Richard Bronk is a writer and part-time academic, with expertise in the history of ideas, philosophy of economics, comparative corporate governance and European political economy. Educated at Merton College, Oxford from 1979-1983, Richard was awarded first class honours and has an MA (Oxon) in Classics and Philosophy. He then spent seventeen years in the City of London – positions including head of European equities at Baring Asset Management, European equity strategist at Merrill Lynch and Adviser on European capital markets and political economy at the Bank of England. From 2000-2007, Richard was a Teaching Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics – lecturing on varieties of capitalism, EMU and EU enlargement, and on theoretical concepts in political economy. Since 2007, he has been a Visiting Fellow at the LSE. Richard is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and is a regular speaker on BBC radio and at literary and philosophy festivals.
Richard’s research interests centre on the role of imagination, language and metaphor in economics, the dangers of economic monoculture and the epistemology of markets. His approach to philosophy of economics is grounded in a history of ideas perspective and in his practical experience in markets and economic policy. He is currently working on the relationship between creativity and uncertainty.
Richard is author of Progress and the Invisible Hand - the Philosophy and Economics of Human Advance (Little Brown, 1998); and The Romantic Economist - Imagination in Economics (Cambridge University Press, 2009).