Photo credit: Mona Eedra (Copenhagen)

I am a political economist and writer, exploring public sector reform, outsourcing, climate governance, and the political economy of the state.

Co-authored with my PhD supervisor, Mariana Mazzucato, my forthcoming book The Big Con: How the Consulting Industry Weakens our Businesses, Infantilizes our Governments and Warps our Economies will be published in the UK in February 2023 by Penguin/Allen Lane and in the US in March 2023 by Penguin Press. Translations will subsequently be published by Laterza (Italy), Campus Verlag (Germany), Epikentro (Greece), Taurus (Spain), Companhia de Letras (Brazil), Heterodox (Poland), and Nieuw Amsterdam (Netherlands).

My media writing has been published in the Guardian, the New Statesman and openDemocracy, amongst other places. I regularly provide policy advice to think tanks, trade unions, and other (not-for-profit) organisations.

My PhD research develops an account of the state as a producer, and address two gaps in knowledge. The first part draws on evolutionary, institutional and Marxian economic theory to analyse how public sector reforms have affected capabilities necessary for steering the green transition. The second part examines green transition capacity as a contested domain of government production. It focuses on Chile and Denmark as two countries that have implemented ambitious national climate laws — in 2022 and 2020, respectively — and explores how they are seeking to build relevant state capacity after decades of reform, which other actors are seeking to shape the implementation (or production) of the climate acts, and how this interacts with structural pressures on the state and their economies.

In my relatively short academic career, I have been fortunate to work with and learn from leading pluralist economists and political scientists, and my previous research with them has explored the consequences of public sector digitalisation for government IT infrastructure privatisation and related technical capabilities, and the consequences of  pharmaceutical industry financialisation for innovation. 

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