Scott Lavery is a Research Fellow at SPERI and a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations. Scott completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow in Philosophy and Politics in 2009 before being awarded an MA in International Political Economy at the University of York in 2012. He completed his PhD thesis, entitled New Labour, the Coalition and Post-Crisis British Capitalism, at the University of Sheffield in 2016.

Scott leads SPERI’s Capitalism, Democracy & the State research theme with Colin Hay.

Scott’s research agenda examines how advanced capitalist economies have been reconfigured in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. He is the Deputy Convener of the Political Studies Association’s British and Comparative Political Economy Specialist Group.

Further information about Scott can be found here.

Research Interests

Scott’s research sits at the intersection of International Political Economy, EU studies and British politics and analyses processes of continuity and change in advanced capitalist states since the 2008 crisis. In this regard, his research has examined post-crisis economic policy in the UK, labour markets, the political economy of Brexit, business power, state theory, international financial centres and the Eurozone crisis.

Key Publications


Journal articles

  • 2017 ‘Defend and Extend’: British Business Strategy, EU Employment Policy and the Emerging Politics of Brexit’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19(4), pp 696 – 714.
  • 2015 ‘The Regressive Recovery: Distribution, Inequality and State Power in Britain’s Post-Crisis Political Economy’, New Political Economy, 20(6), pp. 894 – 923 [with J. Green]

Book Chapters

  • 2018 ‘Brexit and the future model of British capitalism’, in The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Brexit, (eds. P. Diamond, B. Rosamond and P. Nedergaard), (London: Routledge) [with A. Baker]. Available here:

Other Publications

  • 2016 ‘Capital and labour in the post-crisis European context: Distributional, institutional and political considerations’, Foundation of European Progressive Studies (FEPS) Young Academics Network Paper [with P. Paulusma, M. Venhaus, N. Warner and B. Wilhelm].