Virginia  Crespi de Valldaura

Virginia Crespi de Valldaura

PhD Candidate

European Institute

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English, French, Spanish
Key Expertise
Financialisation, Social democracy, European welfare states

About me

Virginia Crespi de Valldaura is a PhD student at the European Institute. Her research focuses on the political economy of financial reforms undertaken by left-wing parties in the 1980s, and their broader search for a new growth model after the crisis of Keynesianism. Her broader interests include financialisation, welfare states, and the comparative history of social democracy and social democratic economic policy. 

Virginia holds an MA in International Public Management (summa cum laude) from Sciences Po Paris, as well as a BA in Ancient and Modern History (First Class Honours) and an MSt in Modern British and European History from the University of Oxford. 

Before joining LSE, Virginia was a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission and a Political Research Intern at the Elcano Royal Institute.

Academic Supervisors

Professor Jonathan Hopkin, Dr Tasha Fairfield and Professor Waltraud Schelkle 

Academic Publications 

Crespi de Valldaura, V. & Fifi, G. (2024) Adapting to the market: leftist ideological justifications of liberal economic policies, 1977–1986, New Political Economy.

Expertise Details

Financialisation; Social democracy; European welfare states; Comparative political economy