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Alice Pearson (2015)

Alice  Pearson (2015)

Research Title: The Discipline of Economics

Supervisor: Dr Andrew Sanchez


My doctoral thesis is funded by an ESRC studentship and based on 15 months ethnography of undergraduate economics education in Northern Europe. In it I focus on the relationship between content and form in economics education, including: the aesthetics of economic modelling; relationships between ‘rationality’ and ‘reflexivity’; regimes of value in education; ethics of time; and certain paradoxes in such genres of social science education. I go on to explore conceptions of personhood, space and time entailed in transitions to future careers, particularly in finance. Throughout the thesis I consider shifts in economic theory, particularly in notions of information and rationality and the ambiguities these generate, with a focus on fields of asymmetric information economics.

Previously I have completed an MPhil in Social Anthropology (University of Cambridge) and a BSc in Government and Economics (LSE).

In addition to my doctoral research, I am also involved in two other research initiatives:

I am a Research Associate on an ESRC-funded project, where I am examining how Bank of England Agents assemble understandings of the economy, particularly during Brexit uncertainty. For this I am conducting fieldwork across the UK during 2019.

I am also a co-founder and convener of The Politics of Economics network, funded by CRASSH, INET YSI and the Bennett Institute. This considers how economic advice can and ought to be structured, given the various forms of judgement it necessarily entails.

Research Interests

Economic anthropology; history and philosophy of economics; anthropology of science, medicine and psy- disciplines; gender; personhood, liberalism and late liberalism; performativity, ethics and aesthetics; higher education; expertise and policy; finance; labour and time.