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Dr Will Davies

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PositionSenior Lecturer in Politics
Department Politics
Email w.davies (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 +44 (020) 7717 3376
Dr Will Davies

Biographical information

I joined the department in April 2014, to lead the development of the new Politics Philosophy & Economics degree. Prior to this, I have worked at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick; Institute for Science Innovation & Society, University of Oxford; Centre for Mutual & Employee-owned Business, University of Oxford. I did my PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, before which I spent 5 years working in public policy think tanks. My research looks at the policy uses of economics, the history of neoliberal thought, the rise of economic psychology as a tool of governance and the politics of corporate ownership.

Teaching

I teach a 2nd year course, Liberal Government & Power, and a 1st year course, Contemporary Themes & Issues in Political Economy.

Areas of supervision

I am interested in hearing from prospective PhD students interested in economic sociology, political economy, cultural economy, critical policy studies and the history of the social sciences.

Research Interests

My research explores how we have come to understand and govern economic practices in the way that we do. To explore this, I draw on a combination of history of economics, the work of Michel Foucault, the pragmatist sociology of Luc Boltanski and related traditions of cultural and critical theory. My concern in all of this is the question of how political and philosophical issues have been excluded from everyday economic practices, and how they might be reintroduced, for critical and transformative purposes. I am especially interested in the history of neoliberalism, and more recently in how mental wellbeing has become an economic policy issue. In order to consider how economic institutions can be constructed differently, I have also carried out research on co-operatives and alternative economic practices.

Publications

Book

Financial Melancholia: Mental Health and Indebtedness
Davies, Will; Montgomerie, Johnna and Wallin, Sara. 2015. Financial Melancholia: Mental Health and Indebtedness. London: Political Economy Research Centre.

The Happiness Industry: How the government and big business sold us wellbeing
Davies, Will. 2015. The Happiness Industry: How the government and big business sold us wellbeing. London: Verso. ISBN 978-1-78168-845-8

The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty & The Logic of Competition
Davies, Will. 2014. The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty & The Logic of Competition. SAGE. ISBN 978-1446270684

Article

The return of social government: From ‘socialist calculation’ to ‘social analytics’
Davies, Will. 2015. The return of social government: From ‘socialist calculation’ to ‘social analytics’. European Journal of Social Theory, 18(4), pp. 431-450. ISSN 1368-4310

The Chronic Social: Relations of Control Within and Without Neoliberalism
Davies, Will. 2015. The Chronic Social: Relations of Control Within and Without Neoliberalism. New Formations, Winter, pp. 40-57. ISSN 0950-2378

'When is a market not a market? ‘Exemption’, ‘externality’ and ‘exception’ in the case of European State Aid rules'
Davies, Will. 2013. 'When is a market not a market? ‘Exemption’, ‘externality’ and ‘exception’ in the case of European State Aid rules'. Theory Culture & Society, 30(2), pp. 32-59. ISSN 0263-2764

'The Emerging Neo-Communitarianism'
Davies, Will. 2012. 'The Emerging Neo-Communitarianism'. The Political Quarterly, 83(4), pp. 767-776.

‘Ways of owning: towards an economic sociology of privatization’
Davies, Will. 2012. ‘Ways of owning: towards an economic sociology of privatization’. Poetics, 20(2), pp. 167-184. ISSN 0304-422X

‘Rationalities of ignorance: on financial crisis and the ambivalence of neo-liberal epistemology’
Davies, Will and McGoey, Linsey. 2012. ‘Rationalities of ignorance: on financial crisis and the ambivalence of neo-liberal epistemology’. Economy & Society, 41(1), pp. 64-83. ISSN 0308-5147

‘Economics and the “nonsense” of law: the case of the Chicago antitrust revolution’
Davies, Will. 2012. ‘Economics and the “nonsense” of law: the case of the Chicago antitrust revolution’. Economy and Society, 39(1), pp. 64-83. ISSN 0308-5147

‘Knowing the Unknowable: The Epistemological Authority of Innovation Policy Experts’
Davies, Will. 2011. ‘Knowing the Unknowable: The Epistemological Authority of Innovation Policy Experts’. Social Epistemology, 25(4), pp. 401-421. ISSN 0269-1728

Economic advice as a vocation: symbioses of scientific and political authority
Davies, Will. 2011. Economic advice as a vocation: symbioses of scientific and political authority. British Journal of Sociology, 62(2), pp. 304-323. ISSN 0007-1315

The Political Economy of Unhappiness
Davies, Will. 2011. The Political Economy of Unhappiness. New Left Review, 71, pp. 65-80. ISSN 0028-6060

Digital

"Swamped" by anti-immigration campaigns
Jones, Hannah; Bhattacharyya, Gargi; Forkert, Kirsten; Davies, Will; Dhaliwal, Sukhwant; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Jackson, Emma and Saltus,, Roiyah. 2014. "Swamped" by anti-immigration campaigns.

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