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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 am the course leader for the BA Politics programme at the University of Brighton, and lecture on British politics, political theory, political economy and terrorism and political violence.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Worker Ownership, Democratic Management and Developmental Freedom in British Worker Co-operatives , University of York


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