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Research interests

My primary research focus is in the field of political economy. I am interested in ideas of ownership of resources, particularly in alternative models of public ownership informed by anarchist and Marxist traditions and how these approaches can relate to radical understandings of democracy and ‘ideal’ or ‘developmental’ conceptions of liberty. Currently I am working on projects including the application of Rousseau’s conception of the political community to the worker-owned firm, and a location of worker co-operatives in contemporary Marxist theory.

I also have a strong interest in political psychology and the application of experimental methods to empirical political theory. I am currently working on a collaborative study to explore the relationship between political leanings, epistemic belief systems and the evaluation of models of distributive justice.

Supervisory Interests

I would be interested in supervising prospective PhD students on topics relating to co-operatives and worker ownership.

Approach to teaching

I currently lead two level 5 modules in the BA Politics programme in SASS

  • UK Politics: From Government to Governance
  • Political Analysis

I also lead the level 4 module Introduction to Research Methods in SASS.

My teaching style blends appropriate learning technologies with more traditional seminar teaching approaches. This includes the use of social media to share relevant news stories outside of the classroom, and the use of quiz and polling software within seminars.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of York


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