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Alice Pearson

Alice  Pearson

Research Title: The Discipline of Economics

Supervisor: Dr Andrew Sanchez


Alice’s doctoral thesis is funded by an ESRC studentship and based on 15 months ethnographic fieldwork of undergraduate economics education in Northern Europe. It explores questions of labour, time, personhood, aspiration and aesthetics. She has previously completed a BSc in Government and Economics (LSE) and an MPhil in Social Anthropology (University of Cambridge).

In addition to her thesis, Alice is also involved in two other research initiatives.

She is working on an ESRC-funded project with Prof. David Tuckett, Prof. Laura Bear and Prof. Douglas Holmes. Within this she is examining how Bank of England Agents assemble information about economic processes in the UK during Brexit uncertainty. This entails being on leave for the first 6 months of 2019 to conduct fieldwork in London and across the UK.

Alice is also a co-founder and convener of The Politics of Economics research network, funded by CRASSH and the Institute for New Economic Thinking Young Scholars’ Initiative. 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.