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Welcome to the Bauman Institute


The Bauman Institute is an international centre at the University of Leeds dedicated to the promotion of teaching and research in social and critical theory.

Inspired by the legacy of Professor Zygmunt Bauman at Leeds, the Institute gathers scholars based locally, nationally and internationally whose work addresses social and political transformations at a global and planetary scale in the light of classical and contemporary theory.

The Institute also maintains the Janina and Zygmunt Bauman Archive, which is a major depository of their life's work. We organise regular conferences, book launches, lectures and discussion events, as well as supporting the publication of new works related to this living legacy.

The management network of the Institute is drawn from the School of Sociology and Social Policy, and from across the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Leeds. We are joined by a large international advisory network, postgraduate affiliates, and an affiliate membership open to scholars and students worldwide.

Our work comprises of three pillars: the development of the Janina and Zygmunt Bauman Archive and associated legacy events (led by deputy director Jack Palmer and Tom Campbell); support for teaching social and critical theory, and other forms of university and public engagement (led by deputy director Katy Wright and Austin Harrington); and funded and exploratory research projects in applied areas.

These research initiatives comprise of theoretical work on ALTERNATE FUTURES in six areas:  Economy (led by founding director Mark Davis), Arts (led by Maria Rovisco), Populations (led by Ruth Holliday), Mobilities (led by Rodanthi Tzanelli), Environment (led by deputy director Katy Wright), and Democracy (led by Andrew Wallace).

We also support a vibrant community of postgraduate researchers at both doctoral and masters level.

Contact Us

Write to: Prof. Mark Davis