Mark Harvey

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).

Mark Harvey
Mark Harvey

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.

Further information

Mark Harvey’s retirement speech

In early October the SCI co-sponsored a conference to mark the retirement of Professor Mark Harvey. He is currently an Honorary Professor at the SCI. He spent a part of his career at the University of Manchester at the Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC). Subsequently he became Professor of Sociology and the founding director of the Centre for Research in Economic Sociology & Innovation (CRESI) at Essex. The conference, held at Essex, included contributions and presentations from a dozen of his colleagues, mostly from Essex and Manchester, on topics related to his own research programme.

The event concluded with a talk by Mark. This was partly autobiographical and partly an account of the development of his distinctive ‘Instituted Economic Process’ theoretical approach to social and economic development. He has fruitfully applied this framework in empirical projects studying several issues with a bearing on sustainability, including water, food, supermarkets and scientific research. The SCI is very pleased to be able to make available Mark’s lively and inspiring talk to a wider audience.