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Dr Francisco Torres


Dr Francisco Torres
Visiting Senior Fellow in European Political Economy
European Institute
Tel: 020 7107 5201/ 020 7849 4646
Room: COW 1.12
Email: f.torres@lse.ac.uk
Research Theme: Political Economy in Europe



Francisco Torres is Visiting Senior Fellow in European Political Economy at the LSE. He is also a PEFM Research Associate of the European Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford University. Prior to joining LSE, he was Fellow and Senior Member at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Research of the European University Institute, Florence, and the first Robert Schuman Fellow of the European Commission at CEPS, Brussels. He has taught mainly at the Catholic University in Lisbon both at the Economics Department and as Director and Research Coordinator of the European Studies Centre, the National Institute for Public Administration (where he coordinated the area of European Integration and International Economics) and the University of Aveiro (Associate Professor). He also taught at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada, and at the University of Rome II (Tor Vergata), among others. He holds a Ph.D. in European Political Economy (UCP, Lisbon), an MSc in Economics (UNL, Lisbon) and a ‘licenciatura’ also in Economics (UCP, Lisbon). He also studied Economics at the EUI, in Florence (PhD progr.), where he published three Economics WPs, and holds an MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University, SAIS. He is EU Steering Committee Member of ECPR and a Research Associate of EUSA’s Political Economy Section.

Research Interests

European integration, institutional change, economic reform in EMU and EU and global governance. Broader area of research: International (and European) Political Economy. 

Selected Publications

Publications include various (co-)edited and co-authored books on EMU and EU governance by: Cambridge University Press (1993, with Francesco Giavazzi); UCP Press (1996); St Martin’s Press (1998, with Jeff Frieden and Erik Jones); Nomos Verlag (2006, with Amy Verdun and Hubert Zimmermann); and Principia (2003, with Brian Ardy, Iain Begg and Waltraud Schelkle), numerous articles in academic journals, most recently in Intereconomics (here), Review of European Economic Policy; South European Society and Politics and Journal of European Integration, and chapters in the recent handbooks on European Integration by Oxford University Press (2012), Palgrave (2013) and Routledge (2015). Recent work on the Crisis carried out at the LSE is published as a Special Issue of JEI (here) and as a book on Governance of the European Monetary Union, Routledge (2016), co-edited with E. Jones. Joint work with A. Bongardt on Structural Reform presented at a conference on the ECB that he co-organized at King’s College in June 2015 and on EMU as a Sustainable Currency Area, are forthcoming in Europe in Crisis: a Structural Analysis, Palgrave, and in The Euro and the Crisis, Sringer, Verlag, respectively. He has been working with Annette Bongardt on a broader concept of sustainability (see example here), on economic reform, on the euro crisis, on EU environmental policy and on the ‘optimal size’ of a Union (the EU and EMU), having recently written on Brexit (here). He is a guest co-editor of a 2016 Special Issue of the Journal of Economic Policy on The New Institutions for an Effective EU Governance. He has presented his most recent work at the LSE, Nova SBE, Kings College London, the EUI-Florence and at the universities of Oxford, Évora, Trento, and Salzburg. He also contributes to the LSE blogs.