The Markets and Society Research Network brings together social scientists whose research interests concern the relationship between markets and society, including: the social foundations of markets; the regulation of markets; the social effects of markets; and the shifting boundaries between the state, private sector, and civil society.

In recognition of the need to challenge orthodox conceptions of markets at a time of increasing ‘marketisation’, the organising theme of the Markets and Society Network is ‘Contesting Markets’. This contestation of orthodox conceptions includes critical examination of the role and nature of markets, the legitimate scope of markets as well as investigations of markets as sites of contestation.

The Markets and Society Research Network hosts forums and encourages research collaborations between social scientists working within in these areas.