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STAMP is a major inter-disciplinary initiative in the School of Business & Law studying global and European political economy and their corresponding forms of governance required to address socio-economic/financial issues and risk-assess complex geopolitical conflicts and crises. In this context, STAMP promotes advanced and applied research within the field of social sciences.

The Centre hosts visiting fellowships, PhD students, runs advanced research seminars and workshops and houses the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (Routledge, eight issues a year since 1998). STAMP, which has national and international partnerships in most OECD countries, provides a platform for research cooperation and consultancy. 

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Executive board


  • Dr Eric Owusu Boahen (Royal Docks School of Business & Law, UEL)
  • Dr Shazaib Butt (Royal Docks School of Business & Law, UEL)
  • Dr Chau Duong (Royal Docks School of Business & Law, UEL)
  • Dr Francis Boateng Frimpong (Royal Docks School of Business & Law and Assistant to STAMP Directors, UEL)
  • Dr Qingan (Angus) Huang (Royal Docks School of Business & Law, UEL, and Guangzhou University of Economics and Statistics, China)
  • Prof Kufuor Kofi Oteng (Royal Docks School of Business & Law, UEL) 
  • Dr Slawomir Raszewski (Royal Docks School of Business & Law, UEL)
  • Dr Mimoza Shabani (Royal Docks School of Business & Law, UEL)

International advisory board

  • Prof Gilbert Achcar (SOAS University of London)
  • Prof Philip Arestis (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Prof Jovo Ateljevic (University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Prof Alan Cafruny (Hamilton College, USA)
  • Prof Radhika Desai (University of Manitoba, Canada)
  • Prof Constantine Dimoulas (Panteion University of Social and Political Science, Greece)
  • Prof Bülent Gökay (Keele University and Editor, Journal of Global Fault-lines, UK)
  • Prof Dejan Jovic (Zagreb University, Croatia)
  • Prof Charles Kupchan (Georgetown University and Council on Foreign Relations, USA)
  • Prof Mark Mazower (Columbia University, USA)
  • Prof Leo Panitch (York University, Canada)
  • Prof Giulio Sapelli (University of Milan, Italy)
  • Prof Donald Sassoon (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
  • Prof Leila Simona Talani (King's College London)
  • Prof Constantine Tsoukalas (University of Athens, Greece)
  • Prof Andrew Wachtel (American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic)
  • Prof Susan Woodward (Graduate Centre, City University of New York, USA)

Impact Case Studies

STAMP members have carried out two Impact Case Studies for the 'Business and Management' Unit of Assessment (17) for the 2013-2020 REF period. Dr Qingan (Angus) Huang carried out impact work in China, and Prof Vassilis K. Fouskas carried out impact work in the western Balkans.

Seminars, workshops and impactful dissemination of research outputs

STAMP holds fortnightly seminars, where members of staff and PhD students from the  Royal Docks School of Business & Law, the University of East London and other universities present their ongoing research work. It also holds special events with public intellectuals and highly esteemed professionals, including Ambassadorial staff and practitioners engaged in decision-making processes at national, European and international levels.

Proceedings of workshops, seminars and conferences organised by STAMP have been published in such journals as Critical SociologyJournal of Sustainable TourismJournal of Balkan and Near Eastern StudiesCroatian Political Science ReviewCambridge Journal of Economics and many other academic outlets. Op-eds are often appearing in such websites as openDemocracy and The Conversation

STAMP's seminar guests in the past have included Martin Wolf of Financial Times, Prof. Andrew Gamble, Sheffield and Cambridge Universities, Prof. Bob Jessop, Lancaster University, Prof. Werner Bonefeld, York University, Prof. Emeritus Constantine Tsoukalas, University of Athens, (Greece), Prof. Emeritus Donald Sassoon (Queen Mary University of London), Prof. Radika Desai, University of Manitoba (Canada).

On 19 April 2016, STAMP organised a workshop on Brexit. Participants, among others, include Prof John Grahl (Middlesex University) and Jon Toporowski (SOAS University of London). Impact was registered when leading SMEs in East London invited Prof Fouskas, STAMP co-director, to give a keynote lecture in their Thames Gateway Business Awards Ceremony, organised by Archant in May 2016. Extracts of the keynote are published in openDemocracy as 'Brexit, the real threat to globalisation', 16 May 2016.

On 12 December 2017, STAMP organised an international workshop on two separable public policy models, that of 'Anglo-American' neo-liberalism and 'Austrian-German' ordoliberalism. The proceedings registered academic impact. Reviewed by the STAMP's co-directors, they were published in a special issue of Critical Sociology in spring 2019. An Introduction of 7,000 words by the co-directors preceded the publication of eight comprehensive articles. See: 'Neo-liberalism and ordoliberalism - One or two critiques? An Introduction'

STAMP events in 2020-2021 included: 

  • 31 July 2020: Organisation of workshop on 'Globalisation in Question', with papers by Dr. Mimoza Shabani, Dr. Francis Boateng Frimpong, Dr. Ejike Udeogu and STAMP co-director, Dr. Shampa Roy-Mukherjee
  • 26 November 2020: Seminar by Dr. Raoul Bianchi on 'COVID-19 and the transformation of tourism industries'
  • 17 December 2020: Book launch of STAMP co-authored book, China and the USA; Globalisation and the Decline of America's Supremacy, published by Palgrave-Macmillan. The book  is co-authored by STAMP co-directors, Dr. Ejike Udeogu and Dr. Qingan (Angus) Huang. See link.
  • 14 January 2021: Prof. Bülent Gökay of Keele University presents his book on the economy of contemporary Turkey, published by Agenda publishers, see link.
  • 5 February 2020: Lucien-Martial, Godo, PhD researcher in the School of Business & Law, will talk on his research project, 'A Critical Analysis of Leadership, Economic Development and Transformational Institutions: The Experience of Rwanda.'

Follow STAMP's Twitter feeds, Facebook, Linkedin and the School's and UEL's website for regular updates on seminars, workshops and special events.

Journal, research, STAMP Fellowships and PhDs

Stamp journal

STAMP host the refereed publication Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (JBNES) which was established in 1998 and is now published eight times annually by Routledge-Taylor & Francis. Peer-reviewed and open access, the journal scored its highest impact factor in 2016 (0.981) based on 51 citations to 52 source items published in 2014 and 2015.

From 2015 to 2020, demonstrating impact and relevancy beyond academia, six EU reports and one UK government report mention original JBNES research outputs. The 2019 CiteScores - an alternative metric calculated by Scopus - gives JBNES a score of 1.2 and is included in the categories of History and Political Science/International Relations (IR). In History it ranks 99th out of 1,259 other journals; and in Political Science and IR ranks 194th out of 529 other journals. 

Research, STAMP fellowships and PhD supervision

STAMP members are involved in international networks and research projects, participating in consortia and consultancy (see 'Partners and international research collaboration'). One such project led by STAMP is the GRID consortium (Governance, Innovation & Development), established in 2014 to facilitate research on ethnic/religious reconciliation and sustainable economic development in western Balkans. STAMP co-director, Prof Fouskas, is chief adviser to the REDETE network (Researching Economic Development & Entrepreneurship in Transition Economies), based in the Faculty of Economics, University of Banja Luka, BiH. 

STAMP host Visiting Fellows and accept Visiting Professorial Fellowship applications. Applications should include a research proposal to be carried out in UEL and a specific timeline for the completion of the project. Applicants are encouraged to take the lead in organising workshops for debate and dissemination of their projects carried out in UEL under STAMP. 

In 2016 and 2017 STAMP hosted two Visiting scholars contributing to its seminars and research culture: Dr. Joaquina Castillo Algarra (29 Aug - 30 Nov 2016), University of Huelva, Spain; Dr. Juhui Zhao (1 September 2016 to 1 July 2017), Liaoning Normal University, China.

In 2018 and 2019 STAMP hosted Senior Visiting Fellow, Dr. Özgün Sarimehmet Duman, formerly at LSE. Dr. Duman has organized, among others, an international workshop on 'Privatisations in the EU and beyond'.

In 2020 (1 February - 1 July) STAMP hosted Chinese scholar, Prof Benzhao Yang of Northwestern Polytechnic University Science Park, China, contributing to STAMP and UEL research culture with an original comparative project on the uses of technology and digitisation in the higher education sector. 

Members of STAMP, including current PhD students, are engaged in research projects on:

  • the political economy of tourism in the COVID-19 era; 
  • the impact of financialisation/globalisation and its crisis sub-Saharan Africa; 
  • sustainable development and reconciliation in the the western Balkans;
  • post-Keynesian alternatives and the banking sector in Japan; 
  • EU policy and the issue of refugees in Greece; 
  • Islamic banking and finance in Malaysia and the 'panic of 1997'; the role of the banking sector in China's global ascendancy;
  • the ECOWAS Common External Tariff and problems of democracy in regional integration; 
  • fintech and virtual currencies; 
  • geo-politics and the economics of conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East; 
  • leadership and grand strategy; 
  • state of exception and COVID-19.

Members of STAMP supervise PhD projects and welcome MPhil/PhD applications in their areas of expertise (for areas of expertise see also 'STAMP publications').

Former STAMP PhD students in full-time employment

  • Dr Ejike Edeogu (2017, Senior Lecturer and MBA director, School of Business & Law, UEL)
  • Dr Shazaib Butt (2019, Senior Lecturer, Course Leader for MSc in International Business Management, and programme leader of BSc Economics, School of Business & Law, UEL)
  • Dr Seun Alele (2019, DDCAP LtD., FinTech company, )
  • Dr Francis Boateng Frimpong (2020, Highgate Wood School and Sixth Form College)
  • Dr Norman Mugarura (2013, Associate Professor and Dean, Faculty of Law at Bishop Stuart University, Uganda)
  • Dr Kato Gogo Kingston, (2014, Associate Professor of Petroleum, Energy and Natural Resources Laws at Faculty of Law, Rivers State University, Nigeria).

STAMP publications

Selected publications

  • Raoul Bianchi (2020) 'COVID-19 and the radical transformation of tourism?' ATLAS Tourism and Leisure Review, vol. 2020 - 2 
  • Raoul Bianchi (2020) 'El COVID-19 y las perspectivas para una transformacion radical del turismo', Alba Sud, 22 May 2020. 
  • Eric O. Boahen & Emmanuel C. Mamatzakis (2019) 'The impact of religion on classification shifting in the presence of corporate governance and BIG 4 audit', Accounting Forum, 44. 
  • Eric O. Boahen & Emmanuel et al. (2021) 'What is the role of culture and institutions on classification shifting in India?', forthcoming 
  • Chau Duong et al. (2020) 'CEO profile and earnings quality', Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting', forthcoming
  • Chau Duong et al. (2019) 'Overvaluation and earnings management: Does the degree of overvaluation matter?', Accounting and Business Research, 49
  • Shazaib Butt et al. (2020) 'Terrorism activities influence on financial stock markets: an empirical evidence from United Kingdom, India, France, Pakistan, Spain and United States', Global Journal of Social Sciences Studies, 6.
  • Shazaib Butt (2018) 'Banking Risks and Economic Activity: An Emerging Market Perspective', Journal of Islamic Financial Studies, 4. 
  • Francis Boateng Frimpong (2021) Financialisation and Poverty Alleviation in Ghana - Myths and Realities Amsterdam: Brill  
  • Vassilis K. Fouskas, Shampa Roy-Mukherjee, Qingan (Angus) Huang and Ejike Udeogu (2020) China and the USA. Globalisation and the Decline of America's Supremacy London & New York: Palgrave-Macmillan
  • Vassilis K. Fouskas & Bülent Gökay (2019) The Disintegration of Euro-Atlanticism and New Authoritarianism. Global Power-Shift London & New York: Palgrave-Macmillan
  • Qingan (Angus) Huang et al. (2019) 'Materialism, social stratification and ethics: evidence from SME owners in China', International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, 25.
  • Kofi Oteng Kufuor (2022) The African Continental Free Trade Agreement, forthcoming, Routledge
  • Kofi Oteng Kufuor (2018) 'Let's Break the Law: Transaction Costs and Advance Rent Deposits in Ghana's Housing Market', Global Journal of Comparative Law, 7.
  • Shampa Roy-Mukherjee et al. (2019) 'The Shifting Boundaries of Capitalism and the Conflict of Surplus Value Appropriation within the Gig Economy', in Page-Tickell, R. and Yerby, E. (eds.) Conflict and Shifting Boundaries in the Gig Economy: An Interdisciplinary Analysis London: Emerald Publishing. 
  • Sam Raszewski (2020) 'What Are the Prospects for International Energy Markets and the Oil and Gas Industry in the Aftermath of COVID-19?', Valdai Discussion Club, 27 July.
  • Sam Raszewski (2020) 'Asian Energy Markets: The Impact of Shifting Global Politics' in P. Crossley & T. Hunter (eds) Handbook of Energy Law Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Iwa Salami (2020) 'Decentralised Finance: A Holistic Approach to Regulating the Crypto Industry', Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, 35.
  • Iwa Salami (2020) 'COVID-19 Crisis in Africa: Leveraging FinTech and RegTech for Economic Recovery', Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation, 35. 
  • Mimoza Shabani et al. (2019) 'Dimension and Determinants of Financialisation: Comparing OECD Countries since 1997', New Political Economy, 25. 
  • Mimoza Shabani et al. (2019) 'Too Big to Manage: US Megabanks' Competition by Innovation and the Micro-foundations of Financialisation', Cambridge Journal of Economics, 43 
  • Ejike Udeogu (2018) Financialisation, Capital Accumulation and Economic Development in Nigeria: A Critical Perspective Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Ejike Udeogu (2015) 'Financialisation and Economic Growth in Nigeria', Review of African Political Economy, 43.

Partners and international collaboration

STAMP is leading an international consortium with a focus on the politics and economics of the EU, the Balkans/Eastern Europe and the Near/Middle East.

Members of the consortium include the following universities, institutes and NGOs: Belgrade (Serbia), Banja Luka (BiH), Institute of Economics (Croatia), Panteion (Greece), University of Central Asia (Kyrgyz Republic), Grupa 484 (Belgrade), The American University of Beirut (Lebanon), University of Nicosia (Cyprus), Pavia University (Italy), Middle East Technical University (Turkey), Istanbul University (Turkey) and the University of Thessaly (Greece).

All partners facilitate collaborative research and the creation of joint taught programmes, including staff and student exchange. There are research cooperation links with all UK universities, especially with Keele University, King's College London, Glasgow University, Goldsmiths University of London, Queen Mary University of London, and SOAS University of London. STAMP has a large network of global academic contacts sourced from the International Advisory Board of the Centre.

Consultancy and knowledge transfer

Members of STAMP are currently engaged in research projects and consultancy in the fields of banking, finance, economic forecasting, public policy and law, management and entrepreneurship, Islamic banking and finance, as well as international affairs, transatlantic relations, migration and energy and international security. STAMP has a strong area specialism in European, Balkan, Middle Eastern, Eurasian and African affairs and its members have appeared in a variety of media outlets in the country and abroad. STAMP members welcome media and research consultancy in the field of their expertise.

Contact us

If you have any feedback, wish to join our mailing list, start a PhD with us, give a paper or any other enquiries please contact us. We would love to hear from you:

Assistant to Directors and Deputy Director
Dr Francis Boateng Frimpong
Adjunct Lecturer in Economics
Email: possojnr@yahoo.com

STAMP Director
Vassilis K. Fouskas
Professor of International Relations
Email: v.fouskas@uel.ac.uk

STAMP Co-Director
Dr Shampa Roy-Mukherjee
Director of Impact and Innovation
Email: s.roy-mukherjee@uel.ac.uk

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