Steve Coulter is Visiting Fellow at the European Institute (EI) of the LSE and Head of Communications and Publications at the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), a Brussels-based applied research organisation which analyses economic and labour market issues. Prior to joining the joining the ETUI, Steve taught political economy at the EI for five years, and continues to teach EU425, 'Interest Representation and Economic Policymaking to MSc students.
Prior to that he was a business and economics journalist for newspapers and BBC News, latterly as the BBC’s Senior Economics Analyst working on coverage of the financial and eurozone crises. He also held academic posts at City University and the Clore Management Department of Birkbeck, University of London, and was Associate Fellow of the Social Market Foundation thinktank.
Steve co-edits the LSE blog, ‘New European Trade Unions Forum’, and co-convened the labour market and social policy strand of the LSE’s ‘Commission on the Future of Britain in Europe’, which reported in June 2016. He was educated at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics where he received his PhD in European Political Economy for a thesis on the political economy of labour market reform.
His main research interests are: Varieties of Capitalism; Industrial Policy; Political Economy; Impact of Digitalisation on Labour Markets; Trade Unions; the New Economy.
He has written extensively on European and UK economic and labour market policies and is the author of ‘New Labour, Industrial Relations and the Trade Unions’ (Palgrave 2014), and ‘Everyday Economics: A User’s Guide to the Modern Economy’ (Agenda 2017). He is currently writing a book on the comparative political economy of industrial policy for publication in 2020.