School of Social and Political Science

David Yarrow

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Lecturer in Political Economy

David Yarrow

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St John's Land

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Teaching (2020-21)

International Political Economy - PLIT10018 (Hons)

International Co-operation in Europe and Beyond - PLIT08006 (UG)

Institutions and Policies of the EU - PGSP11170 (PG)

International Political Economy - PGSP11171 (PG)


  • PhD, Political Economy (Warwick)
  • MSc, International Relations (Bristol)
  • BA, History (Bristol)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Social Science Research (ESRC)


I am a Lecturer in Political Economy and Co-Director of the Politics, Philosophy and Economics MA at the School of Social and Political Science. Before my current appointment I worked as a Research Fellow in SPS, having completed an ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Warwick in 2018 as part of the 'Rethinking the Market' fellowship. Previously I obtained a BA (History) and MSc (International Relations) from the University of Bristol, with a focus on modern economic history, the philosophy of social science and international political economy.

Selected publications

Journal Articles

Yarrow, D. (2020) 'Valuing Knowledge: The Political Economy of Human Capital Accounting', Review of International Political Economy.

Yarrow, D. and Kranke, M. (2019) 'The Global Governance of Systemic Risk: How Measurement Practices Tame Macroprudential Politics', New Political Economy, 24 (6), 816-832.

Yarrow, D. (2017) 'Progressive Responses to Populism: A Polanyian Critique of Liberal Economic Discourse', Political Quarterly, 88 (4), 570-578.

Book Chapters

Yarrow, D. (Forthcoming) 'Should the Older Generation Pay More of the COVID-19 Debt?' in F. Niker and A. Bhattacharya (Eds.), The Political Philosophy of the Pandemic, London: Bloomsbury.

Holmes, C. and Yarrow, D. (2019) 'Economic Ideas', in G. Dale, C. Holmes and M. Markantonatou (Eds.), Karl Polanyi's Economic and Political Thought: A Critical Guide, London: Agenda, 7-26.

Blogs and Media

(2020) 'The Impact of Human Capital Accounting on Global Economic Governance', Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

(2019) On Grade Inflation and the Neoliberal University, The Guardian

(2019) 'From Fact Checking to Value Checking', Justice Everywhere

(2015) 'The UK Budget and the Politics of Language',

Research interests

Research interests

International political economy, Economic growth, Degrowth, GDP, National accounting, Environmental accounting, Economic indicators, Sustainable development, Karl Polanyi, Constructivism, Economic ideas, History of economics, Automation, Work and welfare, UBI

My current research examines the political effects of global economic statistical, accounting and valuation practices. My doctoral research explored the emergence of post-growth accounting systems in global economic governance and the historical conceptions of value and welfare that underpin these. Specifically it demonstrated how accounting concepts inherited from 20th century industrial society narrow the economic policy space available to states in confronting the challenges of post-industrialism, automation and climate change. This work was nominated for the ECPR Jean Blondel Prize for the best PhD thesis in politics.

My research interests more broadly encompass constructivist political economy and the sociology of economic expertise. I am interested in how economic ideas and expertise are used in public administration and political discourse, how they serve to naturalise contestable assumptions about human nature, work, debt and the environment, and the implications of this for contemporary economic citizenship and democracy. Emerging areas of interest include the way in which the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting political discourses on employment, welfare and public debt, and the use of natural capital accounting in the UK's post-Brexit environment policy.

Research groups

International Political Economy

Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKAPE)

Social Studies of Finance

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