Professor Andrew Gamble
Head of Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) University of Cambridge
Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy
Andrew Gamble joined POLIS in 2007. Before that he was Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, where he was a founder member and subsequently the Director of the Political Economy Research Centre, and a Pro Vice-Chancellor. He read economics at Cambridge for his first degree, then political theory at Durham before returning to Cambridge for his PhD in social and political sciences. He is a joint editor of New Political Economy and The Political Quarterly, and a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences. He was awarded a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust in 2004, and in 2005 received the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies from the UK Political Studies Association.
"In relation to the broad field of political studies I have always regarded myself first and foremost as a political economist. My research interests and publications have been quite diverse, but a common thread is the attempt to use a political economy approach, seeking to understand politics by exploring the complex interrelationships between state and economy, and the ideas, policies and institutions through which these are expressed. Political economy currently has various meanings, but my own approach has been primarily historical, institutionalist, and comparative, and has also sought wherever possible to be interdisciplinary."