Dr Hjalte Lokdam

Dr Hjalte Lokdam

LSE Fellow

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
European Central Bank, emergency politics, climate change

About me

I’m an LSE Fellow in International Political Economy in the Department of International Relations. Prior to this, I was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the LSE’s European Institute, from where I also obtained my PhD. Before coming to LSE, I have studied, worked and held visiting affiliations with the University of Copenhagen, the New School for Social Research, Columbia University, Copenhagen Business School, Sciences Po and the European University Institute.

My research concerns the governmental role of independent institutions such as central banks and courts in contemporary democracies, particularly in the context of emergency politics. Of special interest to me is how the idea of independence from politics has evolved over time and what the key challenges associated with it are in a present characterised by emergencies of various kinds (economic, health, environmental).

I have published on the concept of the constituent power, the evolution of the European Central Bank and the European Monetary Union during the Eurozone and Covid-19 crises, and I’m completing my first book, The Political Idea of Central Bank Independence and the European Central Bank, which is under contract with the Oxford University Press. In my current work I examine the evolving role of independent institutions within and beyond the state in addressing the climate emergency.

Not available to supervise MPhil/PhD students


Expertise Details

International Political Economy; history and theory of money; European integration; European Central Bank; independent institutions; political economy of climate change; emergency politics; history of political and economic ideas

My research