I am interested in the role that markets play in contemporary organising: how markets form, how they configure organisations, and how individuals shape – and are shaped – by market practice. I’m especially interested in the moral issues that surround markets, and the discourses, valuations and justifications invoked in market settings. Working in a School of Management, I’m deeply aware of how these topics relate to managers, and in my writing and teaching I’m beginning to develop sociological perspectives on what it means to be a ‘responsible manager’ or even a ‘responsible enterprise’.
My work is located in the growing interdisciplinary field of ‘market studies’ and is informed by science and technology studies, as well as research into accounting and organisations. My empirical research has focused on non-professional investors, organ transplants and online dating, among other things. I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students with an interest in topics related to market studies.
I am committed to bringing academic research to the attention of as wide an audience as possible. My book I Spend Therefore I Am was published by Penguin in February 2014, and republished in paperback as A Richer Life in May 2015. I have written for the Guardian, Times Higher Education and the Literary Review, have appeared frequently on radio and television, and have given public lectures in the UK and abroad. In 2011 I was one of the ten winners of the inaugural AHRC BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers scheme. You can find out more about my writing, speaking and broadcasting, as well as an occasional blog, on www.philiproscoe.net.
I joined the faculty at St Andrews in 2009, moving from Sup de Co Montpellier, where I was assistant professor of management. I hold a doctorate in management, from Lancaster University, exploring how non–professional stock–market investors are ‘constructed’ by investment service firms. I also worked in Lancaster as a post–doctoral researcher. Before starting my doctorate I spent six years working in financial journalism, prior to which I studied theology and medieval Arabic thought at the universities of Leeds and Oxford. My MPhil thesis was an edition and translation of, and commentary on Abd al–Latif al–Baghdadi’s On Providenc
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