Elio Di Muccio

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State management of technological and economic performance in industry: The Ministry of Technology in Britain, 1964-1970

Supervisor: Professor Peter Burnham and Dr Ross Abbinnett

I am interested in the social, political and economic implications of techno-scientific innovation. My work currently examines the British state’s intervention in what came to be known as the “white heat” of the scientific and technological revolution of the 1960s. My next project will explore the left’s travailed relationship with both economic patriotism and political internationalism, with a focus on the labour movement’s contribution to the construction of economic nationalism in Italy and the UK since 1945.


I joined the University of Birmingham in 2009 as an undergraduate student, before which I lived in Southern Italy and in New York City. I have teaching experience spanning five years and have been a Visiting Lecturer in the Birmingham Business School. I have also volunteered extensively for radical and transformational causes.


  • BA Media, Culture and Society with Philosophy (University of Birmingham)
  • MA Social and Political Theory (University of Birmingham)
  • MA Political Science Research Methods (University of Birmingham)

Research interests

  • Marxism
  • British Politics
  • Historical and Archival Research
  • Political Economy and Critical Theory
  • Technology, industrial strategy and industrial organisation

Other activities

I am an Executive Committee Member of the Conference of Socialist Economists and “Behind the News” Editor for its journal Capital & Class. I am also a member of CSE’s Midlands branch, which organises lively talks and events on a regular basis (see https://csemidlands.wordpress.com/). I have also been Secretary of the University of Birmingham branch of the University and College Union (UCU), Anti-casualisation Officer and Chair of West Midland’s UCU Higher Education Committee. I am a member of the UK Labour Party.


“In conversation with Joyce Canaan” – contribution to a Festschrift for Professor Joyce Canaan (forthcoming, August 2020).

“For a Technological Single Source and Version of the Truth: CORE HR in British Higher Education” (2019), Social Epistemology, 33 (4): 321-336. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02691728.2019.1638987

“Internationalism in British politics: Uncertainty, ambiguity and racism” (2019), Capital & Class, 43 (2): 357-362. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0309816819851034

“Six Theses In, Against and Beyond the University” (as Birmingham Autonomous University), in Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in Higher Education, edited by Richard Hall and Joss Winn, Bloomsbury Press, 2017. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/mass-intellectuality-and-democratic-leadership-in-higher-education-9781474267595/

 “Theorising Capitalist Development, Cooperation, and Working-Class Resistance on a Global Scale” (2016), Capital & Class, 39 (1), pp. 161-164. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0309816814564973a

“Beyond Technocracy” (2012), Secessio: Imagination and Experience After Modernity. https://secessio.net/beyond-technocracy/

“Resisting Managerialism and the Pursuit of Excellence in Higher Education: a report on the university as the space for a general critique of capitalism” (2012), Birmingham Political Review, 1. https://birminghampoliticalreview.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/elio-di-muccio-finish.pdf

I also make some of my work available on my Academia.edu page.

An example of a paper I gave to the Contemporary Philosophy of Technology research group entitled “Satisfying curiosity at the expense of the state? Lessons from the British state’s involvement in technological innovation” is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLAJMRoohDM

Also on YouTube is a talk delivered with Darcy Luke on “Designing projects and drafting proposals as critical researchers” – advising undergraduates, postgraduates and novice researchers looking for funding to undertake a PhD in the social sciences: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytKZ68qoK6w 

Contact details:

Email: e.a.dimuccio@pgr.bham.ac.uk