Staff profile

Professor Alex Nunn

Professor of Global Political Economy and Head of the Centre for Social, Cultural and Legal Research

Alex Nunn


Social Sciences


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Research centre

Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre, University Professorial Council


One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I am Director of the Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre. I am responsible for REF Unit 20 (Social Policy and Social Work) and have a number of University-wide roles, such as being a member of the central REF steering group and an elected member of the University Professorial Council.

My current research focus is on ‘the new politics of inequality’ in a number of different scalar-contexts, from micro-scale: e.g. the ways that inequalities are exaggerated or mitigated by the experience of frontline service delivery, through to the global scale: the way that IMF policy advice reflects a concern to control the politically destabilising effects of inequality.  Some of this work currently involves innovative inter-disciplinary methods such as the use of arts and theatre techniques to gather data, secure and measure research impact with marginalised and vulnerable social groups. 

I have held a series of management and leadership posts in higher education. I was Director of the Policy Research Institute, Head of Politics and Applied Global Ethics and Founding Director of the Centre for Applied Social Research at Leeds Beckett University.

I am a former convenor of the International Political Economy Group (IPEG) of the British International Studies Association, and am now on the IPEG Steering Committee and Book Prize Committee.

Teaching responsibilities

I will be teaching on the sociology, social policy, politics and international relations programmes.

I would welcome PhD applications in the following areas:

Research interests

I have three broad areas of research ongoing at the moment which fit within my research agenda on the 'new politics of inequality'.  The first relates to the political economy of inequality at all scales from the global through to the local and uses a materialist feminist lens to understand the ways in which inequalities are both produced and reproduced through the interaction of different institutional structures and agency. The second relates to the governance and organisation of labour markets and the provision of labour market services. The third explores the use of innovative arts and performance based research methods to investigate the experience of inequalities by young people in particular.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent publications

Selected outputs since 2014

Accepted, forthcoming

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Other Reports

More details of my publications can be found at: