Futures of finance and society 2018

Third annual conference of the Finance and Society Network (FSN)
6-7 December 2018 at University of Edinburgh, UK

Call for papers available here

Organised by Nathan Coombs and Tod Van Gunten, in association with Finance and Society, the Edinburgh Futures Institute, and the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science (SPS)


Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the settlement between finance and society remains ambiguous. Regulation has been tightened in traditional areas like banking, against a backdrop of fiscal austerity and the proliferation of new monies, financial platforms and investment vehicles. Building on the success of our previous ‘Intersections of finance and society’ conferences, ‘Futures of finance and society’ asks what new social, organisational and political forms are emerging and what direction they should take.

This two-day event, based at the University of Edinburgh’s historic Medical Quad, aims to deepen dialogue between the diverse disciplines contributing to the field of ‘finance and society’ studies. It seeks to develop new synergies between political, sociological, historical, and philosophical perspectives. In addition to providing a venue for presenting ongoing theoretical research, contributors are invited to propose and debate potential solutions for improving financial stability, expanding financial inclusion, and mitigating inequalities associated with financialisation.


Nathan Coombs is Lecturer in Economic Sociology in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. He is co-founder and editor of the open-access journal, Finance and Society.

Tod Van Gunten is Lecturer in Economic Sociology in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His current research topics include the Spanish banking crisis, ideology in the economics profession, and elite financial policy-making in Latin America.