Dr Liam Stanley

Department of Politics and International Relations


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Dr Liam Stanley
Department of Politics and International Relations
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

I am a Lecturer in Politics and an Associate Fellow at SPERI. My research is centred on developing innovative methods and approaches to make sense of how the world has changed since the 2008 global financial crisis.

I have held visiting fellowships at the University of Amsterdam, European University Institute, and Copenhagen Business School, and my research has been funded by the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, and the British Academy.

Research interests

I am currently working on three projects:

After neoliberalism? Austerity, life, and death in a post-crisis world

How did we get from the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 to the nativist backlashes that characterise contemporary politics? In addressing this question, this book project will contribute to our understanding of the post-crisis world.

Public attitudes toward ‘the underserving rich’ (with Todd Hartman)

The notion of an ‘undeserving rich’ has percolated in the West since 2008. The project uses novel experimental methods to examine what people find more unfair: tax evasion by the wealthy, or welfare fraud by the poor?

Reimagining tax through speculative design (with Rebecca Bramall)

This collaborative project aims to co-produce an alternative to the UK government’s ‘Annual Tax Summary’ using a methodology informed by speculative design. The results will be published in a report, and will be exhibited in October 2018 as part of the London Design Festival.


Journal articles


  • Stanley L & Hartman TK (2016) Welfare recipients, public opinion and ‘deservingness’ RIS download Bibtex download
  • Stanley L & Hartman TK (2015) Annual Tax Summaries RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

I am interested in supervising enthusiastic and dedicated students on any topic within my areas of interest. I am currently supervising doctoral students on topics that include the everyday political economy of globalisation, the new politics of industrial policy, neo-liberalism in Zambia, and youth political participation.


Key projects/grants

Awarding Body: ESRC/University of Sheffield
People Involved: Principal Investigator, with Rebecca Bramall (LCC)
Title of Research: Reimagining tax through speculative design
Years funded for: 2017-18
£ Amount: £8,000

Awarding Body: British Academy/Leverhulme
People Involved: Principal Investigator, with Todd Hartman (Sheffield Methods Institute) and Leonard Seabrooke (Copenhagen Business School)
Title of Research: Paying for the Poor in Age of Austerity: A Comparative Experimental Study
Years funded for: 2015-16
£ Amount: £9,990

Teaching activities

I currently lead two modules:

POL120 Analysing Politics
POL6607 Approaches to Political Economy