Dr Joseph Choonara

Lecturer in Political Economy

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I joined the University of Leicester in January 2019, having previously taught international political economy at King’s College London. I hold an MSc from the University of Cambridge and undertook a PhD in the political economy of employment relations at Middlesex University Business School from 2014 to 2018.

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  • International Business
  • Industrial Relations in a Changing Economy
  • Labour Market Trends and Debates


A major focus of my academic research is in the political economy of employment relations and labour markets, particularly in the study of class, precarity and insecurity.  My PhD analysed the extent of employment precarity and job insecurity in the UK labour force.


I am happy to supervise PhD students with projects appropriate to my research interests.

Selected Publications

Research Monograph

Insecurity, Precarious Work and Labour Markets: Challenging the Orthodoxy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

Other Books

A Reader’s Guide to Marx’s Capital (Haymarket, 2019)

Unravelling Capitalism: A Guide to Marxist Political Economy, second edition (Bookmarks, 2017).

Selected Journal Articles

"The precarious concept of precarity", 2020, Review of Radical Political Economics, 52:3.

“The evolution of generalised and acute job tenure insecurity”, 2020, Work, Employment and Society, 34:4.

“Complex labour, value and the reduction problem”, 2018, Science & Society, 82:2.

Co-authored with Alex Callinicos, “How not to write about the rate of profit: A response to David Harvey”, 2016, Science & Society, 80:4.

“Review article: Bolivia’s Radical Tradition and I Sweat the Flavour of Tin”, 2012, Historical Materialism, 20:3.

Book chapters

“Class and the classical Marxist tradition”, in Michael Wayne and Deirdre O’Neill (eds), Considering Class (Brill, 2018).

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