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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 9th-13th September 2019. First a two-day symposium in Leeds organised by the Bauman Institute; and then a special panel at the 17th Polish Sociological Congress in Wrocław organised with our friends at PAN. These were the latest in a series of ‘legacy’ activities inaugurated by the University of Leeds after...

On Tuesday this week, NESTA and the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance published “Pushing Boundaries”, their latest annual report on the state of alternative finance in the UK. Their earlier reports established this as the single most authoritative source of data on the sector in the UK (despite some competitors). What...

Driving FinTech in Manchester Wednesday 30th September, Barclays RISE Manchester Innovate Finance is an industry-backed body aiming to promote the UK as the world centre of “FinTech” – the merger of technology and finance. Founded by companies new and old, from digital currency businesses to IBM and Mastercard, it has...

Pathfinders, ICAEW Great Hall, London, Friday 25th September 2015 Responsible, democratic and fair: how many of us think those words can be reasonably applied to the global financial system? Not many, I would guess. Yet finding a path from today’s crisis, to a financial system that lives up to that description, is the...

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the launch of Mark Fisher and Jeremy Gilbert’s relatively new policy document for Compass last Saturday, hosted by the Bauman Institute in The Tetley, Leeds. Two initial, if not superfluous, points: since I left Leeds, the old Tetley building has become something...

There is a great deal of debate and concern about the future capacity of our energy infrastructure to meet our energy needs, as well as about the need to develop ‘greener’ and more sustainable forms of energy production to reduce carbon emissions and to try to contribute to tackling climate change.

A collection of photographs of Swansea taken during the fieldwork for the CRISES project