Dr. Matthew Bishop


Senior Lecturer

BA (Hons), MA (With Distinction), PhD, University of Sheffield, UK


Matthew Bishop came to IIR in 2009 as Lecturer in International Relations, and he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013. Before taking up this post he taught in the Department of Politics at The University of Sheffield, UK, from where he also earned his PhD. He is the managing editor of the Caribbean Journal of International Relations & Diplomacy, the in-house journal of the institute.

His main area of research interest is the political economy of development, with a particular focus on small states and, especially, the independent and non-independent territories of the Caribbean. Of late, his work has increasingly centred upon the ways in which smaller developing countries are adjusting to the multiple crises of global finance, climate change, commodity prices, the end of preferences, and marginalisation within the institutions of global governance. Beyond this agenda, Matthew is also interested in regional and multilateral trade politics, regional integration, and the global politics of democratisation. He has published widely on all of these themes, and he is also currently working on the development of a number of new research strands:

  • The development crisis in the Caribbean, represented by an edited book provisionally entitled Existential Threats and Caribbean Development
  • Hegemonic transitions in the Caribbean: China and the USA (with Professor Andy Knight)
  • The fallout of the global crisis in the developing world and the contemporary distribution of growth and development (with Professors Anthony Payne and Nicola Phillips of the University of Sheffield)
  • The political economy of development in small ‘developmental’ states, with a specific focus on industrialisation in Trinidad and Tobago since the 1950s

Matthew has held visiting positions at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV, in Leiden), the Institute of Social Studies (in the Hague), Warwick University (as a Transatlantic Visiting Fellow), and in 2015 he will be a visiting fellow at Wuhan University in China. He also holds an honorary research fellowship from the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) and comments regularly on its influential blog. He has undertaken consultancies on behalf of various organisations, including the UK Department for International Development (DfID), The Commonwealth Secretariat, and Project Ploughshares/the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC).


Books and Monographs

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Book Chapters

  • Bishop, M, L. (forthcoming 2015) ‘Democracy and Development’, in J. Grugel and D. Hammett, The Palgrave Handbook of International Development (London: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Bishop, M. L. (forthcoming 2015) ‘State Capacity and International Politics’, in I. Minto-Coy and E. Berman (Eds) Public Administration and Policy in the Caribbean (London: Taylor and Francis).
  • Bishop, M, L. (2014) ‘Whither CARICOM?’ in A. Knight, J. Castro-Rea, and H. Ghany (eds) ‘Re-Mapping the Americas: Trends in Region-Making’ (London: Ashgate).
  • Bishop, M, L. (2013) ‘Tourism and Environment’, in R. Potter and V. Desai (Eds) The Companion to Development Studies, 3rd Edition (London: Hodder).
  • Bishop, M, L. (2009) ‘The French Caribbean and the Challenge of Neoliberal Globalisation: The Silent Death of Tricolore Development?’ in P. Clegg and E. Pantojas-Garcia (Eds) Governance in the Non-Independent Caribbean: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century, (Kingston, Jamaica: Ian Randle) 119-145.

Technical Reports

  • Bishop, M, L., Girvan, N., Shaw, T, M., Mike, S, M., Kirton, R, M., Scobie, M., Mohammed, D., and Anatol, M., (2011) Caribbean Regional Governance, a report by the UWI Institute of International Relations, funded by UKaid from the Department for International Development (DFID), St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
Teaching and Supervision

Matthew currently teaches two courses at IIR:

  • INRL 5008 – Theory and Methodology of International Relations
  • INRL 6001 – Advanced Theory and Methodology: Globalisation and Development

Matthew is also the coordinator of the IIR MPhil and PhD programme. Enquiries about the programme should be directed to him in the first instance. He is first supervisor to the following postgraduate research students:

  • Michelle John (PhD) – Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and Agricultural Trade: Prospects and Implications for the Caribbean – Graduated 2014.
  • Genève Phillip (PhD) – Deconstructing the ‘Good Governance’ Agenda: A Comparative Analysis of Selected Caribbean Small Island Developing States and Sub-National Island Jurisdictions
  • Courtney Lindsay (PhD) – Policy Space, the ACP and Global Trade Politics
  • Ricky Ramnarine (MPhil) – Post-Sugar Adjustment in Selected African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries
  • Natasha Lalla (MPhil) – The Implications of Free Trade for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
  • Travis Hull (MPhil) – Venezuela and Shifting Patterns of Hegemony in the Caribbean