Alan Storkey

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Alan Storkey (born 2 October 1943 in London) is an economist, sociologist and artist. He is known for his writing and lectures and for his work on transport and the arms trade. He grew up in Wembley, Nottingham and Norwich, the son of Alec and Doris Storkey. In 1968 he married Elaine Storkey née Elaine Lively, a philosopher, social scientist and broadcaster. They have three sons, five grandsons and a granddaughter.[1]

Education and academic posts[edit]

Alan Storkey was educated at the City of Norwich School, where he was school captain, and then at Christ's College Cambridge where he studied economics. He did postgraduate work in sociology at the London School of Economics and a doctorate in economics (consumption theory) at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, studying under Bob Goudzwaard. His first academic post was in sociology at Stirling University from where he went on to direct the Shaftesbury Project.[2] Having taught economics and politics at Worksop College, he became a member of the Research Scholars in Economics team at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States, in the early 1980s. He was Director of Studies for 20 years at Oak Hill Theological College, London, until 2003, responsible for the academic programme with Middlesex University.


Storkey is a writer with a number of published works. These include:

  • A Christian Social Perspective in 1979[3]
  • Transforming Economics[4]
  • The Meanings of Love,[5]
  • Epistemological Foundations in Consumption Theory[6]
  • Marriage and its Modern Crisis[7]
  • Beneath the Surface of the Kosovo War: Arms Trade and the Peace of Nations[8]

He has contributed to many published symposia and columns in national newspapers and writes a regular column for the Church Times and the Church of England Newspaper.

A book on the history of the Arms Trade will be published in 2014.[citation needed][needs update]

Marriage and its Modern Crisis was written in response to a working party report from the Church of England[9] His book Jesus and Politics was featured at the Jubilee Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.[10]

In the 1990s Storkey was Chair of the Movement For Christian Democracy and in 1997 unsuccessfully contested the parliamentary seat of Enfield Southgate when Michael Portillo lost his seat to Stephen Twigg, (styled by the media as the 'Portillo Moment')[11][12] He has given submissions to Government Enquiries into Transport on a motorway based coach system.[13] and has been a member of a campaigning group on greener transport. His work on transport is referenced in George Monbiot's book, Heat[14][15]

Art work[edit]

Storkey is also an artist and paints both landscapes and portraits. He exhibits regularly and five of his paintings, especially "Early Mist Over Granchester", are featured on the official Grantchester webpage.[16]

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ " New & Used Books, Rare Books, Textbooks, Out of Print Books".
  3. ^ "A Christian Sociology".
  4. ^ Alan Storkey. Transforming Economics. ISBN 978-0-281-04225-8.
  5. ^ "The Meaning of Love". Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Epistemological Foundations in Consumption Theory". Christian Study Unit. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Marriage and its modern crisis". Christian Study Unit. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  8. ^ "Beneath the Surface of the Kosovo War: Arms Trade and the Peace of Nations".
  9. ^ Storkey, Alan (1995-06-08). "Where to find sin in the modern world". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2010-04-23.
  10. ^ Jesus and Politics (2005 Baker Academic Grand Rapids Michigan) ISBN 0-8010-2784-5
  11. ^ "Results & Constituencies". BBC News.
  12. ^ "YouTube".
  13. ^ "Transport Committee Inquiry into Bus Services across the UK". Parliament. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  14. ^ George Monbiot (2006). Heat How to Stop the Planet Burning. Allen Lane. ISBN 0-7139-9923-3.
  15. ^ Monbiot, George (1996-12-06). "I'm all for putting more vehicles on our roads. As long as they're coaches". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
  16. ^ "Paintings by Alan Storkey".