International partnerships

Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico

In 2019, the Centre for Global Political Economy (CGPE) and the Department of International Development at the University of Sussex entered an informal cooperative agreement with the Critical Development Studies Unit, Autonomous University of Zacatecas, Mexico. This agreement is designed to generate research and teaching opportunities for colleagues at PhD level and upwards at both institutions by enabling doctoral students to receive informal supervision from faculty at both institutions, enabling post-doctoral students to conduct research at both institutions, entailing up to a year spent at the partner institution, enable faculty to engage in joint grant bids and research and facilitating short visits for faculty to undertake teaching.

Please note: funding for these initiatives will have to be sought by interested parties. If you are interested in participating in this initiative, please contact Benjamin Selwyn at Sussex ( and Edgar Zayago at Zacatecas (

Socio-Legal Studies Centre, Universidad Libre, Colombia

CGPE has a longstanding connection with the Socio-Legal Research Centre at the Universidad Libre, going back to 2016 when we scholars at Sussex and Universidad Libre began to collaborate on our project Capital and Accountability.
The first stage of the project, funded by the Sussex Social Science Impact Fund, was co-organised between the two universities, alongside a number of social movement partners. It resulted in the publication of a book in Spanish and English: Righting Corporate Wrongs: Extractivism, Impunity and Strategic Use of Law (London: War on Want, 2019) and Cómo reparar las injusticias cometidas por los empresarios: extractivismo, impunidad empresarial y uso estratégico del derecho (Bogotá: Palma Arismendi Colección Académica, 2021).

Our two centres also continue to collaborate on initiatives emerging from this project, including a series of events on Law, Violence and Political Economy.