Ana Cecilia Dinerstein

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Critical Research on the Global Politics of Hope.

Political Sociologist and critical theorist with an interdisciplinary expertise in what she calls 'the Global Politics of Hope": work, social movements, global political economy, the politics of policy, Marxist, Feminist and Decolonial theory,  socal reproduction, prefiguration, Ernst Bloch's principle of hope and contemporary forms of utopia

Research interests


Ana Cecilia Dinerstein (PhD Sociology Warwick University) is a critical theorist, political sociologist and scholar activist.  Her research interest as work, social movements, critical sociology and theory, Bloch’s philosophy, open Marxism, feminism, decolonial horizons and contemporary forms of utopia.  She has created a new transdisciplinary research field: ‘the Global Politics of Hope’, the focus of which is the contradictory processes of transformation led by social, labour, indigenous, urban and rural movements mainly in the Global South but not exclusively. Her notion of The art of organising hope, that is the collective resistance and organising processes that give form to alternative realities, horizons and practices, has inspired artists, NGOs and radical pedagogues’ projects in Europeand Latin America. She is the creator and Convenor of the activist scholar female Network Women on the Vergeand the ESRC SWDTP Standing Seminar in Critical Theory. Her publications (translated into Spanish, Italian, Turkish, French, Dutch) include The Politics of Autonomy in Latin America: The Art of Organising Hope (2015, Palgrave), Social Sciences for An Other Politics: Women Theorising without Parachutes (ed. 2016, Palgrave) and Open Marxism against a closing world (ed. 2019, Pluto Press). She has two forthcoming co-authored books for a general audience: A world beyond work? (Emerald, with F. Harry Pitts, 2019) and Dynamics of Hope:(PM, with Sarah Amsler, 2020). 

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Research interests

Research Interests 

  • Global Political Economy
  • Marxism and Critical Theory
  • Feminism
  • Philosophy of Hope
  • Decolonial theory
  • Political Sociology
  • 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
  • Ernst Bloch
  • Contemporary forms of Utopia

Research networks

Editorial and Advisory Roles

Engaged Social Movements,  Book Series, Advisory board, Lead: Laurence Cox

Futures of Work, Bristol University Press. Advisory Board, 2018-present. 

Work, Employment & Society (BSA). Editorial board 2018-2019

Sociology, Associate Board, 2013-2015 - Guest Editor 2014

Capital & Class. Editor. 2001-2005

Fuegia, Revista de Ciencias Sociales, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, Advisory Board

Latin American and Caribbean Observatory, IEALC. International Advisory Board, 2014-present

Trabajo y Sociedad, Argentina, Advisory board

Sociology of Work Journal, Madrid. International Advisory Board, 2017-present

Knowledge Exchange and Public/Media engagement

  • Carving out new politics of hope (by A.Dune)
  • The Art of Organising Hope: About progressive movements and movements for change across Latin America and the rest of the world,University of Bath,  Video:  
  • TAOH Ghent, video: 
  • TAOH Ghent video 2:
  • Interview by Victoria Deluxe:Hope is an invitation to work together 
  • 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

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

Research Output 1999 2019

A critical theory of hope: critical affirmations beyond fear

Dinerstein, A. C., 28 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) Open Marxism against a closing world: Open Marxism 4. DINERSTEIN, A. C., GARCIA VELA, ALFONSO., GONZALEZ, EDITH. & HOLLOWAY, JOHN. (eds.). London - New York: Pluto Press, Vol. 4.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Marxism 4: Against a closing world

Edith Gonzalez, Dinerstein, A. C. (ed.), Garcia Vela, A. (ed.) & Holloway, J. (ed.), 27 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) London - New York: Pluto Press. 224 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Rosa Luxemburg: revolutionary warned of environmental destruction and resurgent far right

Dinerstein, A. C., 15 Jan 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

Scaling Up or Deepening? Developing the Radical Potential of the SSE Sector in a Time of Crisis

Paul Chatterton, F. Harry Pitt, Peter Noth & Dinerstein, A. C., 6 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access



Marxian value theory and the ‘crisis of measurability’: a case study of work in the creative industries in the UK and the Netherlands

Author: Pitts, H., 1 Mar 2017

Supervisor: Dinerstein, A. (Supervisor) & Henderson, J. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


The impact of institutional reforms on poverty and inequality in Tanzania

Author: Sansa, G., 1 Jul 2010

Supervisor: Standing, G. (Supervisor), Johnson, S. (Supervisor) & Dinerstein, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


The politics of indigenous self-determination: Extractive industries, state policies and territorial rights in the Peruvian Amazon

Author: Merino Acuña, R., 22 Mar 2015

Supervisor: Dinerstein, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


“Managing Labour”: Transforming Industrial Relations in China’s Local State-owned Sector

Author: Ying, C., 27 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Cressey, P. (Supervisor) & Dinerstein, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD