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Peter is a political economist who, between 1972 and 1995 carried out research at the University of Sussex Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU); 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. Since 2018, he has been studying how environmental policy can become central to determination of the direction of economic development. 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.