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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: money and consumerism, ethics and social responsibility, new technologies and data, as well as resistance and power in ‘liquid modernity’.

We are committed to offering research-led teaching for our students through two Masters Programmes and our linked 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.

For further information, please explore our website or contact us at:


Community Resilience: Investigating Social and Economic Sustainability

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

Building upon our interests in ‘shared social responsibility’ and the ‘social life of money’, the CRISES project aims to explore the concept of ‘community resilience’ at three levels:

  1. theoretically,
  2. as an emerging policy framework and
  3. as it is experienced ‘on the ground’, which we will explore through ethnographic fieldwork.

Read more about the project

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