Prof. Marc Stears was a key faculty member of the Corporate Theatre until 2016 when he took up the post of Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation (NEF)—one of Britain’s most influential think-tanks. Between 2010 and 2015 Marc was Chief Speech Writer for the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition the Rt. Hon. Ed Milliband. Marc has also been a visiting fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) where his research focused on the ideological and organizational challenges faced by past and contemporary political parties and movements.
A political theorist by training Marc received his doctorate from the University of Oxford where he remains Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Relations and a fellow of University College. His first book was published in 2006 and was entitled Progressives, Pluralist, and the Problem’s of the State: Ideologies of Reform in the United States and Britain, (1909-1926). In recent years Marc has published widely on the methodology of political philosophy as well as maintaining a special interest in the history of the British and American Left. His forthcoming work, Till St. Paul’s Falls Down, examines the ways in which British and American intellectuals celebrated the end of the Second World War.
Marc is a frequent contributor to magazines and journals such as the New Statesman and Renewal. He is a leading thinker and proponent for the development of a more participatory and ‘everyday’ form of democracy.
While at The Corporate Theatre, Marc was influential in the design and delivery of numerous programs and workshops where he combined philosophical insights with a deep understanding of the challenges facing modern leaders. His past contributions and intellectual influence remains strong in the continuing development of The Corporate Theatre.
Originally from South Wales, Marc now lives in London with his wife and young daughter.