Staff profile

Professor Alex Nunn

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

Alex Nunn


Social Sciences


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I am Professor of Global Political Economy in the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences and Head of the Centre for Social, Cultural and Legal Research. Prior to this, I was at Leeds Beckett University in the politics and international relations group and was the founding Director of the Centre for Applied Social Research and Director of the Policy Research Institute.

My academic research focuses on the reproduction of different forms of social inequality and the role of institutions and services in shaping these processes in ways that both accentuate and also reduce inequalities.

I have also undertaken a large number of applied research and consultancy projects on behalf of central and local government organisations in the uk and for international organisations such as the council of europe and european commission. this work focuses on social and labour market policy and governance.  For instance, I regularly lead large, inter-disciplinary research teams to undertake policy evaluations and applied social research projects.

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 two broad areas of research ongoing at the moment. The first relates to the political economy of inequality at all scales from the global through to the local. The second relates to the governance and organisation of labour markets and the provision of labour market services.

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: