Early Career Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick
Associate Editor, Journal of Cultural Economy
Winner, Jean Blondel PhD Prize for best PhD thesis in Politics submitted throughout Europe (2018)
Organising Committee Member, Warwick Critical Finance Group
- International Political Economy
- Political Ethics
- Everyday Politics of Finance (especially debt and credit)
- Democratic Theory and Economic Citizenship
- Digital Economy and Data Politics
Dr Lauren Tooker is Early Career Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies and Department of Politics and International Studies. Lauren specialises in everyday and cultural approaches to political economy and political ethics. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy and has published on the everyday politics of debt and credit and the digital turn in social finance.
In 2018, her doctoral research was awarded the Jean Blondel PhD Prize for the best thesis in politics submitted throughout Europe, as judged by ECPR, the European Consortium for Political Research. Her current book project examines the democratic potential and limits of new forms of debt resistance in the afterlives of the global financial crisis. Her latest research project examines the contemporary turn to digital technologies and data politics to secure financial relationships between citizens and the state.
2018. ‘Experiments in Relational Finance: Harnessing the Social in Everyday Debt and Credit’, Theory, Culture & Society (lead author; with Chris Clarke)
2018. ‘Social Finance Meets Financial Innovation: Contemporary Experiments in Payments, Money and Debt’, Theory, Culture & Society [Introduction to guest edited Special Section] (with Chris Clarke)
2018. ‘Technologies of Relational Finance’, Special Section of Theory, Culture & Society. Guest edited by Chris Clarke and Lauren Tooker. Contributors: Chris Clarke, Nigel Dodd, Bill Maurer, Scott Mainwaring, Taylor Nelms, Lana Swartz, Lauren Tooker
2016. ‘The Pragmatics of Payment: Adventures in First-Person Economy with Bill Maurer, Journal of Cultural Economy 9(3): 337-345 (with Bill Maurer)
Fellowships, Funding and Awards
ECPR Jean Blondel PhD Prize for best thesis in politics, 2018
Early Career Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, 2017 – 2018
Visiting Scholar, New School for Social Research, New York City, 2014 – 2015 Spring Term
Warwick Transatlantic Fellow, Humanities Research Center, University of Warwick, 2014 – 2015
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellow, US Social Science Research Council, 2013 – 2014
GEM Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Research Fellow, European Commission, 2012 – 2015
Teaching and Public Engagement
Lauren regularly speaks on finance and debt at public events and participates in an action research collective working on the same topics. She has taught nine modules in International Political Economy, Security Studies, Politics and Critical Business Studies and emphasises imaginative and critical thinking, example-based learning, and formative feedback in her teaching practice.