Peter is a political economist who, carried out research at the University of Sussex Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)between 1972 and 1995, and is now an Honorary Senior Fellow there. Between 1995 and 2018, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of East London. His principal research interests are in relationships between society, the economy, technology and inequality, both in developed and developing economies. Recently he has been evaluating policies designed to reduce environmental damage. Peter is a member of the Editorial Board of Prometheus: critical studies in innovation, and a trustee of East Sussex Brighton and Hove Crossroads Care.