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Syed Kamall

Professor of Politics and International Relations

Syed Kamall

About Research



Syed Kamall was appointed Professor of Politics and International Relations in September 2019.  He is a member of the House of Lords and sits on the Communications and Digital Committee. He is also Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Commonwealth.

He has served as the Minister for Technology, Innovation and Life Sciences at the Department of Health and Social Care and the Minister for Civil Society, Heritage, Tourism and Growth at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

From 2019/21, Syed was the Academic and Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, the UK’s leading classical liberal think tank and an education charity.

From May 2005 to June 2019, he was a Member of the European Parliament for London. In the European Parliament, he was leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists pan-EU political group of MEPs from 19 countries, and worked to promote open trade, tech start-ups and proportionate financial regulation. As the most senior elected British MEP, he acted as an interlocutor between UK and EU negotiators.

He formerly worked in IT and as a strategy, public affairs and diversity consultant.  His previous academic research was in the area of international business, market entry and foreign direct investment (FDI), especially in transition economies.

In London, he regularly met and worked with local community projects tackling poverty and social exclusion.  He is currently setting up a microfinance project to offer online grants to entrepreneurs from poorer communities. He is also in discussions to set up a local charities network to help inspire and incubate more local community charities.

In his rare moments of leisure, he spends time with his family and enjoys reading, travelling, cycling and playing cricket. He plays electric bass or guitar and sings in a blues band.


Research profile

Syed teaches the International Organisations module of the Politics and International Relations BA (Hons) and Social Justice From Theory to Practice module on the Social Justice and Public Service MA. He has taught the Global Governance module of the Diplomacy and International Relations MA and supervised BSc Business Management,  BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations MA Diplomacy and International Relations and PhD dissertations.

Selected academic publications

Clegg, Jeremy & Kamall, Syed & Leung, Mary. (1996). European multinational activity in telecommunications services in the Peoples' Republic of China: Firm strategy and government policy. Management International Review. 36. pp. 111-137 [ABS Ranking 3*, SJR Ranking Q1]

Kamall, S.S.. (1996). Communicating in Multinational Organization. Management Learning. 27. 157-159. [ABS Ranking 3*, SJR Ranking Q1]

Kamall, Syed. (1996). The economics of change in East and Central Europe: Its impact on international business. International Business Review - INT BUS REV. 5. 231-232. [ABS Ranking 3*, SJR Ranking Q1]

Kamall, Syed (1996) Telecommunications Policy (Spicers European Union policy briefings) Cartermill International 

Strange, Roger & Kamall, Syed & Tan, Hui. (1997). Operating as a Foreign Company in China: Introduction and Overview. Asia Pacific Business Review. 3. 1-19. [ABS Ranking 2*, SJR Ranking Q2]

Tan, Hui & Strange, Roger & Kamall, Syed. (1998). Operating as a foreign company in China: Introduction and Overview.

van Hoinaru, Raz & Dumitru Stolojan, Theodor & Kamall, Syed & Theurer, Michael & De Cambourg, Patrick & Boutellis-Taft, Olivier. (2017). Accountancy, Accountability and Practice. Accounting, Economics, and Law: A Convivium. 7. 10.1515/ael-2017-0009.

Kamall, Syed. (2020). Freight Expectations: Post-pandemic Prospects for Global Trade. SSRN Electronic Journal. 10.2139/ssrn.3851963.

Davies, S., & Kamall, S. (2021). Chinese Puzzle: A Classical Liberal Approach to Post-pandemic Relations with China. Institute of Economic Affairs, Briefing 11: August 2020, Available at SSRN.

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