Dr Chris Grocott

Lecturer in Management and Economic History

Contact detailsChris Grocott updated

  • Tel: + 44 (0)116 223 1779
  • Office: Room 318, Level Three, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: I am on study leave in semester 2 and will not be holding regular office hours. However, I will retain responsibility for the Management Year Abroad and for the third year dissertation module MN3101/3. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please email me for an appointment.

Personal details


I am a Lecturer in Management and Economic History here at the University of Leicester School of Business. Before joining the School in April 2013, I held appointments at Birmingham, De Montfort, and Lancaster universities. My research and teaching cross the disciplines of both management studies and history. In June 2015, I was awarded Chartered Manager status by the Chartered Management Institute, whilst in November 2015 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2013 my teaching was recognised by the award of a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Broadly, I am interested in the development of capitalism, and political economy under capitalism, with specific reference to ideology, class, and imperialism. My research brings together traditional archival approaches to history, and combines them with theoretical insights derived from the social sciences.

Within the School I am the Year Abroad Academic Lead, one of our Ethics Officers and the Widening Participation Academic Lead.



Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Chartered Manager and Member of the Chartered Management Institute


In the academic year 2016-17 I am module leader for the following:

  • MN1000 Foundations of Management
  • MN3101/3103 Dissertation



Gibraltar: A Modern History, (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2012). [With Gareth Stockey, University of Nottingham]


'Friedrich Hayek's fleeting foray into 1940s Colonial Development', European Journal of the History of Economic Thought (online first, June 2017).

‘Anarchy in the UK(‘s Most Famous Fortress): Comradeship and Cupidity in Gibraltar and Neighbouring Spain 1890-1902’, Labor History, Vol. 56 (4), 2015, pp. 385-406. [Co-authored with Gareth Stockey, University of Nottingham, and Jo Grady, University of Leicester School of Management].

‘Compromising Liberty: Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom in Practice’, Economy and Society, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2015, pp. 140-164.

‘“Naked Abroad” – The Continuing Imperialism of Free Trade’, Capital and Class, Vol. 38, 2014, pp. 541-562. [with Jo Grady, University of Leicester School of Management]

‘The Private Security Industry and Neoliberal Imperialism: Mapping the Terrain’Organization, Vol. 21, No. 1, January 2014, pp. 106-125. [with Jo Brewis, Jo Grady, and Richard Godfrey, University of Leicester]

‘A Fine Soldier but a Maligned Governor: General Sir Archibald Hunter, Governor of Gibraltar 1910-1913’Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol. 37, No. 3, September 2009, pp. 421-439.

Book chapters

‘British Identity and Constitutional Reform in Gibraltar’, in J. Matthews & D. Travers (eds)., Islands and Britishness: A Global Perspective, (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), pp. 149-161.

‘Ideology’, in S. Krossa (ed.), Europe in a Global Context, (Hampshire: Palgrave, 2011), pp. 38-49.

Book reviews

A. Offer & G. Sodenburg, The Nobel Factor (Princeton University Press, 2016), in, Capital and Class, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2017, pp. 389-390.

A. Anivas and K. Nişancioğlu, How the West Came to Rule (Pluto Press, 2015), in E-International Relations, 16 December 2015.

J. Petras & H. Veltmeyer, Imperialism and Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century: A System in Crisis (Ashgate 2013), in Capital and Class, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2014, pp. 644-646.

R. Kiely, Rethinking Imperialism, (Hampshire: Palgrave, 2010), in Capital and Class, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2012, pp. 178-180.

A. Callinicos, Bonfire of Illusions, (Cambridge: Polity, 2010), in Capital and Class, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2011, pp. 488-491.

Review Article: ‘Britain and the Franco Regime: Diplomatic and Imperial Perspectives’, in Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Vol. 16, Nos. 2/3, August/December 2010, pp. 219-224.

A. Cazorla Sánchez, Fear and Progress: Ordinary Lives in Franco’s Spain, 1939-1975, (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), in Reviews in History, July 2010.

M. A. Conley, From Jack Tar to Union Jack, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009), in Journal of Gender Studies, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2010, pp. 222-223.

A. Woollacott, Gender and Empire, (Hampshire: Palgrave, 2006) in Journal of the History of Sexuality, Vol. 19, No. 2, May 2010, pp. 368-371.

J. A. Piquera and V. Sanz Rozalen (eds.), A Social History of Spanish Labour, (Oxford: Berghahn, 2007), in Work, Employment and Society, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2009, pp. 814-815.

K. Reid, Gender, Crime, and Empire, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007) in Journal of Gender Studies, Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2009, pp. 198-200.


Script for ‘Keynes’ Youtube film as part of the School of Life’s Political Theory series.

Script for 'Hayek' YouTube film as part of the 'School of Life'  'Political Theory' series.

‘Gibraltar’s Brexit Challenge’, Royal United Services Institute, 6 July 2016.

‘Gibraltar Voted to Remain in the EU, So Where Next for the Rock?’, The Conversation, 24 June 2016.

‘Rock in a Hard Place: What the EU Referendum Means for Gibraltar’, The Conversation, 28 May 2016.

‘Brexit and Gibraltar: A Look Through the Prism of Commemorations of the Spanish Civil War’, Your Gibraltar TV, April 2016.

‘Gibraltar and the Spanish Civil: How Can We Broaden the Debate, Gibraltar Chronicle, February 2016.

‘Anarchy in Gib, Part One’, Gibraltar Magazine, January 2016.

‘Anarchy in Gib, Part Two’, Gibraltar Magazine, February 2016.

‘Anarchy in Gib, Part Three’, Gibraltar Magazine, March 2016.

‘Anarchy in the UK(‘s) most famous fortress – part 2’, New Statesman, 24 November 2015.

‘Anarchy in the UK(‘s) most famous fortress – part 1’, New Statesman, 17 November 2015.

'Gibraltar is Keeping a Close Eye on the British Election – But It Doesn’t Get a Vote’. The Conversation, April 2015.

‘Has Tony Blair Gone Hayekian?’. ULSM Blog, April 2015.

‘Compromising Liberty, Friedrich Hayek's 1944 Report on the Gibraltar Economy’, Gibraltar Magazine, pp. 26-7, June 2014.

‘Gibraltar Border Tensions May Remain Until Change of Spanish Government’, School of Management Blog, Jan 2014.

‘Why Does Spanish Border Pressure Continue?, YGTV, Dec 2013.

‘Gibraltar’s Economic Problems and the UK’s Role in Solving Them’, School of Management Blog, Dec 2013.

‘Gibraltarians Need to be Put First’, YGTV, August 2013.

‘After 300 Years, More Monkey Business on Rock of Gibraltar’, The Conversation, August 2013.

‘Gibraltar: Britain In The Sun’, University of Leicester Press Release, July 2013.

‘The Canon: Tony Benn’s Arguments for Socialism’, Times Higher Education, 25 November 2010.

‘Gibraltar’ entry for the Address: Earth, Large-Print Atlas.


My interest in the development of capitalism and in the development of political economy within capitalism underpins my current research projects. At present, four strands within these interests stand out:

The political economy of Friedrich Hayek: I have published work examining fundamental differences between Hayek’s political philosophy, as laid out in The Road to Serfdom, and his 1944 consultancy work for the Government of Gibraltar and the British Colonial Office. On-going research draws out new perspectives on Hayek in the 1940s, allowing for a re-examination of how his political economy was used in later periods, and also providing a window onto the ways in which, during the 1940s, the British and imperial governments adopted Keynesian ideas and the ideas of the Beveridge report

Re-examining labour organisation in the British Empire: Long term, this project aims to examine the exportation of British-style trade union activity to British colonies and its impact upon indigenous forms of labour organisation. Initial research with Jo Grady (ULSM) and Gareth Stockey (Nottingham) examines the development of anarchism in Gibraltar and the Campo de Gibraltar between 1890-1921. In a recently published article for Labor History, the links between the two regions, absent from current literature on Spanish anarchism and labour organisation in Gibraltar, are drawn out.

Critiques of capitalist development via imperialism and free trade: with Jo Grady (ULSB) this project ties together my research on British imperialism with Grady’s expertise on neoliberalism. In an article for Capital and Class, we argue that imperialism is simply a tool made use of by capitalist economies, rather than a separate development or stage. In this sense, the formal and informal imperialism of Britain, the United States of America, and we speculate in the future China, form part of a continuity of capitalist imperialism rather than stages of capitalist economic development.

The changing nature of the organisation of the gambling industry: With Jo Grady (ULSB), this project examines the proliferation of fixed-odd betting terminals in the UK since the early 2000s. In particular, we are interested in the ways in which neoliberal political economy has encouraged the deregulation and proliferation of new forms of gambling.'


I am interested in supervising theses in the following areas:

Political economy (including, but not limited to, the work of Hayek and Marx, as well as neoliberal and Marxian theoretical frameworks).

The ideas, activities, and organisation of trade unions and other worker’s movements such as anarchism (both in the contemporary world and historically).

The organisation of the gambling and gaming industry since the 1970s.

The development of capitalism and the relationship between the state, labour, and capital.
Ideology in the capitalist world.

The British Empire; decolonisation and post-colonial society; neo-imperialism; links between capitalism and imperialism.

All aspects of the remaining UK overseas dependent territories, and in particular Gibraltar since 1704

All aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century Spain.


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