CRESC's mission is to understand how socio-cultural processes relate to our awareness and experience of technological innovation, economic instability and social inequality.

We work on contemporary social and cultural change in finance, the media, cities, engineering, participation and inequality. Our work is empirical, theoretical, interdisciplinary, methodological, and historical.

We argue that change is complex, and that simple accounts of change don’t work. We work theoretically and empirically to trace subtle processes of transformation, and assume that the devil is in the detail.

We trace the empirical and theoretical complexities of social and cultural change in finance, the media, cities, technologies and social exclusions. We also study the social implications of social research methods.

Academic staff and Post doctoral researchers from any University are invited to become a Visiting Research Fellow based at CRESC at either The University of Manchester or The OU. 

Our widely-cited books, articles, working papers and reports reshape intellectual and policy agendas. Our work delivers theoretically rigorous and critical empirical research on social and cultural change.

CRESC has offices at both the University of Manchester and the Open University

We're core funded by the ESRC. Our executive includes researchers and directors from Manchester and the OU. Our Advisory Board includes academics and representatives from key organisations.