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Dr Ngai-Ling Sum

Honorary Researcher

Ngai-Ling Sum

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 594274

Office Hours:

My office hours are Thursday 1-3.

PhD supervision

Cultural Political Economy, International Political Economy, Regulation Approach, East Asian political economy, BRIC, Cross-border Regions, Pearl River Delta, Corporate Social Responsibility, Cultural Political Economy of Competitiveness, Wal-Martization, and Globalization and Transnational Politics

Research Interests

Ngai-Ling Sum's theoretical interests centre on the regulation approach, international political economy, and the challenges of post-structuralism. She is particularly interested in developing a 'cultural political economy' that combines the 'cultural turn' and the study of 'political economy' considered both as a set of methods and as a field of study. She is also the co-director of the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre (for more information on 'cultural political economy' and the centre visit http:www.lancaster.ac.uk/cperc). More recently, she has been working on global governance, transnational business governance, corporate social responsibility and the cultural political economy of competitiveness. Together with Prof. Bob Jessop, she co-ordinates an ESRC seminar series on 'Changing Cultures of Competitiveness' 2007-9 (http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/events/changingcultures/). She was granted the British Academy BARDA Award 2008-2010 on the Changing Cultures of Comeptitiveness: Comapring China and India.Empirically, she studies the 'cultural political economy' of Asia, cross-boder region of 'Pearl River Delta', the newly-industrializing countries before and after the Asian Crisis, and the BRIC imaginay. She participates in two international research projects on 'post-Crisis Asia' funded by the Korean Science Foundation and the EU Framework Six 'Priority 7' Programme on 'Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge-Based Society'. She is currently on the editorial boards of Pacific Review and Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies. She is also Programme Director of the MA on Globalization and the Information Age: Post-Disciplinary Perspectives and the Co-Director of MA Programmes. Her co-authored book (with Bob Jessop) on Beyond the Regulation Approach won the Gunnar Myrdal Prize for the best book published in 2006 that conforms broadly to the aims of the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy.

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Research Grants

2004-7 DEMOLOGOS, EU Framework Six 'Priority 7' Programme on 'Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge-Based Society' (No. CIT2-CT-2004-505462)

2007-9 ESRC research seminar series on 'Changing Cultures of Competitiveness' (with Universities of Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle and Northumbria) (No. RES-451-26-0439)

2008-2010 British Academy BARDA Award on 'Changing Cultures of Competitiveness: A Cultural Political Economy Approach' - a Comparison of Pearl River Delta (China) and India (No. BARDA-48854)

Additional Information


Selected Publications:

Sum, N-L. and Jessop, B. (2013) Towards a Cultural Political Economy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (submission March 2013).

Sum, N-L. (2010) 'Wal-Martization and CSR-ization in Developing Countries' in P. Utting and J. C. Marques (eds) Corporate Social Responsibility and Regulatory Governance: Towards Inclusive Development?, London: Palgrave and Geneva: UNRISD, 50-76.

Sum, N-L. (2009) 'The Production of Hegemonic Policy Discourses: "Competitiveness" as a Knowledge Brand and its Recontextualizations', Critical Policy Studies, 3 (2): 184-203.

Sum, N-L. (2008) 'Struggles Against Wal-Martization and Neo-liberal Comeptitiveness in (southern) China: Is Post-Neoliberalism an Alternative?' Development Dialogue, 51: 67-81.

Sum, N-L. (2006) Beyond the Regulation Approach: Putting Captialist Economies in their Place (with Bob Jessop), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (Awarded the Gunnar Mydral Prize by the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economics 2007).

Sum, N-L. (2006) 'Towards a Cultural Political Economy: Post-Structuralism and the Italian School' (with Bob Jessop) in M. de Goede (ed.) IPE and Postructural Politics, New York: Palgrave, 157-176.

Sum, N-L. (2005) 'Paradoxes and Ethical Transnation Production: Codes of Conduct in a Chinese Workplace' (co-authored with N. Pun), Competition and Change: Journal of Global Business and Political Economy, 9 (2): 181-200.

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