Dr Adam Fishwick

Job: Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and Public Policy (VC2020)

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Department of Politics & Public Policy

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 207 8723

E: adam.fishwick@dmu.ac.uk

W: dmu.ac.uk/bal


Personal profile

Adam Fishwick is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies and Public Policy in the Department of Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University, Leicester.

He holds an ESRC-funded PhD in International Relations from the University of Sussex based on fieldwork conducted in Chile and Argentina.

Adam’s research seeks to understand the role of labour in Latin American development, based on an understanding of the centrality of forms of workplace resistance in constituting  firm- and state-led development strategies.  He is interested, also, in alternative forms of development and radical politics in the region and beyond.

His current research interests include: (1) understanding the relationship between contemporary economic development in Latin America and resistance in and around the workplace (2) alternative models of development and their potential to overcome the limitations and contradictions of neoliberal or post-neoliberal development (3) theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding labour subjectivity and resistance from autonomist and critical labour process theories.

Adam's teaching focuses on a range of international political economy (IPE) and research methods modules. He is currently Programme Leader for the MA Diplomacy and World Order. 

Research group affiliations

Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)

Publications and outputs 


To see all of Adam's research outputs click here.

Key research outputs

Fishwick, Adam (2018) 'Labour Control and Developmental State Theory: A New Perspective on Import-Substitution Industrialisation', Development and Change, Early View

Fishwick, Adam & Ben Selwyn (2016) 'Labour-Centred Development in Latin America: Two cases of alternative development', Geoforum, 74: 233-243


Research interests/expertise

  • International Political Economy
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Latin America
  • Work and Labour
  • Resistance and Alternative Models of Organisations

Areas of teaching

International Political Economy (IPE)

International Relations

Development Studies

Social Research Methods


PhD International Relations
MSc Comparative and Cross Cultural Research Methods
MA Global Political Economy
BA International Relations and Development Studies

Membership of professional associations and societies

British International Studies Association (2013-)
International Studies Association (2014-)
Society for Latin American Studies (2015-)
European International Studies Association (2015-)

Conference attendance

‘Occupation at Work: Lessons from Latin America’ at  Political Economy: International Trends and National Differences, IIPPE 7th Annual Conference, University of Lisbon, 7-9 September 2016

‘Managing Neoliberalism and the End of the Pink Tide’ at Political Economy in an Age of Great Uncertainty, SPERI 2016 Conference, University of Sheffield, 4-6 July 2016

‘Towards a resistance-led political economy of development’ at Labour and Development: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, De Montfort University, 1 June 2016

‘Against the Tide? Worker recuperated factories as alternatives to austerity’ at Resistance and Alternatives to Austerity, Centre for Urban Research on Austerity, De Montfort University, 18 May 2016

‘Labour Resistance in Development’ paper presented at EISA 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Giardini Naxos, Sicily 23-26 September

‘Labour Control Beyond the Developmental State’ paper presented at New Directions in International Political Economy, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick, 13-15 May 2015

For further details of conference attendance see here


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