Interview series: Professor Richard Higgott

Professor Richard Higgott joins IPPA for an interview discussing his academic interests and research in the international political economy. In the video, Higgott discusses his transition from development studies to international political economy (IPE), major changes to global structures and recurring trends, differences in research methodologies in Europe and the United States, the concept of identity, and the role of culture and science in diplomacy, as well a policy turn in IPE. He was interviewed in Singapore by PhD candidate Ruijie Cheng.



Richard Higgott is Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Warwick where he founded and directed the UK/ESRC Centre for Globalisation and Regionalisation. He is currently Research Professor at the Institute for European Studies and Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy at Vesalius College at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and was a senior researcher on an H2020 project on European cultural and science diplomacy (2016-2019).


He was previously Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Australian National University and Professor of Government at the University of Manchester. Between 2006 and 2014 he held senior administrative appointments as Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at Warwick and as Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University in Western Australia.


He has been National Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, President of the Australasian Political Science Association, and Vice President of the USA International Studies Association. A former Fulbright Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government he is an elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences. 

He is the author and/or editor of 20+ books and edited volumes and 120+ peer reviewed book chapters and articles in major journals.



Higgott, R. (1983) Political Development Theory: The Contemporary Debate (Routledge International Series in Social and Political Thought). London: Routledge.


Higgott, R., Leaver, R. and Ravenhill, J. (1993) Pacific Economic Relations in the 1990s: Cooperation or Conflict? Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers.


Higgott, R. (1994) Ideas, identity and policy coordination in the Asia-Pacific?  The Pacific Review, (7)4: 367-379.


Higgott, R. (1999) Economics, politics and (international) political economy: The need for a balanced diet in an era of globalisation, New Political Economy, (4)1: 26-36;


Higgott, R. and van Langenhove, L. (2017) Culture and Science Diplomacy in the 21st Century. Can we Talk off a Practice Turn? Paper presented at ICPP3, Singapore.