Dr Chris Grocott
Lecturer in Management and Economic History
Tel: + 44 (0)116 223 1779
Office: Room 814, Attenborough Tower
Office Hours: 2:00pm - 3:00pm Mondays, 3:00pm - 4:00pm Fridays, or by appointment.
I was appointed to a lectureship at the School of Management in April 2013. I am interested in the development of capitalism and capitalist political economy. This interest derives from my doctoral research. I was awarded my PhD in History from the University of Lancaster in 2007. My thesis used class as a tool with which to examine the entrepreneurial community of Gibraltar between 1880 and 1939. This work formed part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council project, ‘Community, Society and Identity in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Gibraltar’. After my PhD work, I taught at Lancaster, Birmingham, and De Montfort universities before being appointed here at Leicester.
Principally, I am interested in the development of capitalism and of capitalist political economy with reference to imperialism, ideology, and class. My research brings together traditional archival approaches to history, and combines them with theoretical insights and methodologies derived from the social sciences.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
I am interested in supervising theses in the following areas:
- The development of capitalism.
- The development of political economy (including, but not limited to, the work of Hayek and the ideas of neoliberalism).
- Ideology in the capitalist world.
- The relationship between imperialism (including formal and informal imperialism) and capitalism.
- The British Empire; decolonisation and post-colonial society; neo-imperialism; and all aspects of the remaining UK overseas dependent territories.
- The ideas, activities, and organisation of trade unions (both historically and in the contemporary world) and other worker’s movements such as anarchism.
- Marx and Marxism (with a particular focus on, but not limited to, class).
- The various miner’s strikes of the twentieth century (with a particular focus on, but not limited to, the strike of 1984-5).
- The relationship between the state, labour, and capital.
- All aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century Spain.
- All aspects of Gibraltar since 1704.
Erasmus and Study Abroad Academic Co-ordinator for the School of Management
Ethics Officer B
In 2013 I am module leader for the following:
MN1000 Foundations of Management
MN2122 Managing Research
MN7314 Alternative Economies
I am also teaching as part of the MN1015 Management Tutorials team and have responsibility for first, second, and MSc year tutees.
Gibraltar: A Modern History, (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2012). [With Gareth Stockey, University of Nottingham]
'“Naked Abroad” – The Continuing Imperialism of Free Trade’, Capital and Class, [with Jo Grady, forthcoming].
‘The Private Security Industry and Neoliberal Imperialism: Mapping the Terrain’, Organization, [with Jo Brewis, Jo Grady, and Richard Godfrey, available through on-line first].
‘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.
‘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.
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.
'Gibraltarians Need to be Put First’, YGTV, August 2013.
‘After 300 Years, More Monkey Business on Rock of Gibraltar’, The Conversation, August 2013.
‘The Canon: Tony Benn’s Arguments for Socialism’, Times Higher Education, 25 November 2010.
‘Gibraltar’ entry for the Address: Earth, Large-Print Atlas.
For abstracts of my publications and a full list of conference papers, please see: