Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

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Political Sociologist with an interdisciplinary expertise in work, social movement, utopia, Critical, Marxist, Decolonial theories, social reproduction Feminism, global political economy and the politics of policy in Latin America

Research interests


I teach political sociology, critical/Marxist theory, and the politics of the global south, especially Latin America. I am a critical theorist and my method of enquiry combines a critique of political economy with the philosophy of hope, politics, critical feminism, political sociology and decolonial approaches. My research is transdisciplinary and international. I am an Open Marxist, who is unhappy with conventional theories that are failing societies to flourish, including traditional Marxism. By engaging with Ernst Bloch’s philosophy, I have opened new interdisciplinary areas of critical research such as the ‘radical politics of hope’ and the ‘prefigurative critique of political economy’. I am dedicated to theoretical innovation that has significant policy implications. At the centre of my research is the analysis of the contradictory processes of political and socioeconomic transformation led by social, labour, indigenous, urban and rural movements mainly in the Global South but not exclusively. I explore how their ‘concrete utopias’, i.e. the innovative forms of production and social reproduction that they are bringing about contest patriarchal, colonial and capitalist powers, how they are ‘translated’ by the state into the law and policy, and how they can move beyond the limits imposed to human flourishing by such powers


Research interests

Research Interests 

  • Political Sociology
  • Global Political Economy
  • Marxism and Critical Theory
  • Social reproduction Feminism
  • Decolonial theory
  • Sociology of work: Class, work, labour and labour subjectivity
  • Social movements - Urban, rural and indigenous movements
  • Social and solidarity economy
  • The Commons, collective action and pre-figurative politics
  • Latin America and the Global South
  • Social reproductions and new forms of utopia
  • Political philosophy and epistemology

Research networks

Editorial Roles

  • Work, Employment & Society (BSA). Editorial board 2018-2019
  • Work Futures, Bristol University Press. Advisory Board, 2018-
  • Sociology of Work Journal, Madrid. International Advisory Board, 2017-present
  • Latin American Observatory, IEALC. International Advisory Board, 2014-present
  • Sociology, Associate Board, 2013-2015
  • Capital & Class. Editor. 2001-2005
  • Sociology, Special Issue 2014. Guest Co-Editor

Knowledge Exchange and Public/media engagement

  • Expert comment and interview ‘Recent British Politics after BREXIT and the elections’, Channel 8 Metro, TV Buenos Aires, 15 June, 
  • Expert comment and interview ‘Why BREXIT?’, Asuntos Públicos, Channel 8 Metro, 23/6,
  • Expert comment and interview ‘The English Riots and the crisis in Europe’, Asuntos Públicos, Channel 8 Metro TV Cable Vision, Buenos Aires, 15/9
  • Public Seminar ‘Concrete Utopia’, New School for Social Research, New York.
  • Interview: ‘Reorganizar la esperanza. Por un Marxismo abierto y decolonial’, Alejandro Mantilla, La Siniestra,, 15/11/17.
  • One day Debate with Bristol Social Movements: Marx in the key of Hope: Bristol Social Movements and Initiatives’, SWDTP Academic-led collaboration, with F.H. Pitts, January 29.

Willing to supervise PhD

Global political economy, class, work and crisis
Urban, rural and indigenous movements in Latin America and the Global South
Social and solidarity economy
Alternative forms of social reproduction and new forms of understanding utopia
The Commons, collective action and pre-figurative politics
Marxism and new critical theory
Decolonial theory and social reproduction feminism
Political philosophy and epistemology surrounding social emancipation
Marxism and the new critical theory
Decolonial theory

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, University of Bath

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Warwick

Master of Arts, University of Warwick

Master of Social Science, University of Buenos Aires

Bachelor of Philosophy, University of Buenos Aires

External positions

PhD Thesis, Mehmet Erols, University of York

24 Mar 2016

Appointed Member of the International Panel for the Evaluation of Working Groups 2016-2-17, , Latin American Council for Social Sciences (CLACSO)


Appointed Member of the International Panel for the Evaluation of Research Proposal CLACSO-TNI: Disputing the Public Space in Latin America, Latin American Council for Social Sciences (CLACSO)


PhD Thesis, Thomas Henderson, School of Oriental and African Studies

19 Oct 201521 Oct 2015

PhD by publication, Joss Winn, University of Lincoln

21 Jun 2015

PhD thesis, Juuso Miettunen:, University of Kent

10 Feb 201511 Feb 2015

Member of the Committee of the Society for Latin American Studies , Society for Latin American Studies


PhD Thesis, Watcharabon Buddharaska, University of York

9 May 2014

External Examiner PhD thesis, Miguel Rivera Quinone, University of Sussex

13 Jan 201314 Jan 2013

External Programme Examiner MA Sociology and Global Change, Manchester Metropolitan University


External Examiner PhD thesis, Mr Kenji Hosano, , University of East Anglia

27 Jan 201128 Jan 2011

External Examiner for PhD thesis, University of Buenos Aires

15 Aug 201016 Aug 2010

External Examiner MRes Programmes, Department of Politics, University of York


External Programme Examiner MSc in Comparative Politics, Department of Politics, University of York



  • Political Sociology
  • Global Political Economy
  • Open Marxism
  • post colonial and de-colonial theory
  • Political philosophy
  • critical theory
  • social movements
  • rural and indigenous movements
  • theories of the state
  • The politics of policy
  • Latin America
  • Argentina
  • concrete utopia
  • work and social reproduction
  • economic sociology

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Projects 2005 2021

training opportunities
knowledge transfer
public space


Dinerstein, A., Facer, K., Lucas, L., Wright, S. & Amsler, S.

Project: Research councilPGR Training Grant

International Research Accelerator Scheme - University of Bath and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Papadopoulos, T., Velazquez Leyer, R., Wehner, L., Deneulin, S. & Dinerstein, A.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Accelerating International Research Collaboration Scheme - Changes to labour, work and employment and its relationship to urban change

Dinerstein, A. & Taylor, G.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Research Output 1999 2018

Open Access
basic income
capitalist society
Social Relations
nation state

John Holloway: The Theory of Interstitial Revolution

Dinerstein, A. 1 May 2018 The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory . Bonefeld, W., Best, B. & O'Kane, C. (eds.). Thousand Oaks, U. S. A.: Sage Publications, Vol. 1, p. 533-549 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

class struggle
critical theory

Co-construction or prefiguration? The problem of the ‘translation’ of social and solidarity economy practices into policy

Dinerstein, A. Apr 2017 Towards Just and Sustainable Economies: The Social and Solidarity Economy North and South. North, P. & Scott Cato, M. (eds.). Bristol, U. K.: Policy Press, p. 57-71 14 p. Chapter 4

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

reform policy
Social Movements

Concrete Utopia: (Re)producing life in, against and beyond the open veins of capital

Dinerstein, A. C. 10 Dec 2017 Public Seminar

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

1 Citations

Corbynism’s conveyor belt of ideas: Postcapitalism and the politics of social reproduction

Dinerstein, A. & Pitts, F. 9 Oct 2017 In : Capital and Class. 41, 3, p. 423-434 13 p., 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social democracy
Labour Party