Conference Participants

Bob Jessop

Bob JessopBob Jessop is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and the founding co-director (with Ngai-Ling Sum) of the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre at Lancaster University. He was awarded two honorary doctorates from Roskilde University (Denmark) and Malmö University (Sweden). He has worked for many years on theories of the state and state power, critical political economy (including the régulation approach), critical realism, cultural political economy, and questions of governance and governance failure. He held a 3.5-year professorial research fellowship (2010-13) from the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) to study the crisis of crisis-management in relation to the North Atlantic Financial Crisis and its broad-ranging repercussions. He was awarded (with Ngai-Ling Sum) the Gunnar Myrdal Prize by the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economics (EAEPE) for their co-authored book, Beyond the Regulation Approach (2006). Other recent books include: The Future of the Capitalist State (2002), State Power (2007), Towards Cultural Political Economy (co-authored with Ngai-Ling Sum) (2013) and The State: Past, Present, Future (2015).

Ngai Ling-Sum

Ngai-Ling Sum is Reader in Cultural Political Economy in the Politics, Philosophy and Religion Department and the founding co-Director (with Bob Jessop) of the Cultural Political Economy Research Centre in Lancaster University. She has research and teaching interests in regulation approach, cultural political economy, Marx, Gramsci and Foucault; globalization and competitiveness, corporate social responsibility, global retail, BRICs, financial crisis, internationalization of the Renminbi (Chinese currency). She was awarded (with Bob Jessop) the Gunnar Myrdal Prize by the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economics (EAEPE) for their co-authored book, Beyond the Regulation Approach (2006). In 2013, she co-authored with Bob Jessop a companion volume titled Towards a Cultural Political Economy. She publishes in journals like Economy and Society, Critical Policy Studies, Development Dialogue, New Political Economy, Critical Asian Studies, Competition and Change, Capital & Class, Urban Studies, Journal of Knowledge Economy, and Language and Politics as well as book chapters many edited collections.

Jonathan Joseph

Jonathan Joseph joined the Department of Politics at Sheffield University in 2012. He previously spent eight years at the University of Kent and before that taught at Aberystwyth University. After studying Politics and English at Swansea he took a PhD in Philosophy at Southampton University on the topic of hegemony and critical realist philosophy. Since then he has developed an interest in the intersection of philosophy, social theory and international relations. His current work examines this through the concepts of hegemony and governmentality. He is currently developing a critical approach to the idea of resilience and how it is used in international interventions, civil protection and security policies.

Jonathan Joseph is currently a Senior Fellow at Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen.

Borut Rončević

Borut Roncevic is Professor of Sociology and holds Jean Monnet Chair in Cultural Political Economy of Europe 2020 at the Faculty of Information Studies (Novo mesto, Slovenia). His research includes Cultural Political Economy of EU grand strategies and of East European capitalisms and transformations.

Carolyn Cartier

Professor Carolyn CartierCarolyn Cartier, a professor of human geography and China studies at University of Technology, Sydney, specializes in urban and regional transformation in China and comparative urban and spatial theory. She studied in the Department of  Geography at the University of California, Berkeley (AB, MA, PhD), and was a tenured member of the faculty at the University of Southern California before joining UTS China Research Centre in 2009. In 2005-06 she was a Fulbright Fellow in Hong Kong. Current publications focus on administrative divisions and territorial urbanization in China; urban and regional governmentality; urban restructuring and consumer society; and the politics of aesthetics in contested urban culture. Her current book projects are ‘The Geographical Mandate: From Macroregions to Territorial Economies’, a monograph, and an edited collection, ‘Vast Land of Borders: State, Empire and Territory in China’.

Anthony Hesketh

Anthony HeskethAnthony is a Senior Lecturer in the Management School at Lancaster University, Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School, senior advisor on analytics to Ernst & Young and recently named by HR Magazine as one of the profession’s Top Ten Thinkers.  More recently my work has been devoted to investigating alternative theories of value in the accounting and strategy fields with recent projects for the UK Government, Chartered Institute of Accountants and Royal Society of Arts. When I’m not researching or teaching, I’m cycling or running (although you’d never know it on the basis of this [old] photograph).

Jihoon Park

Jihoon ParkJihoon is a doctoral research student in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. He is working on the cultural political economy of South Korea from a variegated capitalism perspective under the supervision of Professor Bob Jessop and Dr Ngai-Ling Sum. He is also a research fellow in the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) at Sogang University (South Korea) where he previously earned his BA (Economics) and MA (Political Science) degrees. Before starting his doctoral research at Lancaster, he worked at the New Progressive Party of South Korea as a policy analyst and at the ISS as a staff member in charge of organising academic conferences.

Keith Patterson

Keith Paterson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology of Aberdeen University. He is also the co-founder of the Aberdeen Political Economy Group since 2014. His doctoral research project is on Towards a Cultural Political Economy of Household Debt in Low to Middle Income  Households. This interdisciplinary project starts from the deployment of institutional ethnography (rooted in Dorothy Smith’s Sociology of People) to the study of household experience of finance and debt as well as the practices of financial institutions, markets and state.

Paul Jones

Paul Jones is a lecturer in Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at Liverpool University. His main research interests fall within the broad area of urban sociology, and have a particular focus on culture and political-economy. His research on sociology of architecture has involved analysis of the political mobilisation of architects and their landmark buildings in periods of social change. His major publication includes a sole-authored book on The Sociology of Architecture (2011) as well as articles in Architecture Theory Review, Urban Studies, Sociology, Rehabilitation and Disability, etc. His article in Sociological Research Online won the 2014 SAGE Prize for Innovation and/or Excellence.

Zeev Rosenhek

Zeev Rosenhek is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel. His main research interests lie in the fields of political and economic sociology, with a particular focus on processes of institutional change and continuity in state-economy relations. He has conducted research on the political economy of the welfare state, labor migration, and the politics of institutionalization of the neoliberal regime in Israel. He is the co-author of The Israeli Central Bank: Political Economy, Global Logics and Local Actors (Routledge, 2011) with Daniel Maman, and has published numerous articles in books and journals. He is currently studying the emergence and dynamics of the institutional field of financial literacy and education in Israel and its interfaces with transnational knowledge and policy networks.