Tom Hunt

Position: Deputy Director and Policy Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6292



Tom is Deputy Director and Policy Research Associate at SPERI. He works with SPERI’s Co-Directors to develop and implement SPERI’s research strategy through his own research and in collaboration with SPERI’s research team. 

Tom leads SPERI’s work to communicate political economy research findings to non-academic audiences; develop policy recommendations from political economy research, and build relationships with policymakers, journalists, and other relevant actors, who could be partners in our research or impact activities. Tom has co-ordinated large academic projects including the Industrial Strategy Commission (2017) and manages SPERI’s publications including policy briefs, reports and the SPERI blog.

He has extensive experience of engaging with national and international policymakers, including cross-party parliamentarians; businesses; thinktanks; trades unions; and national media. Before joining SPERI Tom worked as a Parliamentary Researcher.

Tom has published a wide range of SPERI reports and policy briefs. His edited collection, The Coming Crisis (with Colin Hay), was published in 2018 in SPERI’s series ‘Building a Sustainable Political Economy’ with Palgrave Macmillan.

His research interests focus on efforts by states, industry, workers, unions, and civil society to improve labour standards, and in the changing nature of work (themes he has explored in a series of articles with openDemocracy).

He is also currently working with Colin Hay and Allister McGregor to develop a multilateral notion of inclusive growth.



The Coming Crisis Palgrave, 2018[co-edited with Colin Hay]. Available at


(2018) ‘The case for Universal Basic Infrastructure’, in C. Berry (ed), What We Really Mean When We Talk About Industrial Strategy, Manchester: Future Economies. 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