Associate Fellow, Global Economy and Finance
Catherine Schenk

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Catherine Schenk is professor of economic and social history at Oxford University. 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 and the evolution of sovereign debt markets particularly after 1970.

Her current major research project is an investigation into the Uses of the Past in International Economic Relations (UPIER) which reflects on how market actors have constructed and used interpretations of the past in their reactions to financial crises. 

She has been visiting research fellow at the International Monetary Fund and the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

Areas of expertise

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

Past experience

2004 -Professor of International Economic History, University of Glasgow
2002 - 04Reader, 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