"Homes, Bubbles and Housing Markets"

Joint Symposium with the Financialisation Working Group
November 2010

Further details to follow shortly

"Contesting Markets"


Thursday 30 September – Friday 1 October

Fred Block, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Davis
Dr Elizabeth McFall, Sociology, Open University, UK

Market-based solutions continue to be proposed for an increasing number of social issues: from climate change, to the provision of welfare, childcare, health and education. At the same time, markets seem to be playing an increasingly important role in people’s everyday lives – such as superannuation, financial planning, housing etc. The phenomenon of marketisation is now well known and recognised. Yet despite recent financial turbulence, this reliance upon markets, and the acceptance of a market logic more generally, remain relatively uncontested.

The two-day symposium will provide the opportunity for critical reflection upon the nature of markets and marketisation – an opportunity to contest orthodox accounts of how markets function, how they are constituted and to explore the logics and operation of actually existing markets and the prospects for alternatives. It is anticipated that the operation of specific markets will be explored (e.g. the market for pollution permits, the market for education, the labour market etc) as well as more general issues to do with the nature of markets and commodification.

The program with presenter and venue details can be found here.

Places are limited so to ensure your place please register here.

"Gender and Economy"

3 September
Joint Seminar with the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies
Speakers: Professor Katherine Gibson, Dr Fiona Allon
Chair: Professor Gabrielle Meagher
Discussant: Dr Stuart Rosewarne

Further details to follow shortly

Launch of Three Books By Members of the Markets and Society Research Network

The Department of Government and International Relations and the Politics Society would like to invite you to attend the launching of three books from scholars in the Department of Government and International Relations: Assoc Prof Lily Rahim (Singapore in the Malay World), Susan Park (World Bank Group Interactions with Environmentalists) and Dr John Mikler (Greening the Car Industry: Varieties of Capitalism and Climate Change).

The book launch will take place on Monday evening May 31 from 5-7pm in the Sutherland Room of the Holme Building. The event is catered with drinks and finger food. Three speakers will introduce the books and the books will be available for purchase at a discounted rate on the evening.

Please RSVP to