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Professor Brian Salter

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Professor of Politics

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  • Politics

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Professor Brian Salter is deputy head of department and responsible for the development and implementation of the department's strategy. 

Most recently, he has explored the role of British university intellectuals in the ideological conflict surrounding Brexit, the underlying cultural foundations of that conflict, and the capacity of the British state to respond and adapt to the demands it generates.

An experienced flight instructor and flight examiner, Brian is the only professor in the UK to have flown a Second World War Spitfire and force landed a civilian aircraft at Williams Air Force Base in the United States.


His research deals with the political sociology of power in the domains of science, health and education focusing in particular on the role of ideology and markets in the control of knowledge. In biomedicine he explores the global politics driving the governance response to new health technologies, the impact of the emerging economies and the role of bioethics in that process.  In the case of ageing, he applies a Gramscian framework to an analysis of how health consumers have established a market based counter-hegemony to the ideology of decline.

  • Global politics of innovation and biomedicine
  • Hegemony, markets and intellectuals
  • Brexit and the British state