Professor of Political Economy
Director of Research (Strategy)
Room: C1.18, Social Science Building
From October 2013 to September 2016 I am bought out on an ESRC Professorial Fellowship. I will therefore not have weekly Advice and Feedback Hours. However, please email me if you wish to make an appointment.
The advert announcing two ESRC-funded PhD studentships linked to my Professorial Fellowship project is now live on the departmental website. Deadline for applications: January 13th 2014.
The Keynote Address I gave to the Inaugural IPE Oresund Workshop on November 8th 2013 can be downloaded here.
Access my SPERI Comment blog post page.
Read my latest Politics @ Warwick blog post.
I am Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies and a member of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation. I came to Warwick in January 2007 from the University of Birmingham, where I had been a full-time member of academic staff since October 1999, and where before that I had studied for my PhD. From October 2013 to September 2016 I am an Economic and Social Research Council Professorial Fellow engaged on the project, 'Rethinking the Market'. The stand-alone website for my project is now fully operational.
My research interests are concentrated in the broad area of political economy, and I have a particular concern for trying to understood politically that most ubiquitous of modern economic institutions: 'the market'. What does it mean to live life as a market-bound economic agent, how has that agency been culturally inscribed in modern history, and what plausible political means are there to escape its behavioural logics? My overall programme of research is designed to allow me to understand the multiple ways in which the market economy becomes embedded in everyday experience: as a set of institutions designed to naturalise behaviour, as an ideological blueprint for the common sense of society, as formal practices manifesting routinely reproduced exchange relations, as evolving ideas incorporated into the history of economic thought, as reflections in popular culture, and as something to organise political resistance against. Every piece which appears on my research CV speaks directly to one aspect or more of this broader programme.
PhD Supervision and Postdoc Mentoring
I have supervised eighteen PhD students to completion, all successfully, and I have nine further PhD students currently under supervision, either solely registered at Warwick or as part of the Erasmus Mundus GEM School PhD Programme. All of them have worked or are working in the broad area of political economy and have research interests which intersect my own in important ways.
Information about two ESRC-funded PhD studentships which will be linked to my Professorial Fellowship project is now available from the departmental website. Full details about how to apply can also be found on my project website. The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday January 13th 2014. I am also very keen to add further PhD students to my 'Rethinking the Market' project from other sources, so please do contact me if you are seeking funding through the department for doctoral study which complements my project objectives.
For the last five years I have been responsible for running the Professional Socialisation Series organised for the department's PhD students by the CRIPS Committee. The series is designed to give our PhD students insights into what to expect from the profession if they are targeting an academic career and how to put themselves in the best possible position to realise those ambitions. Many of the sessions have been recorded and are available on my podcast page.
I have also had responsibility during my career for mentoring thirteen Postdoctoral Fellows. All of these people are either still on the Early Career Scholar programme at Warwick or have moved successfully into a permament lectureship. Please contact me if your research interests are similar to mine and you wish to apply for postdoc funding via Warwick.