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Dr Gareth Dale
Senior Lecturer

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Gareth worked at Birkbeck College, the London School of Economics and Swansea University before joining Brunel in 2005.He is on research leave from Sept 2017 to April 2018.His most recent books are Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left and Reconstructing Karl Polanyi: Excavation and Critiqueand a critique of ‘Green Growth’ (all in 2016). His previous publications include books on Karl Polanyi (2010), the political economy of Eastern Europemigrant labour in the European Union, and a trilogy on East Germany (its economic historyprotest movements, and 1989 revolution).  His work has appeared in Chinese, Korean, Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Croatian, French, Dutch and German. His articles are accessible here.

Gareth has supervised doctoral dissertations in a range of areas, including environmental political theory, the political economy of Hungary, European communism, the New Institutional Economic History, the geopolitics of the Arctic, and the EU's management of the Greek crisis. He has examined doctoral dissertations on topics including the ideology of economic growth, the life and work of Karl Polanyi, migration and class conflict in post-communist Europe, Australia’s military interventions, and the ‘thought-practices’ of Plaid Cymru.


  • BA (Combined Studies) University of Manchester
  • PhD (Government) University of Manchester

Newest selected publications

Dale, G. (2017) 'Neoliberalism and Post-communism: Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union', in Cahill, D., Cooper, M. and Konings, M. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism. Sage.

Book chapter

Dale, G. (2017) '‘The tide is rising, don’t rock the boat!’ Economic growth and the legitimation of inequality', in Fagan, H. (ed.) Handbook on International Development and Social Change. Edward Elgar.Open Access Link

Book chapter

Dale, G. (2017) 'Sustaining What?: Scarcity, Growth and the Natural Order in the Discourse on Sustainability', inRoutledge Handbook of the History of Sustainability. Routledge.Open Access Link

Book chapter

Dale, G. (2017) 'Seventeenth Century Origins of the Growth Paradigm', in Borowy, I. and Schmelzer, M. (eds.) History of the future of economic growth: Historical roots of current debates on sustainable degrowth. Routledge. pp. 27 - 51. ISBN 13: 9781138685802. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Dale, G. (2016) 'Reconstructing Karl Polanyi: Excavation and Critique'. London: Pluto Press. ISSN 13: 9780745335186

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