Associate Professor Campbell Jones

PhD (Keele)

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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

I am currently conducting research in five inter-related areas:

  1. Marxist theory – in particular Marx’s writings, value-form theory, the New Marx-Reading, systematic dialectics, and readings of Marx following the Marx Engels Gesamtausgabe (MEGA2);
  2. Immanent critique of economic thought – in particular finance, the critique of work and the capital-relation;
  3. Decolonial theory – in particular mātauranga Māori, and especially as applied to questions of economics, property and ownership;
  4. Critical theory – in particular the writings of Hegel, Adorno, Lacan, Derrida and Badiou;
  5. Programmes for radical social and economic transformation.

I am currently writing a book, provisionally titled The Work of Others, which brings together all five areas. I am potentially interested in working with research students on research in any or all of these areas.

I convene the University of Auckland Critical Theory Network which hosts seminars through term time. I organise a reading group that is reading Marx’s second draft of Capital, also known as the Economic Manuscripts of 1861-63 (vols. 30-34 of the Marx Engels Collected Works) and am a member of a Lacanian cartel which is collectively reading Lacan’s fifth seminar, Formations of the Unconscious.

Teaching | Current

SOCIOL 748 Critical Theory and Social Change

Postgraduate supervision

PhD (current)
Martha Peediyakkan (2020-present) ‘Contested land use in the state of Sikkim, India’.
Emilie Rākete (2020-present) ‘Empires of punishment: Mass incarceration and the internal contradictions of capitalism’.
Anisha Sankar (2019-present) ‘Epistemic decolonisation: Towards a politics of rupture’.
Ti Lamusse (2019-present) ‘Alternatives to prisons’ (co-supervisor).
Nathan Rew (2018-present) ‘The water to which we belong’.
Ingrid Hanon (2018-present) ‘On the end of work: Demystifying alternatives, decolonizing utopias’.
Aitor Jiménez González (2018-present) ‘Big data and life’.
Vanessa Cole (2017-present) ‘Planning cities’.
Shannon Walsh (2016-present) ‘Innovation after capital’.
Nathalie Jaques (2016-present) ‘Logistics, circulation, resistance’.
Jai Bentley-Payne (2012-present) ‘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)
Julian Castano (2019-) ‘The theory of the subject in political theory’.
Kieran Tahir (2019-) ‘The role of the state in international finance’.

MA (recent)
Daniel Badenhorst (2019) ‘Fanon and Hegel after Manichaeism’.
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’.


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

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 951
New Zealand