News from CRESC

Below you can see the latest news from CRESC.  Click on the title of a news item for more details.

2014

2013

  • Mon, 16/12/2013
    The relationship between culture and diaspora has been widely explored in the context of post-colonial texts in which the ‘empire writes back’ and re-assesses the relationship between ‘centre’ and ‘...
  • Wed, 11/12/2013
    Marie Gillespie has a piece featured in the ESRC's Britain in 2014 titled “What will be Future of the World Service as it comes under the licence fee in April 2014?”, based on the research in her...
  • Thu, 05/12/2013
    Karel William's wrote a piece in the Guardian on 5th December 2013 on the future of investment in infrastructure in the UK. To read the article please click here
  • Mon, 25/11/2013
    Manchester University Press presents two major new titles tonight at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation: Culture in Manchester edited by Janet Wolff and Mike Savage, and...
  • Tue, 19/11/2013
    Marie Gillespie and Alban Webb reponsed to a 'Call for Evidence' which was formally accepted to the House of Lords Committe on Soft Power and the UK's influence, set up on 16th May 2013. Their role...
  • Tue, 19/11/2013
    Vron analyses recent figures from MoD showing proportion of BMEs following the decision to stop recruiting Commonwealth citizens. In view of a predictable shortfall in recruiting new British...
  • Fri, 15/11/2013
    The Open University in Camden will hold the book Launch for Mark Banks (cresc), Rosalind Gill (City University, London) and Stephanie Taylor (Open University) (eds) titled Theorizing Cultural Work:...
  • Tue, 12/11/2013
    During a recent visit to Shanghai, Fiona presented some reflections on class analysis at Shanghai University. Fiona was invited by a former PhD student, Meng Chen, to talk about her work in this area...
  • Fri, 08/11/2013
    On Friday 8th November over 160 people attended the CRESC-organised event, ‘Class matters: understanding inequalities in Contemporary Britain’.  The evening took place as part of the Economic...
  • Fri, 08/11/2013
    The Launch of 'Social Media and Religious Change' book edited by Marie Gillespie, David Herbert and Anita Grenhill was held at the New Book Reception at Society for the Scientific Study of Religion(...
  • Mon, 04/11/2013
    CRESC research made the front page of the Guardian when Aditya Chakraborrtty (link to article here) wrote up a story around some of our data on the distribution of output between regions...
  • Mon, 14/10/2013
    After fifteen years, the MoD has recently re-instated the five-year residency requirement for Commonwealth citizens seeking to join the British armed forces. Thus the practice of recruiting migrant...
  • Thu, 26/09/2013
    This book considers the state of the city and contemporary urbanisation from a range of intellectual and international perspectives. The most interdisciplinary collection of its kind Provides a...
  • Fri, 20/09/2013
    Alban Webb and Marie Gillespie were invited to present evidence to the BBC Trust consultation on the 'Governance of the BBC World Service, via an Operating Licence; on 20th September 2013. ...
  • Wed, 11/09/2013
  • Tue, 03/09/2013
    Fiona Devine recently gave two presentations to international audiences highlighting research from CRESC theme 5: Trajectories of Participation and Inequality. Fiona was invited to contribute to a...
  • Sun, 01/09/2013
    The train operators have countered CRESC’s Great Train Robbery, a critical TUC sponsored research report. Richard Branson defended Virgin’s record in a Guardian column and ATOC, the train operators’...
  • Sun, 21/07/2013
    The UK has lost much of its manufacturing. But it retains its 'Foundational Economy'. This is the network of institutions and employees that work in health, education and welfare, and in 'mundane'...
  • Fri, 12/07/2013
    How do elites set agendas? What is left undisclosed when those agendas are being set? How does this relate to political debate, decision making and action? How do political elites relate to business...
  • Wed, 26/06/2013
    The Finnish newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat, has devised a class calculator similar to the one CRESC researchers have been involved with for the BBC. In fact they cite the BBC class calculator as a...
  • Mon, 24/06/2013
    The debate about railway finances rumbles on. Richard Branson defends the record of Virgin Trains by saying that the turnaround rests on the hard work of his train operating company. But there's an...
  • Sat, 22/06/2013
    It's not too late to book a place at the day workshop on 'Knowing Materials' at the OU in Camden on Friday 28th June. For full details see http://www.cresc.ac.uk/events/stones-sand-plants-a-day-...
  • Fri, 14/06/2013
    The CRESC Annual Conference provisional schedule is now available. You'll find it here. http://www.cresc.ac.uk/events/cresc-annual-conference/registration-accommodation-and-conference-timetable.
  • Thu, 06/06/2013
    Rail privatisation promised to reduce public subsidy and bring in private investment but has failed on both counts according to a new TUC commissioned research report from the CRESC.  For the...
  • Mon, 03/06/2013
    We are now advertising a nine-month maternity cover position for a Research Associate to join the 'Infrastructures of Social Change' research theme. Further details about the job can be found at http...
  • Sat, 01/06/2013
    The CRESC Conference (London, 4th-6th September) has attracted a large number of excellent paper submissions, so we're expanding the venue to cope with the demand. Very strong streams and panels...
  • Fri, 31/05/2013
    John Law is a plenary speaker at the UCL Environment Institute's Inaugural Annual Conference, 'Responding to Environmental Complexity: A Showcase of UCL Research.' The conference is a two day event (...
  • Fri, 24/05/2013
    We've had such an enthusiastic response to the call for papers and so many exciting submissions for the CRESC Annual Conference on In/Vulnerabilities that we're expanding the meeting to cope with the...
  • Thu, 16/05/2013
    The deadline for submitting papers for the CRESC Annual Conference on In/Vulnerabilities is now past. There are many excellent submissions. If you missed the deadline and still want to submit a paper...
  • Thu, 18/04/2013
    CRESC now has its own Twitter account @CRESC4. Please follow us for updates on conferences, workshops, jobs and news.
  • Wed, 03/04/2013
    There are seven social classes in Britain, not three, say Mike Savage and Fiona Devine describing the results of the BBC's Great British Class Survey. 160,000 people filled in the on-line...
  • Sun, 10/03/2013
    CRESC’s John Law has been working with Oslo anthropologist Marianne Lien on the farm in a long-term ethnography of fish farming. This has led us to think about nature and to pose an old question:...
  • Tue, 05/03/2013
    Do you want to present a paper or organise a panel at the CRESC Annual Conference on In/vulnerabilities? The deadline is May 13th. Please check out our Conference web page.
  • Sun, 17/02/2013
    CRESC is continuing to support Vron Ware's important work on the military. Building on her existing work, she's won a small award to prepare a bid to examine the effect of military organisations on...
  • Sat, 09/02/2013
    Andy Haldane, Executive Director of Financial Stability at the Bank of England, will give a CRESC public lecture on September 5th in London during the CRESC Annual Conference on In/...
  • Thu, 10/01/2013
    CRESC's John Law participated in the launch event of the Berlin Haus der Kulturen der Welt's two year programme, 'the Anthropocene Project'. This was a major three-day event of public performances,...
  • Sat, 05/01/2013
    Congratulations to Michelle Bastian, who will be heading up a team exploring the link between shifting experiences of time and alternative economies that is being funded by the AHRC Care for the...
  • Thu, 03/01/2013
    Congratulations to CRESC Senior Research Fellow, Dr Evelyn Ruppert! Evelyn has been appointed Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and will be taking up her new...

2012

  • Thu, 11/10/2012
    The CRESC Annual Conference 2013 is on In/vulnerabilties. It's from 4th-6th September 2013. Please visit our Conference website for further details.
  • Tue, 03/07/2012
    CRESC's Sophie Watson discussed David Harvey's new book Rebel Cities on BBC Radio 4's Thnking Allowed on Wednesday 4th July at 4.00. 
  • Tue, 08/05/2012
    CRESC and the Whitworth Art Gallery have joined forces to develop a programme of activities for Manchester schools in support of our 2012 annual conference, ‘Promises: Crisis and Socio-Cultural...
  • Mon, 30/04/2012
    Three CRESC members recently participated in a unique event - a joint inaugural lecture! Professors Marie Gillespie, Elzabeth Sliva and Kath Woodward, all in Sociology at the Open University, talked...
  • Sun, 26/02/2012
    Charisma: Consumer Market Studies Charisma goes live! Charisma is a newly launched site which is a companion project to CRESC and the Journal of Cultural Economy and aims to act...
  • Mon, 06/02/2012
    A multi-disciplinary team led by CRESC Senior Research Fellow Dr Andrew Miles has been awarded £1.5 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a five-year research project under its...
  • Sun, 22/01/2012
    As part of the development of the new cross-council research theme 'Connected Communities' the AHRC has funded a number of Pilot Demonstrator Projects aimed at showcasing its distinctive approach....

2011

  • Sun, 18/12/2011
    An article by CRESC's Wendy Bottero has been chosen by the British Sociological Association for inclusion in its Articles in British Sociology: BSA 60th Anniversary Special Collection. Wendy's...
  • Wed, 14/12/2011
    Clusters, Voices and Urban Words: Artists at Work in Regeneration  What is the role of the artist in urban regeneration? This question was explored at a seminar event entitled Art, Work and...
  • Mon, 28/11/2011
    CRESC’s ‘Social life of Methods’ theme has announced three events on ‘How methods move’ in 2012. Distinguished speakers from within and beyond CRESC with reflect critically on their own experience of...
  • Mon, 28/11/2011
    CRESC is working with the BBC World Service on 'Generation 2012', an exciting initiative with a group of young citizen journalists between 15 and 21 who live close to the Olympic Park in London....
  • Sun, 27/11/2011
    After the Great Complacence is an account of the first phase of the financial crisis. Nominated by in the Guardian by Paul Mason as one of his five economics books of 2011, Mason writes: "With...
  • Tue, 22/11/2011
    The Keynote line-up for our 2012 Annual Conference on Promises has been announced. Speakers include Barbara Adam (Social Sciences, Cardiff University), Robert Boyer (ENS, Paris), ...
  • Sun, 20/11/2011
    CRESC's new book After the Great Complacence: Financial Crisis and the Politics of Reform was published in September. Now the authors have summarised the argument in a new CRESC Working Paper,...
  • Fri, 11/11/2011
    Madeleine Reeves, a research fellow at CRESC, has featured in a discussion show  on the growth of the far right in Russia and the illegalisation of migrant labour.  http://stream.aljazeera....
  • Thu, 27/10/2011
    Professor Fiona Devine recently participated in the University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas (Exploring the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for Free).  She gave a talk on the BBC’s Great...
  • Sat, 22/10/2011
    Allan Cochrane, Professor of Urban Studies at the Open University,  has been awarded a £314550 grant by the ESRC (ES/I038632/1) as Principle Investigator,  to work with Bob Colenutt (...
  • Tue, 04/10/2011
    We are pleased to announce the final result of the CRESC Framing the City Conference competition. Winners of the Creative Writing Competition are as follows: First prize goes to Sarah Butler for her...
  • Mon, 18/07/2011
    In today's Financial Times, columnist Tony Jackson explores the decision to award the new Thameslink train contract to Siemens rather than Bombardier. In debating the new CRESC Report Knowing What to...
  • Tue, 12/07/2011
    CRESC has released a new Pubic Interest Report: Knowing What to Do? How not to Build Trains. This argues that the UK government's June 2011 decision to award the contract for new Thameslink trains to...
  • Sun, 10/07/2011
    Conference at the Institute of Communications Studies, Leeds 7-8 July CRESC in conjunction with ICS held a two-day international conference exploring aspects of ethics, moral economy and cultural...
  • Thu, 07/07/2011
    In the month of June Urban Experiments held its first two cross cutting theme workshops on city cultures and on city materialities. Stimulating discussion took place around a group of papers which at...
  • Sun, 19/06/2011
    The New Blackwell Companion to the City, edited by Gary Bridge and CRESC's Sophie Watson is reviewed in today's Observer by architecture critic, Rowan Moore, todether wth Living in the Endless...
  • Thu, 16/06/2011
    The seminar is aimed at policy-makers, journalists, academics and students. It is organised by Birkbeck College’s Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life in partnership with the...
  • Wed, 15/06/2011
    A two day conference on THURSDAY 7th and FRIDAY 8th July 2011, at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. Organised by The Media Industries Research Centre, ICS, Leeds and...
  • Thu, 09/06/2011
    CRESC's new working paper, City State against National Settlement: UK Economic Policy after the Financial Crisis, has just been released. Critical of the coalition government's fiscal policy, it...
  • Tue, 24/05/2011
    We're happy to announce that the CRESC blog now has space for (moderated) comments. Many thanks to our web developer, Jack Latimer for this upgrade. Please check it out and tell us what you think....
  • Mon, 23/05/2011
    Professor Sophie Watson was recently  interviewed on Thinking Allowed by Laurie Taylor on the issues explored in her newly edited book: The New Companion to the City (with Gary Bridge), which...
  • Mon, 16/05/2011
    This event is one in a series of CRESC workshops which bring into inter-disciplinary conversation scholars whose research focus is social class and post-industrial/post-colonial politics in...
  • Wed, 04/05/2011
    CRESC ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2011: ‘FRAMING THE CITY’ CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION  Call for Entries CRESC and the Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester are pleased to...
  • Fri, 01/04/2011
    We would like first of all to offer all those who took part in this year's first ever CRESC Photography Competition our very sincere thanks. The standard was incredibly high and we were...
  • Fri, 01/04/2011
    The What Is Black British Jazz? research team based at The Open University is presenting a panel of four papers  at these venues: Rutgers University, Wednesday 13 April, 4 - 6.30pm: ...
  • Thu, 24/03/2011
    Penny Harvey and Evelyn Ruppert blog about census categories, the realities that don't quite fit those categories, and the negotiations that lead to them.
  • Thu, 24/03/2011
    John Law, on what insects might have to do with the social life of method They asked me to review a book: Hugh Raffles’ Insectopedia. (New York, Pantheon, 2010). Raffles is an anthropologist and his...
  • Mon, 21/03/2011
    We are now inviting applications for a two day residential workshop on the interconnections between time and community. The workshop is funded by the AHRC as part of the new cross-council research...
  • Wed, 16/03/2011
    CONFERENCE REPORT Encountering Markets: consumers, credit and devices 10-12 March 2011, Copenhagen Business School Convenors: Liz McFall (Open University, UK); Paul du Gay (Copenhagen Business...
  • Fri, 04/03/2011
    The annual CRESC lecture at SOAS in London given by Professor Andrew Ross from New York University attracted an audience of around 100 people from across the UK. Andrew  Ross, who is Professor...
  • Thu, 03/03/2011
    Will the UK's 2011 Census be the last? CRESC's Social Life of Method researcher, Evelyn Ruppert reviews the pros and cons of the digital alternatives in an OU OpenLearn think-piece, and in an article...
  • Thu, 24/02/2011
    CRESC Senior Research Fellow Andrew Miles has been awarded £12,000 by the AHRC under the Connected Communities Project Development Scheme to develop a large-grant application for a study entitled ‘...
  • Tue, 22/02/2011
    Professor Sophie Watson has been invited by the "Urban Culture and Public Space" (SKuOR) of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at the Technical University Vienna to take up a City of Vienna...
  • Fri, 11/02/2011
    Committee room 10 at the House of Commons was packed on Thursday 10th February 2011 for the CRESC and NPEN co-organised debate on ‘How shall We Rebuild the British Economy’. CRESC co-...
  • Thu, 03/02/2011
    In a new blog entry Evelyn Ruppert reports on 'sociomic' methods: the business of compiling and analysing complete social datasets. Is this 'cultronomics' replacing good old fashioned social science...
  • Mon, 31/01/2011
    Gemma John and Annabel Pinker joined CRESC in January and will be contributing to the Topologies of Social Change research theme. Dr John's previous work focused on Freedom of...
  • Mon, 24/01/2011
    Madeleine Reeves writes in Open Democracy about the official report into last year's violence in Kyrgyzstan, arguing that it is poorly researched, political, overly assertive, and leaves as many...
  • Thu, 20/01/2011
    "What JCB's yellow digger tells us about our manufacturing malaise". In today's G2 Adita Chakrabortty uses CRESC's Rebalancing the Economy Working Paper in a major piece on manufacturing and...

2010

  • Fri, 17/12/2010
    John Law, CRESC director, gave a plenary at a day conference on December 17th at the Ecole des Mines de Paris. The workshop, Debordements: une journée scientifique en l'honneur de Michel Callon,...
  • Thu, 16/12/2010
    Our latest working paper, on 'Digital Devices: nine theses', co-authored by Mike Savage, Evelyn Ruppert and John Law, has now been published, and is available for download.
  • Thu, 09/12/2010
    Alban Webb, a CRESC OU Research Fellow, was among speakers at a Commonwealth Journalists' Association meeting on 'BBC World Service: Death by a Thousand Cuts? Alban explored the new funding...
  • Mon, 06/12/2010
    CRESC Senior Research Fellow Andrew Miles and Theme 5 Affiliate Member Abigail Gilmore from Manchester’s Institute for Cultural Practices attended a three-day AHRC Research Development Workshop in...
  • Fri, 03/12/2010
    CRESC's Gillian Evans chaired a public meeting at the University of East London Dockland's Campus on Thursday 2nd December 2010 on 'How can the sporting legacy of the London2012 Games deliver lasting...
  • Wed, 24/11/2010
    This joint CRESC/Institute for Cultural Practices seminar took place on 24 November 2010 as part of the dissemination of  the Department for Culture Media & Sport's prestigious CASE (Culture...
  • Tue, 23/11/2010
    CRESC Researchers, Dr Andy Miles and Dr Niamh Moore, along with Professor Mike Savage (University of York) will team up with colleagues at the internationally-renowned Institute of Transport Studies...
  • Mon, 08/11/2010
    A report written by CRESC Senior Research Fellow Andrew Miles and Alice Sullivan from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education on  'Understanding the relationship between...
  • Mon, 01/11/2010
    CRESC researcher, Niamh Moore, in collaborations with colleagues at a number of other universities, has been successful in gaining funding from the cross-council Connected Communities research...
  • Fri, 01/10/2010
    We're sorry to be losing Mike from CRESC. He's just moved to York, where he's accepted the post of Professor of Sociology. We wish him well in his new home! Mike has been central to the CRESC effort...
  • Thu, 23/09/2010
    CRESC Senior Research Fellow Andrew Miles was the Guest Lecturer in the first meeting of Leeds Metropolitan University’s Knowledge Exchange Network on participation and engagement in the arts, which...
  • Thu, 09/09/2010
    At the CRESC Annual conference in Oxford at the end of August, CRESC was delighted to welcome a pre-event day doctoral workshop on 'Overflows: Flows, Doings, Edges'. The approach came from a network...
  • Wed, 28/07/2010
    12-13 July 2010,  Manchester The conference was a great success, with demand for places exceeding our plans, with over 55 participants, so it was good to see how much interest the event...
  • Wed, 16/06/2010
    Will Hutton's Channel 4 Dispatches programme, How the Banks won which went out on June 14th, used extensive research drawn on CRESC Working Paper 75 on Undisclosed and...
  • Tue, 11/05/2010
    CRESC RCUK fellow Dr Reeves writes in the London Review of Books about the Revolution in Kyrgyzstan. "There is an eerie thrill to be had from walking through the home of a deposed president....
  • Fri, 02/04/2010
    Professor John Law has joined CRESC. Following Tony Bennett's departure, John has moved from Lancaster to the Chair of Sociology at the Open University. He'll be working closely with OU colleagues...

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