Associate Fellow, International Economics
Catherine Schenk
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Catherine Schenk is associate fellow at the International Economics department at Chatham House and also serves as dean for research at the College of Social Sciences, and professor of international economic history at the University of Glasgow. Her research ranges across a variety of topics in international economic relations. She is particularly interested in the current policy implications of the history of the development of international financial regulation and the organisation of the international monetary system since 1945. Additionally, she undertakes research on the development of Hong Kong’s international financial centre and relations between Hong Kong and Mainland China since 1945. Her current major research project is a comparative study of financial regulation in Hong Kong, New York and London from 1961 to 1982, to understand the relations between banks and regulators; the constraints on effective banking supervision; the impact of financial regulation; and how multilateral institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Bank for International Settlements, interact with national regulators.


  • Evolution of the international monetary system
  • Evolution of international banking regulation
  • International economic relations since 1870


2004 -Professor of International Economic History, University of Glasgow
2002 - 94Reader, University of Glasgow
1998 - 2002Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow
1996 - 98Lecturer, University of Glasgow
1992 - 96Lecturer, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College University of London
1990 - 92Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • The Dissolution of a Monetary Union: the Case of Malaysia and Singapore 1963-1974, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 2013 
  • International Economic Relations Since 1945, Routledge, 2011
  • Basket Pegs and Exchange Rate Regime Change: Australia and New Zealand in the mid-1970s, with J Singleton, Australian Economic History Review, 51(2), 2011
  • The Decline of Sterling: Managing the Retreat of an International Currency 1945-1992, Cambridge, 2010
  • Hong Kong SAR’s Monetary and Exchange Rate Challenges: Historical Perspectives, (ed) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009