Dr Ian Bruff

Lecturer in in European Politics

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Research interests

My research is founded upon a core interest in the materialities and experiences of living in capitalism. From this I focus on a number of theoretical and empirical issues, such as:

- The rise of authoritarian neoliberalism - particularly with regard to its roots in canonical neoliberal thought, the recent evolution of the capitalist state, and intensified crises of social reproduction - and its contestation by various resistance movements

- European political economy, at a range of scales (EU, national, regional, etc.)

- Critical social theory, especially Antonio Gramsci and related historical materialists and Feminist Political Economy

- Literary theories regarding authoring, normative grammars, and techniques of production

- Uneven development in/of capitalism and debates on capitalist diversity

- Sociology of the body, culture, and pedagogy 

I am currently researching the foundations of neoliberal thought and the contemporary implications of these explorations.

Other research

Doctoral supervision

I currently co-supervise 4 PhD students, two co-supervised with colleagues in Sociology at Manchester. Their projects cover a range of topics: the role of economic forums in promoting development in India and Turkey; everyday life and questions of recognition and distinction in Turkey; Jeremy Corbyn's project of social democratic revitalisation in the UK Labour Party; and utilities-based indebtedness in Greece and the UK. I have co-supervised to completion 5 PhD projects, on: the politics of labour in the Euro Area's strategies of competitiveness; the revival of securitisation in the EU; the relationship between art and politics in the work of Alfredo Jaar; political education and civil society in Egypt; and power hierarchies and struggles within the WTO.

I would be delighted to supervise PhD students in the areas listed under the 'Research' heading of my profile and/or as indicated by my publications record. Moreover, I am happy to welcome doctoral researchers to Manchester as a Visiting Student. I have mentored 6 students up to now, whose projects concerned: neoliberalisation processes in Italy; struggles over social reproduction and crisis in Spain; debates about neo-Gramscian theory; women's experiences of household indebtedness in Greece and Turkey; struggles over water in Ireland and Australia; and the politics of organising labour at chokepoints in Brazil and Portugal.


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display