Associate Professor Campbell Jones

PhD (Keele)

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Associate Professor


Campbell Jones took undergraduate degrees at the University of Auckland and a Masters degree at the University of Otago before spending eleven years in Europe. He recieved a PhD from Keele University, UK in 2003 and worked from 2002 as a lecturer and from 2005 as senior lecturer at the University of Leicester. He taught at the University of Warwick and was Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School from 2007 to 2009, and joined the University of Auckland in January 2011.

Research | Current

​My research is concerned with the social and political dynamics of economics and thought.

On the side of economics, I am currently completing two projects. First, I am writing a book on the concept of work, which proposes to bury once and for all the vulgar concept of work that dominates economics, sociology and practical politics. Second, I am working on a series of studies of the philosophy, sociology and politics of finance and resistance against finance.

On the side of thought, my current philosophical research is in ontology and in particular is focused on questions of difference, relation, the other, otherness, number, the one, the infinite, the universal and multiplicity. I retain an interest in the question of the subject from my earlier work, focused in particular today on how collective agency is constructed out of multiplicity.

I have published studies on the thought of John Locke, GWF Hegel, Karl Marx, Jacques Lacan, Emmanuel Levinas, Milton Friedman, Jean-François Lyotard, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Alain Badiou, Silvia Federici, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Randy Martin and Thomas Piketty.

Situated in the tradition of historical materialism, my work is engaged with and informed by immediate political concerns. Beyond my work as an educator this involves my public and political work and my work as a Researcher at the left think tank Economic and Social Research Aoteoroa (ESRA), where I work on projects on housing, finance, work and political organisation.

Teaching | Current

SOCIOL 748 Critical Theory and Social Change

Postgraduate supervision

PhD (current)
Nathan Rew (commenced 2019) ‘The water to which we belong’.
Ti Lamuse (commenced 2019) ‘Alternatives to prison.'
Ingrid Hanon (commenced 2018) ‘Confronting the wage relation’.
Aitor Jiménez González (commenced 2018) ‘Big data and life’.
Vanessa Cole (commenced 2017) ‘Planning cities’.
James Roberts (commenced 2017) ‘On so-called feasible socialism: Burning question of communism and economic planning’.
Shannon Walsh (commenced 2016) ‘Innovation after capital’.
Nathalie Jaques (commenced 2016) ‘Logistics, circulation, resistance’.
Jai Bentley-Payne (commenced 2012) ‘The spectre of the individual’.
PhD (recent)
Naoise McDonagh (2019) ‘The end of capitalism, again? An institutional-evolutionary view’.
Shanti Daellenbach (2018) ‘The power of women, the work of reproduction and class struggle’.
Andrea Brower (2017) ‘Hawai’i – GMO ground zero: Seeds of occupation, seeds of possibility'.
Matthew Wynyard (2016) ‘The price of milk: A political economy of the New Zealand dairying industry, 1814-2014’.
MA (current)
Kieran Tahir Wilding (commenced 2019) ‘The role of the state in international finance’
MA (recent)
Daniel Badenhorst (2019) ‘Fanon’s critique of Hegel’.
Anisha Sankar (2019) ‘Notes on Fanon’s dialectics’.
Jackson Rowe-Williams (2018) ‘Radical resurgent: The re-emergence of radical left politics in Aotearoa/New Zealand’.
Shane Malva (2018) ‘A struggle with SOUL: Politics of land, housing and metaphysics in Ihumātao, Tāmaki Makaurau’.
Adam Trail (2018) ‘The osseous spectre of Hegel: Edifice, casting off, and ossification’.
Catherine Cumming (2018) ‘The financial colonisation of Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1840-1900’.
Ben Rosamond (2017) ‘Sovereignty, counter-sovereignty, rangatiratanga’.
Shannon Walsh (2015) ‘Thinking practice: Jacques Rancière and the division of reason’.
Finn Morrow (2015) ‘Infinitely negative: Hegel against the metaphysics of finitude’
Nathalie Jaques (2015) ‘Living wage, labour and capital’.


Co-convenor, Sociology and Criminology
Convenor, University of Auckland Critical Theory Network

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Jones, C. (2018). Where thought is not. In A. J. Bartlett, J. Clemens (Eds.) Badiou and his interlocutors: Lectures, interviews and responses (pp. 177-191). London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic. Related URL.
  • Jones, C., & Walsh, S. (2017). What is political organisation?. Economic and Social Research Aotearoa, 2.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shannon Walsh
  • Jones, C. (2017). The meanings of work in John Locke. In J. Bek-Thomsen, C. Christiansen, S. Jacobsen, M. Thorup (Eds.) History of economic rationalities: Economic reasoning as knowledge and practice authority (pp. 51-62). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 10.1007/978-3-319-52815-1_6
  • Jones, C. (2017). The value of work and the future of the left. Counterfutures: Left Thought and Practice Aotearoa, 4, 137-165.
  • Jones, C. A. (2016). The world of finance. Diacritics, 44 (3), 30-54. 10.1353/dia.2016.0013
  • Jones, C. A. (2016). How to read capital in the twenty-first century. Crisis and critique, 3 (3), 141-165. Related URL.
  • Jones, C. (2016). John Key the biofinancial entrepreneur. Kōtuitui : New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 11 (2), 89-103. 10.1080/1177083X.2016.1179648
  • Jones, C. A. (2015). The embers of truth in the ashes of finance. In M. Peters, J. Paraskeva, T. Besley (Eds.) The global financial crisis and educational restructuring (pp. 121-141). New York: Peter Lang.

Contact details

Primary office location

New Zealand