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Critical Research on the Global Politics of Hope.

Political Sociologist and critical theorist with an interdisciplinary expertise in work, social movements, global political economy, the politics of policy, Marxist, Feminist and Decolonial theory,  socal reproduction, utopia and the contemporary uses of Ernst Bloch's prnciple of hope. 

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 

  • Global Political Economy
  • Marxism and Critical Theory
  • Social reproduction Feminism
  • 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
  • Social reproductions and new forms of utopia
  • Political philosophy and epistemology

Research networks

Editorial Roles

  • Fuegia, Revista de Ciencias Sociales, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, Advisory Board
  • Trabajo y Sociedad, Argentina, Advisory Board
  • Engaged Social Movements Book Series, Pluto Press, advosory board
  • Futures of Work, Bristol University Press. Advisory Board, 2018-
  • Sociology of Work Journal, Madrid. International Advisory Board, 2017-present
  • Work, Employment & Society (BSA). Editorial board 2018-2019
  • 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

  • The art of Organisng Hope, about progressive movements and movements for change across Latin America and the rest of the world,University of Bath Video: https://vimeo.com/300540585  
  • TAOH Ghent, video: 
  • TAOH Ghent video 2:
  • Interview by Vicoria 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,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qsi2QJyLYU 
  • Expert comment and interview ‘Why BREXIT?’, Asuntos Públicos, Channel 8 Metro, 23/6, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpnw9cXjfrI
  • 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. http://www.publicseminar.org/2017/12/concrete-utopia/
  • Interview: ‘Reorganizar la esperanza. Por un Marxismo abierto y decolonial’, Alejandro Mantilla, La Siniestra, http://lasiniestra.com, 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 council

Research Output 1999 2019

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

Argentina votes to legalise abortion in latest victory for global feminism

Dinerstein, A. C., 15 Jun 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

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



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