Dr Jennifer Churchill


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.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Economics


  • PhD, Economics (SOAS, University of London)
  • MSc Finance and Development (SOAS, University of London)
  • Graduate Diploma in Economics (SOAS, University of London)
  • BA Philosophy (UCL)

Teaching and learning


Research Projects

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


Number of items: 4.


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

Book Section

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

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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

2019 Conferences/Workshops

  • IIPPE, Financialisation Working Group (3rd May), SOAS, University of London

Presentation: "Methods for theorising and exploring processes of financialisation"

  • Critical Macro-Finance Workshop (9th/10th September), Goldsmiths University, London

Paper presentation: ‘Methods for Critical Macro Finance: Institutionalisms'

organised by Warwick Critical Finance Group & PERC, Goldsmiths, University of London

  • European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE), Annual conference (Sept 12-15), Warsaw

Paper presentation: 'Polish Financial Institutions and their Macroeconomic Implications'