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Dr Thomas Purcell


Dr Thomas Purcell
Contact Details
Dr Thomas Purcell

Senior Lecturer

School Of Social Sciences

0113 81 24332 T.F.Purcell@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Thomas Purcell

Thomas F. Purcell is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Leeds Beckett University, where he teaches courses in the area of Politics and Applied Global Ethics. Until recently, he was Sub-Director of the National Centre for Strategies for the Right to Territory (CENEDET) based at the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales, Quito, Ecuador.

Prior to this, he held research positions at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and at the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham. His research to date has examined the specificities of capitalist development in Ecuador and Venezuela, and also the political economy of Spain and the Eurozone crisis.

Currently he is writing about the crisis and contradictions of agrarian policies in Venezuela and working with colleagues in CENEDET (Quito), he is investigating the Ecuadorean government's attempt to transform its productive matrix. Both areas of his current research seek to theoretically and empirically address the role ground-rent in the national processes of capital accumulation.

Current Teaching

  • Politics and Society in the Global South (Level 5)
  • Introduction to Marx and Marxism (Level 5)
  • Empire and Imperialism (Level 6)
  • Political Economy of Globalisation (Level 7)

Research Interests

Thomas' research is situated between International Political Economy and Human Geography with empirical interest in Latin America and Spain. He is a specialist on Venezuela’s and Ecuador´s ‘post-neoliberal’ development projects and have written in depth about the development of capitalism and the urbanisation process in Spain.

His Latin American focused research seeks to investigate the limits and contradictions of contemporary state-led development initiatives focusing analytically on the use of natural resource rents within alternative economic development models and initiatives. His ongoing collaborative research on Spain is analysing the fall-out from the financial crisis and how austerity is quickly becoming the ‘new normal’.

Thomas is co-author of The Limits to Capital in Spain (2014), and has published several book chapters and articles in journals such as Geoforum, Historical Materialism, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Latin American Perspectives, and Science & Society.

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