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Melsen Babe is a PhD student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, specializing in the governance of the Global Political Economy. His main research interests revolve around the politics of the international monetary and financial systems, with an emphasis on leading central banks. He has worked on a variety of projects that cover issue areas such as large-scale asset purchases by central banks, macroeconomic policy and coordination, exchange rates, macroprudential regulation, FinTech, and innovation.

Before embarking on his doctoral studies, Melsen served as Research Associate in the Global Economy Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Previously, Melsen received a MA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, where he examined the distributional consequences of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing programmes.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2018
  • President’s Graduate Scholarship, 2018
  • Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship
  • Bridge Funding Scholarship, 2017


  • Helleiner, Eric, and M. Babe. (Forthcoming). “The evolution of the international monetary and financial system.” In John Ravenhill (ed.), Global Political Economy (6th edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Global Political Economy / Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)

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