The seminars are open to all and run throughout the academic year.
These seminars aim to stimulate thought and research activity across the School. Many colleagues within WBS are conducting research on the governance of highly complex arenas of economic life. Governance here is understood broadly, as 'mechanisms and practices through which conduct is regulated'. The domains people are studying are expansive. They involve multiple factors (organisations, instiutions, social movements, national states) interacting at different levels, across space and time. Colleagues are analysing how such complex networks are governed through standards, laws, texts, practices and discources.
An example would be the extraction and marketing of gold, research being undertaken by Juliane Reinecke. How do different factors, such as the World Gold Council, industry groups, companies, social movements and nation states, interact to establish mechanisms and practices that govern the conduct of producers, retailers and customers? Other examples include: the governance of global religious organisations, with a focus on the Jesuits (Jose Bento Da Silva); global value chains (Jimmy Donaghey); the development of global standards, such as fair trade (Juliane Reinecke); the corporate social responsibilty (Camilla Maclean). Across different parts of the department, people are undertaking research studies which interact in often surprising ways. Many of the topics, and even the settings being analysed, overlap.
The seminars will bring these people together, from across WBS, in ways that will hopefully spark new ideas and research initiatives.