School of Social and Political Science

Alexis Montambault-Trudelle

Job Title

PhD Student

Research interests


Research interests

My research draws on Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund to explore the effects of internal political dynamics on sovereign wealth management. I investigate how intra-elite dynamics, regime structures and state-society relations in the post-2015 Saudi political landscape shape the sovereign wealth fund's institutional design and behaviour, whether in the Kingdom or across the global financial market. I am particularly interested in the political economy of Gulf states and the multiple facets surrounding the relationship between states and the financial market.



  • Ph.D Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh (2019- )
  • M.A. Études politiques apliquées, Université de Sherbrooke 
  • B.A. Études politiques appliquées, Université de Sherbrooke 

Other Courses and Experience

Teaching Fellow, Political Systems of the Middle East, Université de Sherbrooke, 2022/2023 

Teaching Fellow, Qualitative Methods in teaching the social universe, Université de Sherbrooke, 2022/2023 

Research Assistant, Transformation of Public Debt Management, P.I. Dr. Charlotte Rommerskirchen, 2021/2022

Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference and Policy Evaluation, Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, University of Essex, 2021 

History of Economic Thought: Human Behaviour and Economic Activity, Oxford Summer School, University of Oxford, 2017


2022  'Towards a sociology of state investment funds? sovereign wealth funds and state-business relations in Saudi Arabia' New Political Economy,DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2022.2126448

2022  'The Public Investment Fund and Salman's state: the political drivers of sovereign wealth management in Saudi Arabia', Review of International Political EconomyDOI: 10.1080/09692290.2022.2069143 

2018 "Les politiques commerciales du Conseil de Coopération du Golfe face au concept de solidarité arabe", Centre d'études sur l'intégration et la mondialisation, 2018 (online access)

Conferences & Presentations

Institut de Recherche et d'Information Socioéconomique (IRIS), The Green Rentier State: Diversification and Sovereign Wealth Funds in Saudi Arabia, 8 November 2022, Montréal, Québec

BISA/International Political Economy (IPEG) Annual Workshop, IPE in (Post-) Pandemic Times, 27th-28th January 2022, University of Warwick. Paper: A King's Ransom: How Saudi domestic politics shape sovereign wealth fund choices

Warwick Critical Finance Workshop, 24th September 2021, University of Warwick. Paper: The Politics of Profits: Sovereign Wealth Funds, Regime Change and Political Interests in Saudi Arabia

Association Francophone pour le Savoir (ACFAS) 86th General Conference (2018)Paper: Rente pétrolière et solidarité arabe: le cas du Conseil de Coopération du Golfe, 2018

Guest lecturer, undergraduate course (2018): "The Geopolitics of Energy", Université de Sherbrooke

Guest lecturer, undergraduate course (2018):"The Politics of Economic Decision", Université de Sherbrooke