Economics (May 2011).
    • ‘Cuban Primary Health Care: Its Export and Implementation in the Developing World. Are there Lessons to be Learned from this Experience’? (Plenary Speaker) International Conference entitled Health, Wellness and Society, University of California at Berkeley, US, (January 2011).
    • ‘Global Crisis and the Cuban Revolution’. Conference entitled The Cuban Revolution 1959-2009, Centre for Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge (February 2009).
    • ‘The Role of the Cuban Military in the Revolution’. Conference entitled, Cuba Outlook: Cuba’s Armed Forces, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC, (February 2009).
    • ‘The Battle for Ideas. Is there a Cuban Revolutionary Ontology and What does it Seek to Challenge?’. Conference entitled Fifty Years of Revolution. Politics, Economics, and Value(s) in Cuba of Today and Tomorrow, St Antony’s College, Oxford (February 2009).

‘The Changing Political Economy of Latin America: From Laissez Faire to Neoliberalism and Beyond’, Consortium for Latin America Business Schools (CLADEA) conference entitled Latin America and Europe: Opportunities and Challenges, Montpellier, France, (September 2006). Published in the CLADEA journal. Prize for ‘Very Best Paper’ out of over 270 submissions.