The Bauman Institute for Critical Sociology is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Leeds founded by Dr Mark Davis in 2010. We are a group of scholars inspired by the legacy of Professor Zygmunt Bauman at Leeds, whose work we seek to explore and to test against current and emerging global realities.
We have established an international reputation for applied social theory and policy-relevant research through a number of externally funded projects committed to tackling the grand challenges of the twenty-first century.
Core staff are based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and current research includes evaluating: the social and environmental impact of alternative finance (Davis); prosumerism for the green energy transition (Brown, Davis, Hall); the financialization of workplaces (Massó); the hidden writings of Zygmunt Bauman (Brzezinski, Campbell, Davis, Palmer); community participation and emergency planning strategies (Wright, Wallace); ideas of Europe and ‘the West’ in classical and contemporary social theory (Harrington, Palmer); debt, temporality and youth transitions (Davis; Cartwright); and, art, politics and urban resistance (Rovisco; Favell).
The Bauman Institute
School of Sociology and Social Policy
Social Sciences Building
University of Leeds