Co-Lead, Research Theme 1: The Impact of Digitalisation on Work and Employment
Leeds University Business School
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I have worked at the University of Leeds since completing my PhD and currently hold the position of Professor of Economics and Political Economy. I am also Head of the Economics Division, Leeds University Business School.


My research lies in labour economics and political economy. I adopt an interdisciplinary approach in both research and teaching and engage with ideas from the history of economic thought. My research focuses on the conception of work within economics and other disciplines. I am eager to explore the nature and limits of economics as a way to understand the world as it exists now and how it might exist in the future.

Research interests
  • The conception of work
  • Automation and the future of work
  • Political economy and the history of economic thought
Research articles

Economics and ‘bad’ management: the limits to performativity, Cambridge Journal of Economics, forthcoming

Fear and hope in an age of mass automation: debating the future of work, (2018), New Technology, Work and Employment, 33(1): 1-12.

Work in and beyond the Second Machine Age: the politics of production and digital technologies, Work, Employment and Society, 31(1): 142-152.

Policy publications

Digital automation and the future of work (with Mark Stuart, Matt Cole, Simon Joyce, Xanthe Whittaker) at the request of the Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) and managed by the Scientific Foresight Unit, within the Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS) of the Secretariat of the European Parliament. January 2021

Planned Research working papers and delivery date

The future of work, European Parliament (Oct 2019-Jan 2020)