Prof. Marc Stears

Sydney Policy Lab

Marc Stears is Director of the Sydney Policy Lab. Before arriving in Sydney in 2018, Marc had been Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford and Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation, one of the UK’s largest think tanks. In his academic work, Marc is an expert in democratic theory and the history of ideologies and social movements.

He is the author of Demanding Democracy (Princeton, 2010), Progressives, Pluralists and the Problems of the State (Oxford, 2002) and an editor of many volumes including The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies (Oxford, 2014). He has two books currently under contract, one focusing on the recent revival of socialism internationally, for Profile Books, and one looking at the cultural roots of anti-statism on the British left, with Harvard University Press.