Dr Sam Warner

Dr Sam Warner

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS)
School of Government
Muirhead Tower, Room 521
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Sam is a political scientist whose research interests lie in British politics, depoliticisation, critical political economy, state theory and approaches to archival analysis. He completed his PhD in POLSIS in December 2017.


  • PhD in Political Science, University of Birmingham (2017)
  • MA British Politics and the State, University of Birmingham (2012)
  • BSc Politics and Law (Major/Minor) (2011)  )


Sam has taught in POLSIS for 5 years, formerly as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, before becoming a Teaching Fellow in the 2017/18 academic year. He became a full-time Teaching Fellow in September 2018.

His research is at the intersection between British politics, political economy and political history, focusing in particular on depoliticisation as an approach to economic management. He is particularly interested in the 1970s as the precursor to Thatcherism, and this informs a number of on-going research projects. His thesis on the Industrial Relations Act 1971 was supervised by Professor Peter Burnham and Dr Peter Kerr.

He has taught a range of modules in the department, including Understanding Politics, Introduction to Political Economy, International Political Economy, British Politics, Policy Blunders and contributed to postgraduate teaching, too.


Research interests

Sam’s research interests include:

  • British politics
  • Critical political economy
  • Depoliticisation
  • State theory
  • Approaches to the archive

 Current projects

Sam is currently working on a book project stemming directly from his doctoral studies. In addition to two recent publications based on this work, Sam is conducting research into the political economy of nationalisation in the 1970s that will inform a journal article to be submitted this summer.


Warner, S. (forthcoming), (Re)politicising the governmental: Resisting the Industrial Relations Act 1971. British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 

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