Professor David A Spencer - BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Leeds)

Professor of Economics and Political Economy

My research interests are focused on the economics of work, the history of economic thought and political economy. I have written on the nature and development of economic ideas on work, and have engaged with broader debates regarding work, including the labour process debate and theoretical and empirical analyses of the quality of work. Currently, I am involved in a joint research project investigating the changing nature of job quality in Britain. This research was funded by an initial grant from the DTI (now BERR) and has been widely referenced and reported.

A central objective of my research is to champion the case for 'political economy'. I am particularly concerned to develop a 'political economy of work'. I seek to advance beyond the mainstream economic analysis of work and demonstrate the advantages of perspectives from outside mainstream economics. My research is interdisciplinary and aims to build bridges between economics and the other social sciences. I have published extensively across my core interests in leading scholarly journals; my forthcoming book, 'The Political Economy of Work' (Routledge), draws upon and develops my research output to-date.

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