The Bauman Institute for Critical Sociology is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Leeds established 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 work on the social and environmental impact of financial technologies (Davis), prosumerism for the green energy transition (Brown, Davis, Hall), financialization of workplaces (Massó), the hidden writings of Zygmunt Bauman (Brzezinski, Campbell, Davis, Palmer), community participation and emergency planning (Wright, Wallace), ideas of Europe and ‘the West’ in classical and contemporary social theory (Harrington, Palmer), debt, temporality and youth transitions (Cartwright, Davis), and art, politics and urban resistance (Rovisco).
The Bauman Institute is a vehicle for building interdisciplinary collaboration in applied social theory and policy-relevant research in order to generate joint research activities and projects, and to attract research funds and graduate students to the School.
We bring researchers with shared interests together through our workshops, postgraduate forums, our blog of events and activities, and our contributions to wider School, Faculty and University initiatives.
The Bauman Institute
School of Sociology and Social Policy
Rooms 12.42 – 12.44
Social Sciences Building
University of Leeds