Mark has a long history of collaboration with colleagues at the SCI, from the time when he was at the ESRC Centre for Research in Innovation and Competition (1997-2007).
With Andrew McMeekin, Mark undertook an ESRC comparative project on The transition to a sustainable bio-economy: innovation and expectations, with a focus on renewable transport energy and biofuels in the USA, Europe and Brazil. He then contributed to the SCI-led ESRC Sustainable Practices Research Group, developing his neo-Polanyian approach to economy, society and nature, with a comparative and historical study of drinking water. His most recent ESRC Professorial Fellowship research project concerns the ‘food-energy-climate change trilemma’, comparing Brazil, China, India and Europe. His book Inequality and democratic egalitarianism. Marx’s Economy and Beyond and other essays, will be published by Manchester University Press early in 2018.
Mark is currently Emeritus Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Essex, and Honorary Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester.