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Centre for the Study of States, Markets and People (STAMP) 

Business Management students in a meeting

About us

STAMP is a major inter-disciplinary initiative in the School of Business & Law whose primary focus is the study of global and European political economy and the forms of governance and regulation required to address socio-economic/financial issues and geo-political conflicts and crises. In this context, STAMP promotes advanced and applied research within the fields of law, politics, sociology, history and economics. The Centre hosts visiting scholarships, PhD students, runs advanced research seminars and workshops and houses the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (Routledge, six issues a year since 1998).


Prof Vassilis K. Fouskas (School of Business and Law and Director of STAMP, UEL)

Dr Raoul Bianchi (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr Ayantunji Gbadamosi (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr Shampa Roy-Mukherjee (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr. Iwa Salami (School of Business & Law, UEL)

Prof Kufuor Kofi Oteng (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr Ejike Udeogu (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr Branislav Radeljic (School of Social Sciences, UEL)

Dr Stefan Lutz (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr Ian Bathgate (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr Jassodra Maharaj (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr Jonathan Hardy (School of Arts and Digital Industries, UEL)

Prof Massimo de Angelis (School of Social Sciences, UEL)

Prof Peter G Morey (School of Arts & Digital Industries, UEL)

Prof John Chandler (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr. Mimoza Shabani (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr. Carmela D' Avino (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr. Tat-Lung (Ron) Chan (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr. Baoying Lai (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr. Slawomir Raszewski (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Dr. Andre Slowak (School of Business and Law, UEL)

Prof Radmila Nakarada (Belgrade University, Serbia)

Prof Saskia Sassen (Columbia University and LSE University of London, USA and UK)

Prof Charles Tripp (SOAS University of London, UK)

Prof Gilbert Achcar (SOAS University of London)

Prof Philip Arestis (University of Cambridge, UK)

Prof Fawaz Gerges (London School of Economics University of London, UK)

Prof Donald Sassoon (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Prof Giulio Sapelli (University of Milan, Italy)

Dr Constantine Dimoulas (Panteion University of Social and Political Science, Greece)

Prof Bülent Gökay (Keele University and Editor, Journal of Global Fault-lines, UK)

Prof Charles Kupchan (Georgetown University and Council on Foreign Relations, USA)

Prof Radhika Desai (University of Manitoba, Canada)

Prof Constantine Tsoukalas (University of Athens, Greece)

Prof Leo Panitch (York University, Canada)

Prof Susan Woodward (Graduate Centre, City University of New York, USA)

Prof John Urry (Lancaster University, UK)

Prof Dejan Jovic (Zagreb University, Croatia)

Prof Andrew Wachtel (American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic)

Prof Jovo Ateljevic (Banja Luka University, Bosnia)

Prof Costas Lapavitsas (SOAS University of London, UK)

Prof Andrew Wheatcroft (City University London)

Prof Molly Greene (Princeton University, USA)

Prof Mark Mazower (Columbia University, USA)

Mr Renato Giallombardo (Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, MENA region, Italy)

Prof Andrew Clark (Paris School of Economics)

Journal, research and PhD supervision

STAMP hosts the refereed publication Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, which was established in 1998 and is now published six times annually by Routledge, with an impact factor of 0.466 (2018).

Papers presented to the STAMP seminar and speeches delivered at STAMP special events and workshops may be considered for publication in the journal.
  • The impact of financialisation in Nigeria
  • Europe's state of exception
  • Global trade and regulatory frameworks
  • Governance, innovation and sustainable development in the Western Balkans
  • Inequality and finance
  • Islamic banking and finance in Malaysia and the panic of 1997
  • Macro-economic indicators in European periphery
  • The political economy of the Arab uprisings
  • Globalisation and poverty reduction in Ghana
  • The rising consumer debt in the UK since the 1970s
  • The Basel Accords in Pakistan's banking sector
  • The Greek debt crisis in a comparative and historical perspective
  • The decline of the Euro-Atlantic economies and the power-shift to Asia
  • Tourism and cross-border development in European regions
  • Tourism and the Eurozone crisis in Greece and Spain
  • Pricing-to-Market using EGARCH Error Correction Model
  • Examining the relationship between the U.K. stock market and foreign exchange rates
  • Density Recovery with Legendre Polynomials and European Option Valuation
  • The geography of international banking
  • Banking structural models and regulation
  • Robustness of EU bail-in provisions in light of fresh financial stability fears
  • Tackling cross-border bank risks in Africa and the wisdom in transplanting EU regulatory provisions
  • Powering the Right to Development: Sustainable Energy in a Changing Climate
  • Energy Resources Financing and Sustainable Development
  • Oil and gas pipeline projects in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the greater Middle East
  • Bank Risk Premia and Abenomics
  • Financialization: Dimension and determinants: A cross country study
  • African Unification: Law, Problems and Prospects
  • The ECOWAS Common External Tariff and problems of democracy in regional integration
  • Multi-national presence and local firm formation and success in Africa
  • European multi-nationals’ financing and profits

Seminars and workshops

STAMP holds fortnightly seminars, where members of staff and PhD students from the School of Business and 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.

2015/2016 Academic Session

Tuesday 19 April 2016
Half-Day Workshop - UEL debates Brexit: the pros and cons
Professor John Grahl (Middlesex University)
Professor Leila Simona Talani (King’s College London)
Professor Jan Toporowski (SOAS)
Professor Vassilis, K. Fouskas (University of East London)

Monday 7 March 2016
Half-Day Workshop - The Labour Party, Europe and Civic Engagements
Professor Richard Murphy (City University)
Mr John Christensen (Tax Justice Network)
Professor Leila Simona Talani (King’s College London)
Professor Bulent Gokay (Keele University)

2 February 2016
Public lecture - The Political Economy of the Arab Uprisings
Dr Shampa Roy-Mukherjee
Head of Finance, Economics & Risk, UEL

1 December 2015
Public lecture - Global trade and sustainability law: taming of the shrew
Dr Priscilla Schwartz
School of Business and Law, UEL

3 November 2015
Public lecture - Let’s break the law: landlord-tenant relations and the cost of doing business
Professor Kofi Oteng Kufuor
School of Business and Law, UEL

Partners and international collaboration

STAMP is leading an international consortium with a focus on the EU, the Balkans and the Near East. Members of the consortium include the following Universities, Institutes and NGOs: Belgrade (Serbia), Banja Luka (Bosnia), Institute of Economics (Croatia), Bucharest (Romania), Sofia (Bulgaria), Panteion (Greece), Aegean (Greece), University of Central Asia (Kyrgyz Republic), Grupa 484 (Belgrade), The American University of Beirut (Lebanon), University of Cyprus (Cyprus), Pavia University (Italy), Middle East Technical University (Turkey) and Istanbul University (Turkey).

STAMP has partners and facilitates research and the creation of taught programmes in Americas, Asia and the EU countries through the School of Business and Law, and UEL International. STAMP has 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, Kingston University, SOAS University of London, and the University of Leicester.


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 and African affairs and its members have appeared in a variety of media outlets in the country and abroad. STAMP members welcome media 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:

Dr Ejike Udeogu
Lecturer in Economics

STAMP Director

Vassilis K. Fouskas
Professor of International Politics & Economics