Greig Charnock


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2019, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK

2005, PhD in International Politics, The University of Manchester

2001, MA (with distinction) International Political Economy, The University of Manchester

1997, BA (Hons) Politics, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne 


Greig has taught international politics at this university since 2005. He currently convenes undergraduate courses on 'The Politics of Globalisation' and 'Global Capitalism, Crisis and Revolt'. At MA level, he convenes the core module 'Critical Globalisation Studies'. 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Greig is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Capital & Classand serves on the advisory board of URBS: Revista de Estudios Urbanos y Ciencias Sociales (Spain). 

Research interests

Greig is co-author of two books: David Harvey: A Critical Introduction to Hs Thought (Routledge, 2023) and The Limits to Capital in Spain (Palgrave, 2014). He is co-editor of 22@barcelona: Un distrito de innovación en disputa (Icaria, 2023) and The New International Division of Labour (Palgrave, 2016).

Greig's research is associated with the 'Open Marxism' and 'science as practical criticism' approaches to political economy. His critical engagement with these approaches has been in two areas. First, he has extended its empirical focus into the politics of global competitiveness in the developing world and at the urban scale, and into the European South in the context of the Eurozone crisis and the ensuing decade or more of austerity. Second, he has engaged the approach with theories of the 'production of space', pushing it into new and interdisciplinary areas of theoretical and empirical research in the process. 

Greig's current research agenda focuses on various dimensions of what has been termed the 'fourth industrial revolution'. This agenda represents a natural progression from his collaborative theoretical work on the new international division of labour, with its focus on the shifting dynamics of production and labour markets across the world. In particular, he is interested in whether developments in digital technologies are so disruptive as to worsen conditions of social-ecological reproduction in the crisis economies of the European South, or whether they can be harnessed to enhance democratic means of participation and administration, as well as to generate new and more sustainable economic models.

Greig's immediate case study is the city of Barcelona, which is not only attracting unprecedented levels of investment in ICT sectors, but which has also become a global referent for ‘smart city' transformation, social innovation, and a ‘new municipalism’. 

Since 2020, Greig has been a member of the Co-Working Research Collective (CORECOL). The results of ESRC/digit-funded research on the future of UK co-working spaces after the Covid-19 pandemic will be published in 2022-23. 

My group

Greig is a member of the Global Political Economy Research Cluster (GPERC) in the department of Politics. He is also affiliated to the Manchester Urban Institute.

He is an active member of the Co-Working Research Collective (CORECOL), with Ödül Bozkurt (Sussex), Jennifer Johns (Bristol), Harry Pitts (Exeter), and Edward Yates (Sheffield). 

Supervision information

Completed PGR Supervisions

Dr William Harvey (2019) Global Transformations and the British Working Class, 1997-2010. Will is a Senior Policy Advisor at HM Treasury.

Dr Kelvin Charles (2017) The Common in Hardt and Negri. 

Dr Jon Las Heras (2017) Spanish Trade Union Strategy in the Automotive Industry. Jon is Lecturer in Industrial Economics at the Universidad del Pais Vasco (Spain).

Dr Martín Arboleda (2015) Resource Extraction and the Extension of the Urban Form. Martín is Lecturer in Sociology at the Universidad Diego Portales (Chile). 

Dr Giulia Sirigu (2015) Continuity and Change in Mexican Foreign Policy under Fox. Giulia is a Represenative of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the UK. 

Dr Thomas Houseman (2011) Adorno, Conceptuality and Global Governance Institutions. Tom is Senior Lecturer in Politics & IR at Leeds Beckett University. 

Dr Thomas Purcell (2010) A Marxian Analysis of 'Endogenous Development' in Venezuela. Tom is Lecturer in IPE at King's College, London. 

Dr Japhy Wilson (2009) Abstract Space and the Plan Puebla Panama. Japhy is an Honorary Fellow in IPE at The University of Manchester. 


Activities and esteem

Lectures and conference activity (2014-)

Academic invitations received for the presentation of external lectures or departmental seminars 

  1. (2017) ‘El capital y la revolución urbana: A favor de la crítica de la economía política y en contra de su superación espacial’, First International Symposium on Studies in the Critique of Political Economy, Universities of Buenos Aires and Quilmes (Argentina), 14 March.
  2. (2016) ‘Space, Time and Value’, ESRC SWDTC Workshop: Marx in the Key of Hope, University of Bath, 29 January.
  3. (2015) ‘Why does space matter?’, International Workshop: Labour in Transition and Urban Transformation, University of Bath, 9 September.

Presentation of seminar and conference papers internationally

  1. (2022) ‘Coworking Through and After Covid-19’, International Labour Process Conference (Padua, Italy), April
  2. (2020) ‘Co-working Spaces, Cities and Covid-19’, Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (Milan, Italy), December

Presentation of conference papers in the UK

  1. (2022) ‘Co-working While Competing?’, Co-working and the Future of Work Research and Stakeholder Workshop (Brighton), October
  2. (2019) ‘Digital Capitalism and the Production of Space’, BISA-IPEG Annual Conference (London), May. 

Conference and workshop organisation

  1. (2020) Organiser UoM-funded workshop on 'Co-working Spaces, Labour and the City' (Manchester), March. 
  2. (2016) Co-convenor of two conference panels on ‘Understanding Global Transformation and Uneven Development’, Historical Materialism annual conference (London), November. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

School External Examiner, Liverpool Hope University College

Sep 2022Jul 2024

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught External Examiner, Politics & International Relations, School of Humanities, Liverpool Hope University College

Sep 2021Jul 2025

Undergraduate External Examiner, School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy, University of York

Sep 2017Jul 2021

Taught Postgraduate External Examiner, School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy, University of York

Sep 2017Jan 2019

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute


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