Dr Ian Chapman, PhD

  • Senior Lecturer in Economics and Sustainability
  • Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership
  • Institute for Leadership and Sustainability
  • Business
Dr Ian Chapman, PhD


I joined a legacy institution of the University of Cumbria in 2002 as programme leader for undergraduate Business courses, after four years at Staffordshire University teaching Idea Generation and Strategy. Prior to that I was at the University of Wolverhampton as part of the European Studies department. I am currently the programme leader for the Aspiring Leaders' Programme, a funded degree run in partnership with the Brathay Trust to develop the for third sector leaders of the future.

Qualifications and memberships

PhD, Interdisciplinary, Lancaster University, 2012

MA Creative Writing, St Martin's College, 2006

MA International Studies, University of Wolverhampton, 2002

MLTA, MLTB, Plas-T-Brenin, 2000

PGCE, University of Wolverhampton, 1991

BA Economics, University of Wolverhampton, 1989

Academic and research interests

Global Macroeconomics, Socialist Political Economy and Degrowth

Peak Oil, Energy Economics and The End of Globalisation

Cuba in the Special Period

US culture and politics as seen through film

Noir fiction and the US economy

Research supervision

Kieran J. Steuart. The relevance of social class, communications and general location in contemporary British Labour Party Politics, with a focus on North-West Cumbria. Completed in 2017.

Leander Bindewald. An Analytical Account of Money as a Discursive Institution in Light of the Practice of Complementary Currencies. Completed in 2018.

Simon Taylor. A study to understand how Social Housing Providers (SHPs) manage the conflict between market forces and addressing social needs. Completed in 2020.

Martin Fowler. Making Political Art Works. Ongoing.

Christophe Place, Virtuous Money: Rethinking Money for its integral (r)evolution. Ongoing


2018 The Four Horsemen of Economic Collapse, Economic Theory for the Anthropocene, 3rd July, University of Surrey

2017 Elvis Presley, Donald Trump and the Death of the American Dream, Research and Innovation Conference, 7th July, University of Cumbria, Lancaster

2016 From Star Wars to the Dark Ages, International De-growth Conference, September 1st-5th, Budapest

2016 The Revenant and the end of the Frontier Myth: how neoliberalism killed the Western, Research and Innovation Conference, 8th July, University of Cumbria, Lancaster

2016 All Downhill from here: Oil Prices and Resource Depletion, Guest Lecture, 18th May, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Manchester, Manchester

2015 Britain in the twenty-second century: the future really is medieval, Research and Enterprise Conference, 3rdJuly, University of Cumbria, Lancaster

2014 The End of Peak Oil? Why this topic is still relevant despite recent denials, Energy Policy, Vol. 64, pp 93-101 

2011 'The End of globalisation, Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference, University of Salford, Manchester, 8-9 June

2009 The revolution in reading: are paper-based books a thing of the past? Interdisciplinary postgraduate conference, Department of English studies, University of Stirling, 29-30 May

Recent external roles

External Examiner at the University of Lincoln