I am a social theorist and an economic sociologist. My work is centred on developing new conceptual frameworks for understanding the political value of ignorance and the unknown. Currently, I've been carrying out research on the politics of large-scale philanthropy, with particular attention to the rise and social implications of the new paradigm called 'philanthrocapitalism.' My book, No Such Thing as a Free Gift (Verso, 2015), was described as 'path-breaking' by Naomi Klein, and chosen as a book of the year by inequality expert Danny Dorling.
This interview, carried out by Marc-Olivier Deplaude and Nicolas Larchet,gives a good overview of my research interests. Transcripts available inFrenchandEnglish. For a short clip featuring my views on the new philanthrocapitalism, see thisBBC World News interview.
I am on the Editorial Board ofEconomy and Society, and the Editorial Advisory BoardofFinance and Society, and have held visiting fellowships at the Brocher Foundation, the LSE's Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation; and MaxPo, the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies. My research has featured on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed; the New Books Network;and Canada's CBC news. I aim to reach a general, non-academic readership in my work, publishing inFortune, Guardian, Open Democracy, The Times, and Jacobin.