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Founded in 2010 in recognition of the critical sociology of Leeds’s Emeritus Professor Zygmunt Bauman, our work cuts across various disciplines including sociology, social policy, political science, heterodox economics, as well as media and cultural studies.

We aim to be a home for stimulating intellectual debate across the social sciences, arts, and humanities in order to achieve new critical and empirical perspectives on contemporary social, economic and political life.

We are heavily involved in the teaching of sociology on the BA Sociology programme and lead the MA Social and Political Thought programme, which offers the competitive Janina Bauman Prize for our best MA Dissertation each year.

To stay up to date with our latest news, research, and events, please follow us on Twitter, or check the School website for further details.


Bauman Institute Highlights

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Our FITTER research project will provide the UK’s first sociologically-informed analysis of alternative finance, with specific regard to economic resilience.

Read more about the project here

Janina Bauman Prize

Following a wonderful donation by the Bauman family, the Bauman Institute has established a prestigious award entitled the Janina Bauman Prize.

The award is given for the very best Dissertation submitted by a postgraduate student who is registered on either of the two Masters programmes offered by the Bauman Institute.

The successful candidate receives a sum of £1000.00 as a single payment.

Click here for more information and to see our previous winners.

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