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She married Roy Bhaskar, the British philosopher, in 1971.
Wainwright was educated at the Mount School, York, and St Anne's College, Oxford, where she studied PPE. She graduated in 1970. She gained a BPhil in Sociology from St Antony's College, Oxford in 1973.
Life and career
Until 1979, Wainwright was a research fellow at the Department of Sociology at Durham University. From 1979–81, she was a researcher at the Technology Department of the Open University. In 1982, she became Ken Livingstone's Deputy Chief Economic Advisor to the Greater London Council (GLC).
Wainwright is a Fellow of the international think tank for progressive politics, the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam; Senior Research Associate at the International Centre for Participation Studies at the Department for Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK and previously research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics. She has also been a visiting Professor and Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles; Havens Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Todai University, Tokyo.
She is a researcher and writer on the emergence of new forms of democratic accountability within parties, movements and the state. She has documented examples of resurgent democratic movements in many countries across the world and the lessons they provide for progressive politics. Formerly on the editorial board of New Left Review, she was also on the National Council of the Catalyst think tank.
Hilary Wainwright has written for The Guardian, The Nation, New Statesman, openDemocracy, Jacobin (magazine), Carta, Il Manifesto and El Viejo Topo, as well as appearing as a commentator on the BBC.
- Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy (Seagull books, 2009), ISBN 978-1-905422-60-9
- Public service reform - But not as we know it! (Compass/UNISON, 2009), ISBN 978-0-9560370-5-3
- Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy (Verso books, 2003), ISBN 978-1-85984-689-6
- Arguments for a New Left: Answering the Free-market Right (Blackwell, 1994), ISBN 978-0-631-19191-9
- Labour: A Tale of Two Parties (Hogarth Press/Chatto Windus, London, 1987).
- A Taste of Power: The Politics of Local Economics (Verso books, London, October 1987) [co-edited with Maureen MacIntosh].
- The Lucas Plan: A New Trades Unionism in the Making? (Shocken Books, 1981) (co-authored with David Elliott).
- Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism (Merlin Press, 1980) (co-authored with Sheila Rowbotham and Lynne Segal).
- The Workers Report of Vickers (Pluto Press, 1978) (Co-authored with Huw Benyon).
- Hilary Wainwright's papers at the Labour History Archive and Study Centre
- Hilary Wainwright's profile on the Transnational Institute
- Hilary Wainwright on Twitter
- Red Pepper magazine
- Dutch broadsheet NRC Handelsblad interviews Hilary Wainwright ahead of Dutch 2010 local elections
- Hilary Wainright comments on the Tories' co-ops proposal in the Guardian's Comment Is Free
- interview: Wainwright: 'Don't blame voters for the low turnout,' NRC handelsblad (English edition) (2 March 2010)