Dr Sophia Price, Head of Subject and Reader

Dr Sophia Price

Head of Subject and Reader

Sophia Price is Head of Politics and International Relations at Leeds Beckett University and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She previously worked for the Open University and the University of Manchester, where she completed her ESRC funded PhD on the European Union’s relations with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Group.

Sophia's research focuses on the European Union's external relations, particularly its provision of development aid and it links to trade liberalisation. As a feminist political economist her work explores the gendered dimension of trade and of financial inclusion and poverty reduction strategies.

Sophia has published a wide range of works on gender and development policy, the EU’s external relations with the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group, EU and UK relations with West Africa and the political economy of trade and aid.

Sophia is a co-editor of the Lynne Rienner Book Series in International Political Economy, is co-lead of the Leeds Beckett CeASR Global Inequalities Research Group and is the Research Ethics Coordinator for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Current Teaching

  • Level 4 World Politics
  • Level 5 Active Citizenship
  • Level 6 Governing Globalisation

PhD Supervisions:

  • Moses Okech Microfinance, Gender, Empowerment and the Construction of Market Citizens in Uganda ( Awarded 2018)
  • Adewale Aderemi Political economy of oil policy & development in Nigeria & Indonesia ( Awarded 2016)
  • Musiliu Okesina The Impact of Microfinance on Women's Empowerment: A Case study of Rivers State, Nigeria

Research Interests

Sophia's current research is focused on the impact of Brexit on the UK's Global Role , particularly UK-West Africa relations, and on the operation of the EU's development cooperation, particularly in relation to EU-West Africa relations. She is also conducted research on the gendered dimension of EU development cooperation policies.

Dr Sophia Price, Head of Subject and Reader

Ask Me About

  1. Europe
  2. Politics

Selected Outputs

  • Langan M; Price S (2020) Toward a post-Westphalian turn in Africa-EU studies? Non-state actors and sustainable development. In: Haastrup T; Mah L; Duggan N ed. The Routledge Handbook of EU-Africa Relations. Routledge,

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  • Price S; Langan M (2020) The EU’s development policy: Forging relations of dependence?. In: Bigo D; Diez T; Fanoulis E; Rosamond B; Stivachtis Y ed. The Routledge Handbook of Critical European Studies.

  • Price S; Langan M (2020) The Role of National Governments and the International Community in Support Responsible Food and Agriculture Systems. In: Kassam A; Kassam L ed. Rethinking Food and Agriculture: New Ways Forward. Elsevier,

  • Price S (2019) The imaginings of West Yorkshire’s futures’. In: Carlisle E; Martin I; Wilson A ed. What kind of Region Do We Want to Live in? Region-building Ideas and Activity in West Yorkshire.

  • Price S (2018) Gender rights and trade agreements. In: Looney RE ed. Handbook of International Trade Agreements Country, Regional and Global Approaches. Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, pp. 112-121.

  • Price S (2017) Feminism. In: Wetherly P ed. Political Ideologies, Politics and Policy.

  • Price S; langan M (2016) Democracy and Human Rights Discourse in the Africa-EU Partnership: Normative Cover for Structural Violence in Free Trade Structures. In: Badru (Author), O; Offor F ed. Transnational democracy Human Rights and Race Relations Philosophical Perspectives.

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  • Price S (2001) The political economy of Europe’s External Relations: The historical evolution of the Lomé Convention. In: Levrat N; Willa P ed. EU External Capability and Influence in International Relations. Institut Européen de l'Université de Genève,

  • Price S; langan M (2016) West African cocoa and EU contributions to sustainable development: Stakeholder perspectives on equitable growth in free markets. In: Workshop on Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in EU Africa Relations, 20 April 2016, University of Leicester.

  • Price S; Nunn A (2016) Managing Neoliberalisation Through the EU-ACP Trade Relationship. In: ISA's 57th Annual Convention, 15 March 2016 - 19 March 2016, Atlanta USA.

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  • Price S (2015) Disciplinary Neo-liberal Feminism and the Political Economy of Microfinance and Risk. In: European International Studies Association Annual Conference, 23 September 2015 - 26 September 2015, Sicily.

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  • Langan M; Price S (2015) ‘West Africa, Europe and the EPA Development Programme’. In: University Association for Contemporary European Studies 44th Annual Conference, Cork, Ireland.

  • Price S (2015) Political Economy of Microfinance: Entrepreneurialism, (Dis)empowerment and Risk. In: Annual Conference of the International Studies Association, 17 February 2015 - 21 February 2015, New Orleans.

  • Price S (2008) Reforming EU-Africa Relations: A Case Study of the EU and SADC. In: BISA 2008 ANNUAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME, 15 December 2008 - 17 December 2008, Exeter, UK.


  • eds. Price S; Langan M (2018) Sustainable Development in Africa-EU Relations. Routledge.