Between 2005 and 2021 I was employed as lecturer/senior lecturer/associate professor in Finance & Political Economy at the University of Leicester. In 2021 I was made redundant from that institution as part of widespread restructuring. In the School of Business this took the form of a plan to ‘disinvest from research and scholarship in critical management studies and political economy‘. (This short video summarises the effect.) Along with other former colleagues, I am pursuing University of Leicester bosses through employment tribunal alleging unfair and unlawful dismissal.

Prior to Leicester, I worked at Nottingham Trent University (1999–2005) and before that on various casualised research and lecturing contracts at University of Leeds (1993–1997).

I am currently engaged in various projects, waged and unwaged, teaching at Leeds University Business School, and the creation of a Masters in Commons Administration. I am a founding member of UCU Commons; in March 2023 I was elected Honorary Treasurer of UCU, a post I will take up in June.

I was a member of The Free Assocation collective and an editor of Turbulence: Ideas for Movement, collective writing and publishing experiments that have both now run their course.


I have a BSc in Economics & Mathematics (1989), an MA in Economics (1993) and a PhD in Economics (2000), all awarded by University of Leeds.



  • Barbagallo, Camille, Nicholas Beuret and David Harvie (2019) editors, Commoning with George Caffentzis and Silvia Federici, London: Pluto Press. [To be published in Portuguese by Elefante Editora, Sao Paolo, 2022.]

  • The Free Association [David Harvie, Keir Milburn and David Watts] (2011), Moments of Excess: Movements, Protest and Everyday Life, Oakland, C.A.: PM Press. [ISBN: 978-1-60486-113-6]

  • Turbulence Collective [David Harvie, Keir Milburn, Tadzio Mueller, Rodrigo Nunes, Michal Osterweil, Kay Summer, Ben Trott and David Watts] (2010) editor, What Would it Mean to Win?, Oakland, C.A.: PM Press. [ISBN: 978-1-60486-110-5]

  • Harvie, David, Keir Milburn, Ben Trott and David Watts (2005) editors, Shut Them Down! The G8, Gleneagles 2005 and the Movement of Movements, Brooklyn, N.Y.: Autonomedia. [ISBN 0-9552065-0-2]

articles in refereed journals

  • Harvie, David, Geoff Lightfoot, Simon Lilley and Ken Weir (2021), ‘Social investment innovation and the “social turn” of neoliberal finance’, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 79.

  • Simon Lilley, David Harvie, Geoff Lightfoot and Ken Weir (2020) ‘Using Derivative Logic to Speculate on the Future of the Social Investment Market’, Journal of Urban Affairs, 42(6): 920–36.

  • Harvie, David and Robert Ogman (2019), ‘The broken promises of social investment’, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 51(4) 980–1004.

  • Harvie, David (2019) ‘(Big) society and (market) discipline: the financialisation of social reproduction’, Historical Materialism, 27(1): 92–124.

  • Barthold, Charles, Stephen Dunne and David Harvie (2018) ‘Resisting financialisation with Deleuze and Guattari: the case of Occupy Wall Street’, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 52: 4–16.

  • Harvie, David and Keir Milburn (2018) ‘On the uses of fairy dust: contagion, sorcery and the crafting of other worlds’, Culture and Organization, 24(3): 179–195.

  • Dowling, Emma and David Harvie (2014) ‘Harnessing the social: state, society and (big) society’, Sociology, 48(5): 869–886. [DOI: 10.1177/0038038514539060]

  • Harvie, David, Geoff Lightfoot, Simon Lilley and Kenneth Weir (2013) ‘Publisher, be damned! From price gouging to the open road’, Prometheus, 31(3): 229–239. [The story of this article’s contested publication was reported in Times Higher Education]

  • The Free Association [David Harvie, Keir Milburn and David Watts], with John Cromby and Dimitris Papadopoulos (2012) ‘Interpretations of Excess: an interview with The Free Association’, Subjectivity, 5: 438–463.

  • Harvie, David, Geoff Lightfoot, Simon Lilley and Kenneth Weir (2012) ‘What are we to do with feral publishers?’, Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society 19(6): 905–914. Times Higher Education reported this article (‘Firms choose haven, let’s give it hell’) on 1 November and also carried an associated opinion piece (Simon Lilley, ‘How publishers feather their nests on open access to public money’).

  • Harvie, David and Keir Milburn (2010) ‘How how organizations value and how value organizes’, Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society, 17(5) (September): 631–636.

  • The Free Association [David Harvie, Keir Milburn and David Watts] (2010), ‘Six impossible things before breakfast: antagonism, neoliberalism and movements’, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 42(4) (September): 1019–10

  • Harvie, David, Bruce Philp, Gary Slater and Dan Wheatley (2009), ‘Economic well-being and British regions: the problem with GDP per capita’, Review of Social Economy, 67(4): 483–505.Reprinted in Wilfred Dolfsma, Deborah M. Figart, Robert McMaster, Ellen Mutari and Mark D. White (2016; eds.) Social Economics: Critical Concepts in Economics, Vol. 3: Social Provisioning, London: Routledge

  • De Angelis, Massimo and David Harvie (2009) ‘Cognitive capitalism and the rat race: how capital measures immaterial labour in British universities’, Historical Materialism, 17(3): 3–30. [ISSN 1465-4466]

  • De Angelis, Massimo and David Harvie (2008) ‘Globalisation? No question! Foreign Direct Investment and Labor Commanded’, Review of Radical Political Economics, 40(1): 429–444. [Recipient of RRPE Best Paper Award 2008.]

  • Turbulence Collective (2007) ‘Move into the light? Postscript to a turbulent 2007’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 7(4): 588–600.

  • Harvie, David, Mark Kelmanson and David Knapp (2007) ‘A new mathematical model of the business cycle: a fundamental modification of Goodwin’, Economic Issues, 12(1) (March): 53–92.

  • Harvie, David and Bruce Philp (2006) ‘Learning and Assessment in a Reading Group Format’, International Review of Economics Education, 5(2): 98–110.

  • Harvie, David (2006) ‘Value-production and struggle in the classroom’, Capital and Class, 88 (Spring): 1–32.

  • Philp, Bruce, Gary Slater and David Harvie (2005) ‘Preferences, power and the determination of working hours’, Journal of Economic Issues, 39 (March): 75–90.

  • The Free Association (2005) ‘Event Horizon’, ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 5(4): 568–579.

  • Harvie, David (2000) ‘Alienation, class and enclosure in UK universities’, Capital and Class, 71 (Summer): 103–132

  • Harvie, David (2000) ‘Testing Goodwin: growth cycles in ten OECD countries’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 24(3) (May): 349–376.

  • Harvie, David (1996) ‘Aggregate productivity in the post-war British coal industry’, International Review of Applied Economics, 10(3) (September): 401–426.

other scholarly articles

book chapters

  • Harvie, David, Mariya Ivancheva and Robert Ovetz (2022) ‘The political economy of the modern university’. In Alpesh Maisuria (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Marxism and Education, Leiden: Brill.

  • Harvie, David and Ben Trott (2022) ‘Cognitive capitalism’. In Beverley Skeggs, Sara R. Farris and Alberto Tosacano (eds) Handbook of Marxism, 2 vols, London: Sage.

  • Bryan, Dick, David Harvie, Mike Rafferty and Bruno Tinel (2020) ‘The Financialized State: Liquidity and Leverage’. In Christian Borch and Robert Wosnitzer (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Critical Finance Studies, London and New York: Routledge.

  • The Free Association (2018) ‘Worlds in Motion: Movements, Problematics, and the Creation of New Worlds’. In Jai Sen (ed.) The Movement of Movements, Part 2: Rethinking Our Dance, Oakland, CA: PM Press: 57–64.

  • Harvie, David and Robert Ogman (2017) ‘Das Versprechen des wirkungsorientierten Investierens: war der “Peterborough-SIB” ein Erfolg?’ [‘The promise of social investment: has the Peterborough social impact bond delivered?’] In Monika Burmester, Emma Dowling and Norbert Wohlfahrt (eds) Privates Kapital für soziale Dienste? Wirkungsorientiertes Investment und seine Folgen für die Soziale Arbeit [‘Private Capital for Social Services? Results-based Investment and the Consequences for Social Work’], Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren GmbH: 59–75.

  • The Free Association (2016) ‘The kids was just crass’. In Mike Dines & Matthew Worley (eds), The Aesthetics of our Anger, Brooklyn NY: Minor Compositions/Autonomedia: 299–310.

  • Lightfoot, Geoff and David Harvie (2016) ‘Finance: finding a philosophical fit?’ In Raza Mir, Hugh Willmott and Michelle Greenwood (eds) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies, London: Routledge: 388–394.

  • De Angelis, Massimo and David Harvie (2013) ‘The Commons’. In Martin Parker, George Cheney, Valérie Fournier and Chris Land (eds) The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization, London: Routledge: 280–294.

  • The Free Association (2012) ‘On fairy dust and rupture’. In Alessio Lunghi and Seth Wheeler (eds) Occupy Everything: Reflections on Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere, Wivenhoe, New York, Port Watson: Minor Compositions/Autonomedia: 24–31.Published in German in Luxemburg: Gesellschaftsanalyse und linke Praxis (1: 2012): 144–153.

  • The Free Association (2012) ‘Let England Shake’ [in German]. In Peter Birke and Max Henninger (eds) Krisen Proteste: Beiträge aus Sozial.Geschichte Online, Berlin and Hamburg: Assoziation A: 221–241. (See http://www.assoziation-a.de/vor/Krisen_Proteste.htm or http://duepublico.uni-duisburg-essen.de/servlets/DocumentServlet?id=29051.)

  • Grady, Jo and David Harvie (2011) ‘Neoliberalism’. In Mark Tadajewski, Liz Parsons, Pauline MacLaren and Martin Parker (eds) Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies, London: Sage.

  • Harvie, David and Keir Milburn (2011) ‘Capitalism/anticapitalism’. In Mark Tadajewski, Liz Parsons, Pauline MacLaren and Martin Parker (eds) Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies, London: Sage.

  • The Free Association (2010) ‘Worlds in motion’2007’. In Turbulence Collective (ed.), What Would it Mean to Win?, Oakland, C.A.: PM Press: 98–104.

  • Turbulence Collective (2010) ‘Move into the light? Postscript to a turbulent 2007’. In Turbulence Collective (ed.), What Would it Mean to Win?, Oakland, C.A.: PM Press: 121–132.

  • Leeds May Day Group (2008) ‘Anti-Capitalist Movements’. In Werner Bonefeld (ed.) Subverting the Present, Imagining the Future: Insurrection, Movement, Commons, New York: Autonomedia: 127–138.

  • Harvie, David (2008) ‘Academic labour: producing value and producing struggle’. In Tony Green, Glenn Rikowski and Helen Raduntz (eds) Marxism and Education: Renewing Dialogues, Vol.1: Opening the Dialogue, London: Palgrave Macmillan: 231–247.

  • Harvie, David (2007) ‘Markets’. In Martin Parker, Valérie Fournier and Patrick Reedy (eds) Dictionary of Utopia and Alternative Organisation, London: Zed Books: 171–174.

  • The Free Association (2005) ‘On the Road’. In David Harvie, Keir Milburn, Ben Trott and David Watts (eds), Shut Them Down! The G8, Gleneagles 2005 and the Movement of Movements , Leeds: Dissent! and Brooklyn, N.Y.: Autonomedia: 17–26.

  • Nolan, Peter and David Harvie (1995) ‘Labour markets: diversity in restructuring’. In David Coates (ed.) Economic and Industrial Performance in Europe, Aldershot, Brookfield: Edward Elgar: 125–139.

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