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Dr John Evemy
Research Fellow



John’s research interests are in the broad fields of British politics and political economy. He is currently employed as a research fellow as part of the EEA Public Services Research Clinic led by Professor Charlotte O'Brien (York Law School) and Professor Simon Parker (Politics). His focus is on mapping the development of legislation and regulations that affect the rights of EEA nationals as part of the United Kingdom’s ongoing exit from the European Union.  

Alongside this John is also part of a smaller project funded by the ESRC Productivity Insights Network investigating the impact of extraordinary monetary policy on UK firm’s investment strategies.

Previously John’s research has focussed on the development of monetary policy since the global financial crisis and the implications for the British state. In particular, how the increasing power of the Bank of England changes the dynamics of UK policy making and how monetary policy and how extraordinary monetary policy has served to discipline labour through wage and debt discipline.

With the department, John co-chairs the Politics Teaching Circle and is co-convenor of the Political Economy Cluster. 


John holds a PhD in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Birmingham. Prior to joining the department in 2019 he taught Economics and Politics at the University of Manchester and was a visiting lecturer at Birmingham Business School.



Since completing my PhD my research focuses on three broad areas:

  • The money form and modern money. Money is at the centre of modern life. It is necessary to access the basic means of survival and is the thing capitalism organises life towards in the form of profits. This project focuses on how money itself is produced and maintained as a social relation based on credit in contemporary capitalism, the problems this creates and the need for an alternative monetary system for post-capitalist society.
  • The historical development of British monetary policy and ‘the central banking problem’. This project looks at how British policymakers have attempted to mediate the tensions between money as credit and the needs of modern capitalism through the development of monetary policy in order to shed light on the problems faced by contemporary monetary policymakers.
  • Financialisation and the British productivity puzzle. In particular, I focus on how credit policies and the financialisation fostered by successive British governments have shaped investment strategies. This project aims to link the ongoing productivity problem in the UK to the use of extraordinary monetary policy and historically low-interest rates.



In the 2019/20 academic year, I am teaching on the following modules
First Year: What is politics?
Second Year: Politics in the UK

Contact details

Dr John Evemy
Associate Lecturer
Department of Politics
University of York
Heslington Lane
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 328118

Feedback and Guidance hours, (Summer term) Thursdays (D/N/108a) 11:00-12:00 & Fridays (D/N/141) 15:30-16:30