Peter is a political economist who, between 1972 and 1995, carried out research at the University of Sussex Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU); and, between 1995 and 2018,  as a Visiting Professor at the University of East London. His principal research interests are  relationships between society, the economy, technology and inequality both in developed and developing economies.  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.