ESRC Funded Seminar Series Event: Civil Society and Democracy in the Economic Arena

Professor Alison Harcourt to talk at CASS Business School Seminar advancing new democratic views of the economic sphere

The seminar will bring together academics and practitioners to discuss diverse avenues, strategies, and themes through which civil society is advancing new democratic views of the economic sphere, and to critically discuss opportunities, struggles, and normative challenges. In particular, the discussions will consider the democratic promise of radical transformations at the interface of the economy, civil society, and technology, particularly those heralding alternative views of the global commons such as the sharing economy and digital currencies.


Confirmed speakers:

  • Alison Harcourt, Professor in Politics, University of Exeter
  • Iulian Circo, Co-founder
  • Harmen van Sprang, Co-founder ShareNL
  • Anna Coote, Principal Fellow, New Economics Foundation
  • Peter Bloom, Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies, Open University
  • Adrian Pabst, Lecturer in Politics, University of Kent
  • Robert Herian, Lecturer in Law, Open University


This seminar is the sixth event of an ESRC-funded seminar series titled ‘Civil Society Strategies for Democratic Renewal’, involving academics, civil activists, and politicians to reflect on how civil contentious strategies of the twenty-first century – from mass assemblages and public space occupations, to art interventions and digital campaigns – can contribute to improving, strengthening or renewing democratic vitality. This project is organised by a team of academics based in UK, led by Prof. Matthew Flinders at the University of Sheffield.

If you would like to attend, please email by 24 November 2017.

Limited funding is available to support the participation of PhD students. If youare interested in this, please make a request in your email stating the amountneeded with a breakdown of costs, as well as the name of the institution whereyou are registered for your PhD programme.