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Welcome to the Bauman Institute

Dr Mark Davis

Dr Mark Davis
Director of the Bauman Institute

The Bauman Institute is an international research and teaching centre dedicated to analysing major social change around the world. Inspired by the sociological imagination of Leeds' Emeritus Professor, Zygmunt Bauman, our primary research interests are: monies, markets, and moralities; power and resistance; time and new technologies; as well as sociology of capitalism and modernity. We are currently investigating ‘local economic resilience’ through funded research into both ‘democratic finance’ (FITTER project) and the ‘social impact of local energy developments’ (SLED project). We are committed to offering research-led teaching for our students through two Masters Programmes and our linked Public Seminar Series that contribute to the already vibrant academic community within the School of Sociology and Social Policy here at Leeds.

We currently offer MA Social and Political Thought and MA International Social Transformation, which will be of particular interest to anyone with an interest in new ideas and critical thinking across the humanities and social sciences.

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Social Impacts of Local Energy Developments (SLED): A case study of Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay

Started in February 2013, the SLED research project will explore ‘community resilience’ through an ethnographic case study of a community-owned renewable energy project in Swansea Bay.

There is a pressing need to develop new energy infrastructure in the UK to meet low carbon targets and future energy needs/security. But what role is played by local people in terms of consultation and input, and to what extent do they benefit from local energy infrastructure developments? How do communities perceive and engage with private sector developers and projects, and how are local preferences balanced with national needs and commercial interests?

Read more about the project

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    Seminar – Get It Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics

    Thursday 23 April, 5 - 6.30pm, Room 12.21 Social Sciences Building.
    Author and journalist Zoe Williams brings together all the arguments that occupy the current political landscape and shows us that on all levels, it’s lunacy to be anything other than left-wing unless you’re actually already an oligarch. She offers us the debate in a truly entertaining way – and provides a road map for a better future that will be a major part of the debate in the run up to the election in May.

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    The Social Impact of Local Energy Developments: Our research on Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay

    The tidal power scheme proposed for Swansea Bay (Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay) has been in the news today due to the government’s announcement that it is discussing subsidising the ambitious £1bn project. Our research has used the tidal lagoon as a case study for exploring the social and economic impact of local energy infrastructure, and the role of local communities in energy developments.

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