Introducing: Adam Dixon

My name is Adam Dixon. I joined FASoS as Associate Professor of Globalization and Development in the GTD group on 1 January 2018. I am a political economist with an interest in understanding the relationship between the state and the economy, with a specific focus on state-controlled investment funds known conventionally as sovereign wealth funds.

At FASoS I am involved in teaching on the MA GDS. I am also principal investigator of the SWFsEUROPE project funded by a generous grant from the European Research Council. This project is focused on explaining how sovereign wealth funds are made legitimate as state actors in global and European financial markets, and how these funds are being used to legitimize and facilitate state intervention in economic development in countries across the income spectrum, but particularly in the Global South. The project will soon welcome three new PhD candidates and a post-doctoral research assistant at the end of the summer.

Before coming to Maastricht, I was at the University of Bristol for 8 and half years, where I was Reader (Associate Professor) in Economic Geography since 2014. I completed my doctoral training at the University of Oxford, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees at, respectively, Sciences Po Paris and The George Washington University, in Washington, DC. I am originally from the United States and recently became a citizen of the Netherlands as well.

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