Dr Greig Charnock

Senior Lecturer

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Greig has taught international politics at this university since 2005. He currently convenes undergraduate courses on 'The Politics of Globalisation' and 'Global Capitalism, Crisis and Revolt'. At MA level, he convenes the core module 'Critical Approaches to IPE'. 

His current research agenda focuses on various dimensions of what has been termed the 'fourth industrial revolution'. This agenda represents a natural progression from his collaborative theoretical work on the new international division of labour, with its focus on the shifting dynamics of production and labour markets across the world. In particular, he is interested in whether developments in digital technologies are so disruptive as to worsen conditions of social-ecological reproduction in the crisis economies of the European South, or whether they can be harnessed to enhance democratic means of participation and administration, as well as to generate new and more sustainable economic models. Greig's immediate case study is the city of Barcelona, which is not only attracting unprecedented levels of investment in ICT sectors, but which has also become a global referent for ‘smart’ urban transformation, social innovation, and a ‘new municipalism’. 

Greig is co-editor of The New International Division of Labour (2016) and co-author of The Limits to Capital in Spain (2014), both published in Palgrave's International Political Economy series. Past research articles  include one on urban monopoly rent and the contradictions of the 'Barcelona model' of urban competitiveness; and another on dialectics and the theorisation of space in the work of Henri Lefebvre and David Harvey, in a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly. A co-authored report on the indignados protests of 2011 in Spain was published in Capital & Class.

Greig's past publications include an article on Henri Lefebvre in Antipodea related article which looks at urban transformations in Barcelona through a Lefebvrian lens in Society and Space, and an piece on the relevance of - and limits to - a scalar approach to international political economy in the journal Politics (subsequently republished online in a virtual issue incorporating articles reflecting new political trends).    

He has held visting positions at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona.


2005, PhD in International Politics, The University of Manchester

2001, MA (with distinction) International Political Economy, The University of Manchester

1997, BA (Hons) Politics, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Greig is a member of the editorial board of the journal Capital & Class. He is a member of the advsory board of URBS: Revista de Estudios Urbanos y Ciencias Sociales (Spain). 

External positions

Undergraduate External Examiner, School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy, University of York

Sep 2017Jul 2021

Taught Postgraduate External Examiner, School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy, University of York

Sep 2017Jan 2019

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