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Dr Philip Roscoe

Dr Philip Roscoe

BA, MPhil, PhD

Reader in Management

Director of Postgraduate Research
Convenor, Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences business and management pathway

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 461973
Fax: +44 (0)1334 462812

Teaching 2016-2017

  • MN4236 Sociology of Finance

I am on a research fellowship during Semester 1.

Biography

I am interested in the role that markets play in contemporary organising: how markets form, how they configure organisations, and how individuals shape – and are shaped – by market practice. I'm especially interested in the moral issues that surround markets, and the discourses, valuations and justifications invoked in market settings. Working in a School of Management, I'm deeply aware of how these topics relate to managers, and in my writing and teaching I'm beginning to develop sociological perspectives on what it means to be a 'responsible manager' or even a 'responsible enterprise'.

My work is located in the growing interdisciplinary field of 'market studies' and is informed by science and technology studies, as well as research into accounting and organisations. My empirical research has focused on non-professional investors, organ transplants and online dating, among other things. I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students with an interest in topics related to market studies.

I am committed to bringing academic research to the attention of as wide an audience as possible. My book I Spend Therefore I Am was published by Penguin in February 2014, and republished in paperback as A Richer Life in May 2015. I have written for the Guardian, Times Higher Education and the Literary Review, have appeared frequently on radio and television, and have given public lectures in the UK and abroad. In 2011 I was one of the ten winners of the inaugural AHRC BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers scheme. You can find out more about my writing, speaking and broadcasting, as well as an occasional blog, on www.philiproscoe.net.

I joined the faculty at St Andrews in 2009, moving from Sup de Co Montpellier, where I was assistant professor of management. I hold a doctorate in management, from Lancaster University, exploring how non–professional stock–market investors are 'constructed' by investment service firms. I also worked in Lancaster as a post–doctoral researcher. Before starting my doctorate I spent six years working in financial journalism, prior to which I studied theology and medieval Arabic thought at the universities of Leeds and Oxford. My MPhil thesis was an edition and translation of, and commentary on Abd al–Latif al–Baghdadi's On Providence.

Selected Publications

Performativity matters: economic description as a moral problem
Roscoe, P. J. 25 Aug 2016 Enacting Dismal Science: New Perspectives on the Performativity of Economics. Boldyrev, I. & Svetlova, E. (eds.). PalgraveMacMillan, p. 131-150 (Perspectives from Social Economics)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Response to Johannes Bellmann (2016) A critique of economization critiques from the field of education science
Roscoe, P. J. 2016 In : Bildungsgeschichte. International Journal for the Historiography of Education.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Algorithmic life: calculative devices in the age of big data
Roscoe, P. J. 2016 In : Journal of Cultural Economy.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The promise and paradise of austerity
Roscoe, P. J. 2016 In : Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization. Forthcoming reviews
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Unsettling issues: valuing public goods and the production of matters of concern
Roscoe, P. J. & Townley, B. 2016 In : Journal of Cultural Economy. 9, 2, p. 121-126
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Practices and meanings of non-professional stock-trading in Taiwan: a case of relational work
Chen, Y-H. & Roscoe, P. J. Feb 2015
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

A moral economy of transplantation: Competing regimes of value in the allocation of transplant organs
Roscoe, P. J. Jan 2015 Value Practices in Life Sciences. Helgesson, C-F., Lee, F. & Dussange, I. (eds.). Oxford University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Economizing habitus: material calculation and ‘the rules of the game’ in the publishing industry
Gulledge, E. A., Roscoe, P. J. & Townley, B. 2015 In : Journal of Cultural Economy. 8, 6, p. 637-654
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

‘Elephants can’t gallop’: Performativity, knowledge and power in the market for lay-investing
Roscoe, P. J. 2015 In : Journal of Marketing Management. 31, 1-2, p. 193-218
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Creating numbers: carbon and capital investment
Vesty, G., Telgenkamp, A. & Roscoe, P. J. 2015 In : Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. 28, 3, p. 302-324
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

I Spend Therefore I Am: The True Cost of Economics
Roscoe, P. J. 6 Feb 2014 London: Penguin.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Acquiring an economic habitus: the role of calculation in learning ‘the rules of the game'
Gulledge, E. A., Roscoe, P. J. & Townley, B. 2014
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Dr Pangloss and the best of all possible markets: evolutionary fantasies and justifications in contemporary economic discourse
Roscoe, P. J. 2014 Myth and the Market. Dublin: University College Dublin Business School, p. 96-111
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

The possibility of critique: New Spirits of Capitalism
Roscoe, P. J. 2014 In : Journal of Cultural Economy.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Constructing the retail investor: performativity and power in the market for investment services
Roscoe, P. J. Jun 2013 27 p.
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Economic embeddedness and materiality in a financial market setting
Roscoe, P. J. 27 Feb 2013 In : The Sociological Review. 61, 1, p. 41-68
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The state of affairs: critical performativity and the online dating industry
Roscoe, P. J. & Chillas, S. A. 2013 In : Organization.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

On the possibility of organ markets and the performativity of economics
Roscoe, P. J. 2013 In : Journal of Cultural Economy. 6, 4, p. 386-401
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

How does an old firm learn new tricks?: A material account of entrepreneurial opportunity
Roscoe, P. J., Discua-Cruz, A. & Howorth, C. 2013 In : Business History. 55, 1, p. 53-72 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Can a market for marriage be moral? A philosophical and organizational problem
Roscoe, P. J. Jun 2012
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

The unbearable emptiness of entrepreneurship
Roscoe, P. J. Aug 2011 In : Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization. 11, 3, p. 319-325 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

The organisation of fairness: engineering organ allocation protocols in the United Kingdom
Roscoe, P. J. 2011
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Economizing on love: does economics perform online dating?
Roscoe, P. J. & Chillas, S. A. 2011
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

On the possibility of organ markets and the performativity of economics
Roscoe, P. J. 4 Jun 2010 28 p.
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Risk appraisal and venture capital in high technology new ventures / Gavin C. Reid and Julia A. Smith
Lasch, F. & Roscoe, P. Jun 2010 In : International Small Business Journal. 28, 3, p. 297-298 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Calculation and compassion: economics and the problem of transplant organs
Roscoe, P. J. 2010
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Identification through technical analysis: A study of charting and UK non-professional investors
Roscoe, P. J. & Howorth, C. Feb 2009 In : Accounting, Organizations and Society. 34, 2, p. 206-221 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Materiality and felicitous opportunity
Roscoe, P. J. 2009
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Entrepreneurship, cooperation and the firm: the emergence and survival of high-technology ventures in Europe
Roscoe, P. 2008 In : Business History. 50, 6, p. 822-824 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

I Spend Therefore I Am: The true cost of economics (cover) A Richer Life (cover)