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 Labour & Decent Work research theme with Genevieve LeBaron and Natalie Langford.

Tom lead’s 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 and reports.

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.

Research Interests

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 on research that seeks to develop a multilateral notion of inclusive growth.

Key Publications


  • Colin Hay, Tom Hunt and J. Allister McGregor (2020) ‘Inclusive growth: the challenges of multidimensionality and multilateralism’. Cambridge Review of International Affairs ( .
  • Tom Hunt and Liam Stanley (2019) ‘From ‘There is No Alternative’ to ‘Maybe There are Alternatives’: five Challenges to Economic Orthodoxy after the Crash’. The Political Quarterly (


Book chapters

Reports and Briefs