Dr Tim Vlandas

Dr Tim Vlandas is Associate Professor of Comparative Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and a Fellow of St Antony’s College. He is also associate member of Nuffield College. After an initial training in Economics and Development Economics, Tim specialised in Comparative Political Economy during his PhD at the LSE, which was fully funded in recognition for academic merit and research potential. He has held visiting positions at the LSE, Sciences Po Paris, and the ETUI. Tim has won both teaching and research prizes, including a class teaching prize at the LSE, a doctoral researcher prize awarded by the European Network for Social Policy Analysis and an award for the best paper on European Politics and Society by the American Political Science.


Using a comparative political economy approach, Tim's research explores the political and economic determinants and consequences of social and economic policies in Europe.

His research has been published in Basic Income Studies, Comparative European Politics, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Industrial Relations, European Political Science, European Political Science Review, French Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, Nations&Nationalism, Political Science Research and Methods, Political Research Exchange, Politics&Society, Review of European Economic Policy, Scientific Reports (Nature Portfolio), Social Policy and Administration, Socio-Economic Review, Swiss Political Science Review, West European Politics, and Work, Employment and Society.

His latest book, entitled Foreign States in Domestic Markets, has just been published by Oxford University Press. It analyses western policies towards sovereign wealth funds to develop the concept of ‘internationalised statism’, where governments welcome the use of foreign state investments to govern their domestic economies.

Current projects

Tim Vlandas is interested in supervising DPhil students who intend to work on any of the following broad themes in comparative political economy and social policy:

  • The politics of macroeconomic policy, in particular the relationship between social policies, economic voting and changes in economic policies over time;
  • The political determinants and consequences of different labour market policies such as minimum wage regulations, unemployment benefits, employment protection legislation, and active labour market policies;
  • The changing politics of austerity and welfare state reforms during economic and political crises;
  • The political economy of the Universal Basic Income
Current students
Find out more

For more information about Tim’s background and research, please visit his website, his research gate page and his google citations page.