Dr Tim

Dr Tim Thornton

Lecturer in Political Economy, Director, Politics, Philosophy and Economics Degree.

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Politics and Philosophy

SS 328, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Institute for Human Security and Social Change


PhD (Economics) Masters of Arts (International Development) Graduate Diploma (International Development) Diploma of Health Sciences.



Membership of professional associations

Australian Political Studies Association (ASPA), Member of ASPA Environment and Politics Working Group

Area of study


Brief profile

I am a political economist. I currently co-convene La Trobe's Politics, Philosophy and Economics Degree. My most recently published work is the book From Economics to Political Economy: the promise, problems and solutions of Pluralist Economics (Routledge 2017) which extends my PhD research on political economy, economic pluralism and interdisciplinarity. My current research interests are in the area of sustainability (social, economic and environmental).

Research interests

Political Theory and Political Philosophy

- Political Economy

Teaching units

POL1PPE Politics, Philosophy and Economics, POL2PPE Contemporary Political Economy, POL5CPE Political Economy, POL3PCW Professional Competence - Transition to the Workplace.

Recent publications

Older publications

Research projects

  • 25 June 2014. Panellist, Smaller Government, Bigger Economy? Deficits and Growth. City of Melbourne event held at Federation Square, Melbourne. Co-panellists were The Hon. John Brumby, Professor Judith Sloan, and the CEO of ACOSS Dr Cassandra Goldie. 
  • 9 May 2014. Panellist, Carrots and Sticks: Economics in Design for ‘SOL:id’ RMIT University. Co-panellists were Dr Gretchen Wilkins, RMIT University and Ian Shears from City of Melbourne.
  • September 2013. Interviewed for Radio National’s Hindsight in relation to the Sydney University political economy dispute.