tom_hunt_150nTom Hunt

Position: Policy Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6292


Research Interests: British Political Economy; Inclusive Growth; Industrial Strategy.

Tom is a policy research associate at SPERI. His research predominantly focuses on UK economic policy. Tom works to strengthen SPERI’s links with the policy community in Britain and the EU, develop new research partnerships and collaborations, and disseminate our research to policymakers and the media. If you are interested in discussing our research and exploring the potential to work with SPERI please contact Tom.

Tom leads SPERI’s partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth. In 2017 he also managed the work of The Industry Strategy Commission,  a new independent inquiry led jointly by SPERI and Policy@Manchester.

Tom is also the editor of the SPERI Comment blog. He is the author of several SPERI British Political Economy Briefs and has appeared regularly in the media discussing SPERI’s research.

Before joining in SPERI Tom worked as a Parliamentary Researcher between 2010-2015. He has extensive experience of engagement with key political and civic stakeholders, including cross-party parliamentarians, local government leaders and civil servants; business representatives; members of the public and community groups; universities, charities and trade unions; and national media. He has a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Sheffield and is a Trustee of the Zest community development trust.


The Coming Crisis Palgrave, 2017 [co-edited with Colin Hay]. Available at

‘Tackling Insecure Work: political action from around the world’, SPERI report for GMB, September 2017 [with S.McDaniel]. Available at

‘The real deal: pushing the parameters of devolution deals’, Centre for Local Economic Strategies, July 2016 [with N. McInroy, C.Berry, A. Whillans-Weldrake and M. Todd]. Available at

‘UK regions and European structural and investment funds’, SPERI British Political Economy Brief, 2016 [with S. Lavery, W. Vittery and C. Berry]. Available at

‘UK regions, the European Union and manufacturing exports’, SPERI British Political Economy Brief, 2016 [with C. Berry, S. Lavery, and C. Kirkland]. Available at

‘Reforming the Treasury, reorienting British capitalism’, SPERI British Political Economy Brief, 2016 [with C. Berry, A. Gamble, C. Hay and A. Payne]. Available at

‘The UK banking sector and the corporation tax surcharge’, SPERI British Political Economy Brief, 2016 [with A. Barber]. Available at

‘The rising tide of gerontocracy’, Intergenerational Foundation, 2016 [with C. Berry]. Available at

‘Comparing the post-crisis performance of the Sheffield, Brighton and Oxford city-region economies’, SPERI British Political Economy Brief, 2015. Available at

‘Public infrastructure investment and business activity in the English regions’, SPERI British Political Economy Brief, 2015 [with C. Berry and L. White]. Available at