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Dr Adam Fishwick

Job: Associate Professor/Reader in International Political Economy and Development Studies

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 207 8723




Personal profile

Adam Fishwick is an Associate Professor/Reader in International Political Economy and Development Studies at the Department of Politics, People and Place at De Montfort University, Leicester. He currently holds two research leadership roles as Associate Head of Department (Research and Enterprise) in the Department of Politics, People and Place and Faculty Head of Research Students for the Faculty of Business and Law, where he is responsible for postgraduate research.

Adam is an active, interdisciplinary researcher and a member of the Centre for Urban Research on Austerity and the People, Organisations and Work Institute in the Faculty of Business and Law. He is also co-founder of the Global Inequalities Research Group, which includes researchers from across politics, international relations, and law. 

His research interests include: the political economy of work and development, labour and social movements in Latin America, and alternatives to capitalism. He has published widely on these topics and, for 2020/21, was awarded a Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowship for his research on labour activism and austerity in Argentina and Chile. Adam has conducted extensive research on and in these countries, working in collaboration with researchers from the region in ongoing research projects on trade unions and grassroots collective self-organising.

Adam is interested in supervising PhDs and supporting postdoctoral applications in any of these research areas as well as (but are not limited to) the following:

  • International political economy of/and development
  • Political economy of work and labour in the Global South
  • Labour and social movements in Latin America
  • Alternatives to capitalism and collective self-organisation

Research group affiliations

Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)

People, Organisations and Work Institute (POWI)

Global Inequalities Research Group (GIRG)

Publications and outputs 


To see all of Adam's research outputs click here.

Key research outputs

Fishwick, Adam & Nicholas Kiersey (2021) Post-capitalist Futures: Political Economy Beyond Crisis and Hope (Pluto Press)

Hammer, Anita & Adam Fishwick (2020) The Political Economy of Work in the Global South: Reflections on Labour Process (Red Globe Press)

Fishwick, Adam (2019) 'Workplace occupation and the possibilities of popular power in Chile and Argentina, 1972-6', Globalizations

Fishwick, Adam & Heather Connolly (2018) Austerity and Working-Class Resistance: Survival, Disruption and Creation in Hard Times (Rowman and Littlefield International)

Fishwick, Adam (2018) 'Labour Control and Developmental State Theory: A New Perspective on Import-Substitution Industrialisation', Development and Change

 For further details of Adam's publications see here.

Research interests/expertise

International political economy and/of development

Political economy of work and labour in the Global South

Labour and social movements in Latin America

Alternatives to capitalism and collective self-organisation

Areas of teaching

International political economy

International relations

Development studies

Urban studies

Qualitative Research Methods


PhD International Relations

MSc Comparative and Cross Cultural Research Methods

MA Global Political Economy

BA International Relations and Development Studies

Courses taught

Adam has led and taught across a wide range of modules in the Department of Politics, People and Place, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has supervised multiple undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. He also delivers regular sessions on the Doctoral Training Programme, particularly around qualitative methods.

Postgraduate modules: Globalisation; Democratising Urban Spaces; Fundamentals of Empirical Social Resesarch.

Undergraduate modules: The Making of a Global World, Political Research in Action, Introduction to Contemporary International Relations, Introduction to Globalisation, Introduction to Politics.

Honours and awards

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2019)

BAL Research Oscar for Excellence in International Collaboration (2019)

Future Research Leaders, De Montfort University (2017-18)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economic, 2021-

British International Studies Association, 2013-18.

International Studies Association, 2014-19.

Society for Latin American Studies, 2015-20.

International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy, 2016- 

European International Studies Association, 2018-20.

Professional licences and certificates

PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018


1. Trade Union Solidarity and Crisis in Latin America. This project focuses on trade unions, crisis, and trade union solidarities in Latin America, focusing specifically on Argentina and Chile. This ongoing comparative project was supported by the Leverhulme Trust annd aims to incorporate theoretical insights from  global labour studies to explore the changing conditions and mobilisations of solidarity in crisis. 

2. Surviving the Informal City. This project explores the intersections of informality across work and everyday life, incorporating perspectives on precarious work, informal relations of governance at neighbourhood levels and the ways in which communities navigate and survive these dual conditions of informality. This collaborative project focus on cities across the Global South in Argentina, India, and Ethiopia. 

3. Radical Labour and the State in Chile and Argentina, 1930-1976. This project aims to produce a research monograph on the relationship between labour movements and development in the period of rapid industrialisation in Argentina and Chile during the twentieth century. ocusing on leading industrial sectors of the time, the book will aim to demonstrate the formative impact of labour protest on development strategy by mapping the trajectory of industrial development through the combination of economic policy measures adopted by the state and in the labour process.

You can find out more about Adam's current research projects here.

Conference attendance

Selected recent and upcoming conference attendance: 

Post-capitalist Futures: Political Economy Beyond Crisis and Hope, Panel Chair and Organiser, IIPPE 11th Annual Conference, 12-16 September 2021.

Essential work in social infrastructures: surviving in the informal city (with Valeria Guarneros-Meza and Maurizio Atzeni), Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, 31 August-3 September 2021.

Growth-regime transition and organized labour (with Adrian Bua Roberts), Critical Political Economy Research Network, European Sociological Association Annual Conference, 31 August-3 September 2021.

Post-capitalist Futures: Political Economy Beyond Crisis and Hope, Panel Chair and Organiser, SASE Annual Conference, 2-5 July 2021.

Trade union solidarities under austerity: Labour activism in Argentina 2015-19 (with Lucila D’Urso), Economic Worlds Seminar Series, University of Nottingham, 25 March 2021.

Trade unions under austerity: labour activism in the post-2015 automobile sector in Argentina (with Lucila D’Urso), IV ISA Forum of Sociology, Porto Alegre, 23-27 February 2021. 

‘More of the same? Union mobilization in Argentina’s automobile sector after the end of the Pink Tide’, Labour Struggles and Development, International Workshop, University of Nottingham, 25-26 June 2019.

For further details of conference attendance see here

Current research students

Martina Locorotondo, 1st Supervisor (with Arianna Giovannini and Julia Shaw), October 2019 - 

Planning a Common City: Experimental Community Practices and the Making of Alternative Art Institutions in Italian Cities

Sharon Ball, 1st Supervisor (with Steve Parker and Julia Shaw), October 2019 - 

The Right to Food in the UK? Examining opportunities for, and barriers to, innovative approaches, collaboration and transformative possibilities towards just and sustainable food access

Heather Powell, 1st Supervisor (with Dave Walsh), November 2017 - 

Working conditions in supply chain re-shoring. A case study of Leicester garment manufacturing

Completed research students:

Marco Gottero (with Anita Hammer), October 2017 -September 2019

Workers Out of Control: Recuperations, Reverberations and Communalism from Argentina to Greece

Externally funded research grants information

Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowship, 2019

Methodological innovation for comparative labour research in Argentina and Chile

Internally funded research project information

Selected internal grant funding awards:

DMU QR Global Challenges Research Fund

Surviving the informal city, PI with Valeria Guarneros-Meza (Co-I), Maurizio Atzeni, Andreas Admasie, Supriya Roy Chowdhury, and Ephrem Shiferaw (International Partners), £4 350, February - July 2021.

Surviving the informal city: Precarious workers and the local state in Argentina, India and Ethiopia, Project Principal Investigator with Valeria Guarneros-Meza (Co-I) and Maurizio Atzeni (Lead Project Partner), £22 040, December 2019 – July 2020.

Professional esteem indicators

I have been an editor with the following journals:

  • Sage Open (article editor)

 I have peer-reviewed articles for the following journals:

    • Labor History
    • New Perspectives in Sociology
    • Nationalities Papers
    • Bulletin of Latin American Research
    • European Political Science
    • Globalizations
    • Journal of Labor and Society
    • Capital and Class
    • Comparative European Politics
    • Journal of Peasant Studies

I have peer-reviewed manuscripts and proposals for the following academic publishers:

    • Oxford University Press
    • Sage
    • Zed Books
    • Bristol University Press
    • Oxford University Press
    • Routledge