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Dr Christina Wolf

Lecturer in Economics


I am a Lecturer in Economics and member of the Political Economy Research Group (PERG) at Kingston University. I joined Kingston University in September 2017 after previous appointments as fixed-term lecturer at the University of East London and teaching assistant at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). I trained as Development Economist at SOAS where I obtained an MSc and later a PhD in Economics. Prior to that, I studied Economics and Political Sciences at the University of Münster (Germany) and Sciences Po Lille (France).

My research expertise lies in the fields of macroeconomics and structural transformation applied to the context of sub-Saharan Africa. I am particularly interested in how structural transformation is shaped by the state and spending patterns in the economy as well as external or systemic influences like the intensification of South-South economic ties and financialisation.

Previous research has investigated how macroeconomic policy can support structural transformation and manufacturing sector development in low-income countries, especially in view of the demand-side implications of China's growing economic ties with sub-Saharan Africa.

My work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals including African Affairs and the Third World Quarterly.

Recent Publications

Ovadia, Jesse Salah, and Christina Wolf. 2017. ‘Studying the Developmental State: Theory and Method in Research on Industrial Policy and State-Led Development in Africa'. Third World Quarterly, September, 1–21.

Wolf, Christina. 2017. ‘Industrialization in Times of China: Domestic-Market Formation in Angola'. African Affairs 116 (464): 435–61.

Wolf, Christina. 2016a. ‘China and Latecomer-Industrialisation Processes in Sub-Saharan Africa: Situating the Role of (industrial) Policy'. African Review of Economics and Finance 8 (1): 45–77.

Wolf, Christina. 2016b. ‘China and Latecomer Industrialization Processes in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Case of Combined and Uneven Development'. World Review of Political Economy 7 (2): 249–84

Areas of specialism

  • Development economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Political economy
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The state in economic development

Courses taught



  • PhD Economics (SOAS)
  • MSc Development Economics (SOAS)
  • MA Political Sciences (Münster, Germany)
  • MA Political Sciences (Sciences Po Lille, France)

Professional membership

I am a member of the Royal African Society (RSA) and the Post-Keynesian Economics Society (formerly Post-Keynesian Study Group). 

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