Professor Will Davies

Staff details

Position Co-Head of the Department
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Professor Will Davies

I am a sociologist and political economist, working on diverse topics, including neoliberalism, happiness science, environmental politics and anti-expert politics. What links this work is an interest in the interface of knowledge and power, drawing on the work of Michel Foucault, Luc Boltanski and Max Weber. I am Co-Director of the interdisciplinary Political Economy Research Centre and convene the BA in Politics Philosophy & Economics.

Academic qualifications

  • BA Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge 1998
  • MA Modern European Philosophy, University of Essex 1999
  • PhD Sociology, Goldsmiths 2009

Teaching and Supervision

BA Politics Philosophy & Economics

Publications and research outputs


Davies, Will; Dutta, Sahil Jai; Taylor, Nick and Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. Unprecedented? How COVID-19 Revealed the Politics of Our Economy. London: Goldsmiths Press. ISBN 9781913380120

Davies, Will. 2020. This is Not Normal: The collapse of liberal Britain. London: Verso.

Davies, Will. 2018. Nervous States: How feeling took over the world. London: Jonathan Cape. ISBN 9781787330108

Jones, Hannah; Gunaratnam, Yasmin; Bhattacharyya, Gargi; Davies, Will; Dhaliwal, Sukhwant; Forkert, Kirsten; Jackson, Emma and Saltus, Roiyah. 2017. Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526113221

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

Davies, Will. 2015. The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being. London: Verso. ISBN 9781781688458

Davies, Will. 2014. The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition. London: SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781446270684

Edited Book

Davies, Will, ed. 2018. Economic Science Fictions. London: Goldsmiths Press. ISBN 9781906897680

Book Section

Davies, Will. 2020. Post-Liberal Competitions?: Pragmatics of Gamification and Weaponisation. In: David Stark, ed. The Performance Complex: Competition and Competitions in Social Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198861669

Davies, Will. 2018. The Neoliberal State: Power Against Politics. In: Damien Cahill; Melinda Cooper; Martijn Konings and David Primrose, eds. The Sage Handbook of Neoliberalism. London: Sage. ISBN 9781412961721

Davies, Will. 2017. Elites without Hierarchies: Intermediaries, 'Agency' and the super-rich. In: Ray Forrest; Sin Yee Koh and Bart Wissink, eds. Cities and the Super-Rich: Real Estate, Elite Practices, and Urban Political Economies. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 19-38. ISBN 9781137557155

Davies, Will. 2015. Spirits of Neoliberalism: 'Competitiveness' and 'Wellbeing' as rival orders of worth. In: Richard Rottenburg; Sally Merry; Sung-Joon Park and Joanna Mugler, eds. World of Indicators: the making of governmental knowledge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 283-306. ISBN 9781316091265


Davies, Will. 2021. The Revenge of Sovereignty on Government? The Release of Neoliberal Politics from Economics Post-2008. Theory, Culture & Society, 38(6), pp. 95-118. ISSN 0263-2764

Davies, Will and Gane, Nicholas. 2021. Post-neoliberalism? An introduction. Theory, Culture & Society, 38(6), pp. 3-28. ISSN 0263-2764

Davies, Will. 2021. The Politics of Recognition in the Age of Social Media. New Left Review(128), pp. 83-99. ISSN 0028-6060

Davies, Will. 2021. Anti-Equivalence: Pragmatics of post-liberal dispute. European Journal of Social Theory, 24(1), pp. 44-64. ISSN 1368-4310

Taylor, Nicholas and Davies, Will. 2021. The Financialization of Anti-capitalism? The case of the ‘Financial Independence Retire Early’ Community. Journal of Cultural Economy, 14(6), pp. 694-710. ISSN 1753-0350

Davies, Will. 2020. Green Populism?: Action and mortality in the anthropocene. Environmental Values, 29(6), pp. 647-668. ISSN 0963-2719

Davies, Will. 2020. Succession Economics: Sustaining prosperity beyond death. CUSP Working Paper Series(24), ISSN 2397-8341

Davies, Will. 2020. Anger Fast & Slow: Mediations of justice and violence in the Age of Populism. Global Discourse, 10(2-3), pp. 169-185. ISSN 2326-9995

Davies, Will. 2020. Coronavirus and progressive taxation. Discover Society,

Davies, Will. 2020. Society as a Broadband Network. London Review of Books, 42(7), ISSN 0260-9592

Davies, Will. 2020. The last global crisis didn't change the world. But this one could. The Guardian, ISSN 0261-3077

Davies, Will. 2019. The Political Economy of Pulse: Techno-somatic rhythm and real-time data. Ephemera, 19(3), pp. 513-536. ISSN 2052-1499

Davies, Will. 2017. Elite Power under Advanced Neoliberalism. Theory Culture and Society, 34(5-6), pp. 227-250. ISSN 0263-2764

Davies, Will. 2017. Moral Economies of the Future - the Utopian Impulse of Sustainable Prosperity. CUSP Working Paper Series(5),

Davies, Will. 2017. How Are We Now?: Real-time mood-monitoring as valuation. Journal of Cultural Economy, 10(1), pp. 34-48. ISSN 1753-0350

Davies, Will. 2016. The New Neoliberalism. New Left Review, 101, ISSN 0028-6060

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

Davies, Will. 2015. The Chronic Social: Relations of Control Within and Without Neoliberalism. New Formations(84/85), pp. 40-57. ISSN 0950-2378

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Davies, Will. 2010. ‘Economics and the “nonsense” of law: the case of the Chicago antitrust revolution’. Economy and Society, 39(1), pp. 64-83. ISSN 0308-5147

Conference or Workshop Item

O'Sullivan, Simon D.; Davies, Will and Hameed, Ayesha. 2018. 'Tank Book Talks (with Will Davies and Ayesha Hameed)'. In: Tank Book Talks. Tank, Great Portland Street, London, United Kingdom 18 October 2018.


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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