About Us

The Bauman Institute for Critical Sociology is an interdisciplinary research centre with an international reputation for applied social theory and policy-relevant research.

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Projects

Our research includes: Alternative Finance for the Climate Emergency; Ideas of Europe and ‘the West’ in Social Theory; Community Participation and Emergency Planning; Art, Politics and Urban Protest.

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Bauman Archive

We are working with professional archivists to collate, index, and make available to the public a vast and unique body of hitherto unseen material to develop a complete portrait of Bauman’s work.

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I happen to believe that questions are hardly ever wrong; it is the answers that might be so. I also believe, though, that refraining from questioning is the worst answer of all

Zygmunt Bauman

Spotlights

PROSEU is a Horizon 2020 funded project through which we are working with partners in 11 EU countries to assess new business models and innovative finance solutions for Europe's green energy transition.
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In a context of deep austerity, Financing for Society assesses investment-based crowdfunding as a new model of finance for UK public bodies tasked with delivering some of the most urgent social and environment infrastructure our communities need. Might a new Community Municipal Bond empower the regions through citizen-led finance?
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To be eligible for the Janina Bauman Prize, the MA Dissertation must address an area of “significant ethical or moral relevance”, which was a concern of Janina Bauman’s own writing.
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News, Events and Blog

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With on-going uncertainties concerning safety and travel restrictions, we have taken the decision to cancel our 'Postcolonial Bauman' Conference.

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The Another Europe podcast interviewed Mark Davis and Bruce Davis about their work to democratise our economy through the public launch of Community Municipal Investments (CMIs) that were created through research at Leeds.

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The first of a new book series by Polity will for the very first time published previously unknown works of Zygmunt Bauman discovered through the Archives project at the Bauman Institute.

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Sherif Youssef tackles the emerging shift from material currencies to a brave new world of digital finance in a new article published by Discover Society.

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A symposium at the University of Leeds Please see the Call for Papers if you wish to take part in...

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A training workshop to learn how investment-based crowdfunding can be used to support public sector project delivery, and gain a better understanding of local donation-based crowdfunding.

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This transdisciplinary symposium will mark the second anniversary of the death of this renowned and internationally influential sociologist and cultural...

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A buffet lunch plus tea and coffee will be provided. In an age of financial crisis and fiscal austerity, can...

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To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Zygmunt Bauman’s Modernity and the Holocaust (1989), two events were held in the week...

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On Tuesday this week, NESTA and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance published “Pushing Boundaries”, their latest annual report on...

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Driving FinTech in Manchester Wednesday 30th September, Barclays RISE Manchester Innovate Finance is an industry-backed body aiming to promote the...

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Pathfinders, ICAEW Great Hall, London, Friday 25th September 2015 Responsible, democratic and fair: how many of us think those words can be reasonably...

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