Our Centre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation (CRESI) highlights transformation processes of socio-economies, both contemporary and historical.
We provide a space for the development of a shared set of theoretical and empirical interests, encouraging dialogue between different perspectives and approaches in order to advance the field of economic sociology.
On the basis of our breadth and range of research interests, our combination of economic sociology and political and cultural economy, our interest in the multi-modality of capitalist economies, and a strong focus on consumption and innovation, we have developed a distinctive identity.
A strong feature of our research culture is the global reach of our research, and an approach that is both historical and comparative. International collaborative research in Europe, USA, South America and the Asia Pacific are established areas of our research.
DirectorCentre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation (CRESI), University of Essex
Co-Deputy DirectorCentre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation (CRESI), University of Essex
A new book by Professor Linsey McGoey has been released. Entitled The Unknowers - How Strategic Ignorance Rules the World, the book has been described as an intriguing investigation into knowledge and power.
1 February 2021: CRESI Director Linsey McGoey published an article on global financial trading and the GameStop controversy with the London Review of Books.
3 December 2020: CRESI Director Linsey McGoey gave a webinar with Northwestern University’s Weinberg Center for International and Area Studies on Billionaires, Viruses & Vaccines: Private Philanthropy in the Fight against COVID.
5 November 2019: The Role of Philanthropy in Sustainable Development
5 October 2019: What is 'strategic ignorance'?
15 October 2015: Philanthrocapitalism: Does It Help Or Hinder?
We hold a regular series of seminars and workshops to develop our research culture. These create a space for discussion of ongoing research, and allow you to test out research ideas in a friendly and supportive environment.
To view all upcoming CRESI events, please visit our Departmental events calendar.
Our working paper series is internally refereed and a central vehicle for the dissemination of our research. It aims to achieve rapid and wide dissemination of the achievements arising from the full range of our research projects, as well as provide a route to publication for doctoral students. Since it has been established, it has a record of high levels of downloads across the world.
CRESI staff are recognised experts in their fields and are frequently asked to give advice to national government departments, local authorities, NGOs and commercial organisations. Projects have included advice on business strategies, masterclasses and workshop sessions as well as contributions to steering boards and reviews of evidence.
The Centre provides a focus and magnet both for existing PhD students currently supervised by staff in the Department of Sociology, and for attracting new students. The series of seminars and workshops will assist the development of a research culture and identity around economic sociology. By stimulating interaction and enhancing the cohesion of a substantial part of the Department’s research activity, we provide a forum for developing research agendas. We encourage you, as a doctoral student, to get involved in our research projects, giving you the opportunity to participate directly in the core research of the Centre. You will be very much ‘part of the team’ of a already supportive research environment.