Dr Ian Bruff

Senior Lecturer 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 2 PhD students. Their projects cover utilities-based indebtedness in Greece; and the politics of labour reforms in neoliberalising Italy. I have co-supervised to completion 8 PhD projects, on: Corbynism, democracy and neoliberalism; the role of economic forums in promoting neoliberal development in India and Turkey; everyday life and questions of recognition and distinction in Turkey; 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. Several of these have been co-supervised with a colleague from outside Politics; I welcome opportunities to be part of a cross-disciplinary supervisory team.

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: struggles over water in Ireland and Australia; the politics of organising labour at chokepoints in Brazil and Portugal; women's experiences of household indebtedness in Greece and Turkey; debates about neo-Gramscian theory; struggles over social reproduction and crisis in Spain; and neoliberalisation processes in Italy since the 1970s.


Research and projects

No current projects are available for public display