Perspectives on Economy and Austerity

Start time: 09:00 / End time: 17:00 / Date: 04 Dec 2015 / Venue: The Quaker Meeting House, School Lane

Open to: Any UOL students / Any UOL staff

Type: Seminar

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information contact Dr Claes Belfrage at

Website: http://

About the event

On 4th December we will be holding a one day conference event showcasing the broad range of research related to the themes of economy and austerity, with papers considering both the everyday experiences and the broader impacts of state and corporate policies.

In addition to sociologists and economists from the University, speakers are drawn from departments as varied as Classics, Geography, Law and Communication and Media, with external keynote speeches by Professor Imogen Tyler (Lancaster) and Dr Cedric Durand (Paris XIII) analysing the cultural and political construction of ‘common sense’ around austerity and considering the politics of associated governance regimes.

Provisional Timetable:

9-9:30 Coffee

9:30-9:45 Claes Belfrage (ULMS) and Paul Jones (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology)

9:45-10:45 Keynote

Imogen Tyler (University of Lancaster) – “Benefits broods: the cultural and political crafting of anti-welfare commonsense”

10:45-11:15 Coffee

11:15-12:15 Historical Cases and Reflections

Zosia Archibald (ACE) – “Economy, Austerity and Gender in Classical antiquity”

John Davies (ACE) – “Morality and Austerity in the Ancient World”

Peter North (Geography) - “Austerity responses in Liverpool: a historical perspective”

12:15-13:00 Sandwich Lunch

13:00-14:00 Cedric Durand (University of Paris – XIII) - “Austerity and the Disintegration of Europe”

14:00-15:00 Austerity and Regulation

Claes Belfrage (ULMS) - “Affectivities of crisis and recovery: insights from Iceland”

Firat Cengiz (Law) - “European legitimacy of austerity policies at European level”

Rob Knox (Law) - “The political economy of law”

John Sturzaker (Planning) - “Town planning in an age of austerity”

15:00-15:30 Coffee

15:30-16:45 Policies of Austerity

Daniela Tepe-Belfrage (SPERI, University of Sheffield) - “The private is private: austerity measures against poor women lifestyles”

Alex Balch (Politics) - “Immigration and Austerity in the UK”

Paul Jones and Michael Mair (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology) - “Supermarkets, PFI and localism”

Sarah Nadin (ULMS) - “Class based experiences of work: Enterprise culture and the ‘obsolescence’ of class”

16:45-17:00 Concluding Plenary and Discussion of Plans for Continued Discussion

Claes Belfrage and Paul Jones

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