Associate Professor Campbell Allan 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

​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, 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 208 Work and Life

SOCIOL 336 Fantasies of Finance

SOCIOL 748 Critical Theory and Social Change


I convene the Auckland Critical Theory Circle, an interdisciplinary group of academic staff and graduate students that meets weekly during term time to discuss advanced theoretical and political issues in contemporary critical theory.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Jones, C. A., & Walsh, S. (2017). What is political organisation?. Economic and Social Research Aotearoa, 2 Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shannon Walsh
  • Jones, C. A. (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. (2016). Management and its others. In R. Mir, H. Willmott, Greenwood (Eds.) The Routledge companion to philosophy in organization studies (pp. 466-473). London, UK: Routledge.
  • 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.
  • Jones, C. A. (2014). Finance, university, revolt. Argos Aotearoa, 1, 44-53. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 951
New Zealand