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I am a Senior Lecturer in Economics and a member of the Political Economy Research Group (PERG). I have been teaching at Kingston since 2015, and previously worked as Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London.
My research interests are currently causes and consequences of pension fund behaviour in different spaces and macroeconomic contexts; social policy and inequality; and the philosophy of economics. My work is framed using theories and methods drawn from international political economy, critical theories of finance and heterodox economics. I have worked professionally as a lobbyist for pension reform in the UK, and I served for six years as a trustee on the Local Government Pension Fund (LGPF), the largest Defined Benefit scheme in the UK. I hold a Certificate in Retirement Income Provision. I have worked across a broad spectrum of social policy areas in both influencing and decision-making roles.
Senior Lecturer in Economics
I am currently working on a number of pension related projects. I have three strands of asset allocation research: First, I am working with Dr Bruno Bonizzi (University of Hertfordshire) and Dr Diego Guevara Castaneda (Universidad National de Colombia) on demand/supply imbalance in Peruvian and Colombian capital markets leading to risk-seeking pension fund behaviour; second, I am looking into pension fund capacity to invest in "green" assets, and withdraw from fossil fuel commitments; finally, I am collaborating on work looking at the role of institutional investors in bond market development in emerging markets. I also work on research regarding the gendered effect of pension reforms in the European Union. With a different hat on, I work on the significance of American pragmatism for demonstrating the need for pluralism in economic inquiry, and am interested in the history of heterodox economic thought.
2019 Phd completions
I acted as second supervisor to Karsten Kohler, who successfully defended his thesis ‘The role of flexible exchange rates in emerging market business cycles. Theory, evidence, policy' in April
Bonizzi, Bruno, Churchill, Jennifer and Guevara, Diego (2021) Variegated financialization and pension fund asset demand : the case of Colombia and Perú. Socio-Economic Review, 19(2), pp. 789-815. ISSN (print) 1475-1461
Churchill, Jennifer (2019) Book review of : 'Money, method and contemporary post-Keynesian economics' edited by Sheila Dow, Jesper Jespersen and Geoff Tily. Economic Issues, 24(1), pp. 89-90. ISSN (online) 1363-7029
Bonizzi, Bruno and Churchill, Jennifer (2017) Pension funds and financialisation in the European Union : Fondos de pensiones y financiarizacion en la Union Europea. Revista de Economia Munidal, 46, pp. 71-90. ISSN (print) 1576-0162
Bonizzi, Bruno and Churchill, Jennifer (2019) How do we make occupational pension funds fit for purpose? In: Konzelmann, Sue , Himmelweit, Susan , Smith, Jeremy and Weeks, John, (eds.) Rethinking Britain : policy ideas for the many. Bristol, U.K. : Policy Press. pp. 154-158. ISBN 9781447352525
Presentation: "Methods for theorising and exploring processes of financialisation"
Paper presentation: ‘Methods for Critical Macro Finance: Institutionalisms'
organised by Warwick Critical Finance Group & PERC, Goldsmiths, University of London
Paper presentation: 'Polish Financial Institutions and their Macroeconomic Implications'