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Professor Mark Harvey

Emeritus Professor
Department of Sociology
Professor Mark Harvey

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Biography

Mark joined the Sociology Department in September 2007, following a decade at the ESRC Centre for Research in Innovation and Competition (CRIC) at the University of Manchester, as a Senior Research Fellow and Professorial Research Fellow. With a first degree in history from Oxford, followed by a PhD in Sociology (on historico-critical epistemology) from LSE, he held the Susan Isaacs post-doctoral research fellowship at the Institute of Genetic Epistemology, working with Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva (1968-70). He was a Lecturer in Sociology and Psychology at Brunel University (1971-4) and a Simon Industrial Fellow at the University of Manchester (1993-4). For the intervening 17 years, he worked as a building labourer, returning to academia in 1993. The Centre for Research in Economic Sociology and Innovation is the first UK centre for research in economic sociology. It draws together the considerable strengths of the Department in the areas of markets; corporate institutions and business networks; rights; corporate social responsibility; cultural economy; welfare regimes and pensions; food and consumption; work and employment; gender budgeting and fiscal sociology; biotechnology and bioeconomy; and economies of knowledge. The Centre provides a focus for a research agenda that is interdisciplinary, global and comparative in scope, addressing ‘big’ issues facing the world today.

Qualifications

  • BA Oxford,

  • PhD London,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

aim to develop the ‘new economic sociology’ using a neo-Polanyian framework of ‘instituted economic processes’ (IEP). An historical and comparative research agenda has been key here to an understanding of ‘varieties of capitalism’

the emergent bio-economy

food provisioning, supermarkets, and the sociology of food consumption

biotechnology and genomics

economics of knowledge

'rights over resources' within 'welfare states'

Current research

Research

Mark completed an ESRC project on The transition to a sustainable bio-economy: innovation and expectations. This project, which ran from October 2007 to 2010, compared different trajectories of innovation in Brazil, Europe and the USA, using the IEP approach. Faced by global climate change, depleting petro-chemical resources and energy insecurity, a major industrial transformation in energy and materials is at an early stage of transition. This transition poses challenges to the governance of the economy unique in the history of industrial societies. From 2010 to 2013, he has been engaged in the ESRC funded Sustainable Practices Research Group, and its programme of research on low carbon housing, heating and cooling, changing food habits and water use in the home. In this programme,he has been running a comparative and historical project on drinking and domestic water provision in Europe (the UK, Germany, and Italy), Delhi, Taiwan and Mexico City. This work has addressed key economic sociology questions on public and private appropriation, the qualities of water, and the trajectories of water provision within different environmental contexts. Researching water has been a useful way of analysing sociogenic sustainability crises as emergent and varied consequences of these different trajectories. Visit the SPRG website at http://www.sprg.ac.uk/ He has recently been awarded an ESRC Professorial Fellowship “The food-energy-climate change trilemma: developing a neo-Polanyian analysis” The world is facing three unprecedented challenges: anthropogenic climate change, the depletion of finite energy and material resources, and a growing population with increasing and changing demand for food. These three problems are deeply interconnected in ‘the food-energy-climate change trilemma’. Researching the different trilemma trajectories as they develop in Brazil, Europe, the USA and China provides a way of analysing the varied interactions between socio-economies, their environmental contexts, and their command over finite resources such as land, water, and fossil energy. This project will run from January 2014 to December 2016, with a Senior Research Officer and an ESRC Doctoral Studentship. The over-arching theme integrating his work across these research projects has been the development of a neo-Polanyian ‘instituted economic process’ approach to understanding of capitalist economic institutional variation and evolution as multi-modal, embracing the state, market and non-market dynamics. The new development of this approach is to understand the interactions between political economies, natural environments, and finite resources as a major dynamic of historical variation, including the sociogenesis of sustainability crises.

Teaching and supervision

Previous supervision

Jennifer Daisy Gresham
Jennifer Daisy Gresham
Thesis title: Producing Soy to Save the Planet? Challenging Sustainable Soy Governance in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado.
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 29/11/2018
Xiaoyang Zhang
Xiaoyang Zhang
Thesis title: Trust in Water: An Institutional Analysis of China's Urban Tap Water Provision System
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 20/12/2017
Maria Katia Orteca
Maria Katia Orteca
Thesis title: An Investigation of Social Capital in Britain Using Small Area Estimation Analysis
Degree subject: Sociological Research
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 16/5/2017
Saltanat Akhmetova
Saltanat Akhmetova
Thesis title: At Home Among Strangers: The Integration and Transnational Practices of Chinese-Born Kazakh Returnees in Kazakhstan
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 17/5/2016
I-Liang Wahn
I-Liang Wahn
Thesis title: The Processes and Politics of Consumer Market Institutionalisation in East Asia: A Neo-Polanyian Perspective
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 17/6/2014
Selena Herrera
Selena Herrera
Degree subject: Occasional Study: Sociology (Research)
Degree type: Occasional Postgraduate Study
Awarded date: 28/2/2013

Publications

Journal articles (29)

Harvey, M., (2016). For a New West: Essays, 1919–1958. By Karl Polanyi. Edited by Giorgio Resta and Mariavittorio Catanzariti. Malden, Mass.: Polity Press, 2014. Pp. xvi+258. $69.95 (cloth); $24.95 (paper).. American Journal of Sociology. 121 (4), 1326-1327

Behling, F. and Harvey, M., (2015). The evolution of false self-employment in the British construction industry: a neo-Polanyian account of labour market formation. Work, Employment and Society. 29 (6), 969-988

Harvey, M., (2014). The Food-Energy-Climate Change Trilemma: Toward a Socio-Economic Analysis. Theory, Culture & Society. 31 (5), 155-182

Harvey, M., (2014). Comparing comparing: exercises in stretching ? concepts. Anthropology of food (S10)

Harvey, M. and McMeekin, A., (2013). Capitalism: restless and unbounded? Some neo-Polanyian and Schumpeterian reflections. Economics of Innovation and New Technology. 22 (7), 666-683

Harvey, M. and Pilgrim, S., (2013). Rudderless in a Sea of Yellow: The European Political Economy Impasse for Renewable Transport Energy. New Political Economy. 18 (3), 364-390

Harvey, M., (2011). Book Review: Karl Polanyi. The Limits of the Market. The Sociological Review. 59 (2), 378-380

Harvey, M. and Pilgrim, S., (2011). The new competition for land: Food, energy, and climate change. Food Policy. 36 (S1), S40-S51

Harvey, M. and Pilgrim, S., (2011). The new competition for land: Food, energy, and climate change. Food Policy. 36 (SUPPL. 1), S40-S51

Pilgrim, S. and Harvey, M., (2010). Battles over Biofuels in Europe: NGOs and the Politics of Markets. Sociological Research Online. 15 (3), 1-16

Harvey, M. and McMeekin, A., (2010). Public or private economies of knowledge: The economics of diffusion and appropriation of bioinformatics tools. International Journal of the Commons. 4 (1), 481-506

Schofield, PN., Eppig, J., Huala, E., de Angelis, MH., Harvey, M., Davidson, D., Weaver, T., Brown, S., Smedley, D., Rosenthal, N., Schughart, K., Aidinis, V., Tocchini-Valentini, G. and Hancock, JM., (2010). Sustaining the Data and Bioresource Commons. Science. 330 (6004), 592-593

Frericks, P., Harvey, M. and Maier, R., (2010). The ‘paradox of the shrinking middle’: The central dilemma of European social policy. Critical Social Policy. 30 (3), 315-336

Harvey, M., (2006). Innovation and competition in UK supermarkets. Supply Chain Management. 5 (1), 197-205

Wales, C., Harvey, M. and Warde, A., (2006). Recuperating from BSE: The shifting UK institutional basis for trust in food. Appetite. 47 (2), 187-195

Harvey, M. and McMeekin, A., (2005). Brazilian genomics and bioinformatics: instituting new innovation pathways in a global context. Economy and Society. 34 (4), 634-658

Harvey, M. and Metcalfe, S., (2004). The ordering of change: Polanyi, Schumpeter and the nature of the market mechanism. Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines. 14 (2), 1-31

Harvey, M. and McMeekin, A., (2004). Public-private collaborations and the race to sequence Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Nature Biotechnology. 22 (7), 807-810

Coombs, R., Harvey, M. and Tether, B., (2003). Analysing distributed processes of provision and innovation. Industrial and Corporate Change. 12 (6), 1125-1155

Ramlogan, R. and Harvey, M., (2003). Polanyian Perspectives on Instituted Economic Processes, Development and Transformation: Introduction. International Review of Sociology. 13 (2), 321-326

Green, K., Harvey, M. and McMeekin, A., (2003). Transformations in food consumption and production systems. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning. 5 (2), 145-163

Lee, MA., Harvey, M. and Neustrom, A., (2002). Local Labor Markets and Caseload Decline in Louisiana in the 1990s*. Rural sociology. 67 (4), 556-577

Harvey, M., McMeekin, A. and Miles, I., (2002). Genomics and social science: issues and priorities. foresight. 4 (4), 13-30

McMeekin, A. and Harvey, M., (2002). The Formation of Bioinformatic Knowledge Markets: an 'economies of knowledge' approach. Revue D'Economie Industrielle. 101 (1), 47-64

Harvey, M. and Randles, S., (2002). Markets, the Organisation of Exchanges and �Instituted economic process�-An Analytical Perspective. Revue d'�conomie industrielle. 101 (1), 11-30

Harvey, M., (2000). Innovation and competition in UK supermarkets. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. 5 (1), 15-21

Harvey, M., (1999). Cultivation and Comprehension: How genetic modification irreversibly alters the human engagement with nature. Sociological Research Online. 4 (3)

Harvey, M., (1999). How the object of knowledge constrains knowledge of the object. An epistemological analysis of a social research investigation. Cambridge Journal of Economics. 23 (4), 485-501

Harvey, M., (1996). Paul T investigates. New Left Review. 217, 88-101

Books (8)

Harvey, M., (2010). Markets, Rules and Institutions of Exchange. Manchester University Press. 9780719076701

Harvey, M. and McMeekin, A., (2007). Public or private economies of knowledge?: Turbulence in the biological sciences. 9781845420963

Kjærnes, U., Harvey, M. and Warde, A., (2007). Trust in Food. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 9781349547395

Harvey, M., Ramlogan, R. and Randles, S., (2007). Karl Polanyi: New Perspectives on the Place of Economy in Society. Manchester University Press. 9780719073328

Harvey, M. and McMeekin, A., (2007). Public or Private Economies of Knowledge?. Edward Elgar Publishing. 9781845420963

Harvey, M., McMeekin, A. and Warde, A., (2004). Qualities of Food. Manchester University Press. 9780719068546

Clasquin, B., Moncel, N., Harvey, M. and Friot, B., (2004). Wage and welfare. New perspectives on Employment and Social Rights in Europe. Peter Lang. 9052012148

Harvey, M., Quilley, S. and Beynon, H., (2002). Exploring the Tomato: Transformations of Nature, Society and Economy. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd

Book chapters (15)

Harvey, M. and Bharucha, ZP., (2016). Political Orientations, State Regulation and Biofuels in the Context of the Food–Energy–Climate Change Trilemma. In: Global Bioethanol. Elsevier. 63- 92. 9780128031414

Harvey, M., (2015). Drinking Water: A Socio-economic Analysis of Historical and Societal Variation. In: Drinking Water: A Socio-Economic Analysis of Historical and Societal Variation. Routledge. 45- 72. 9781138816978

Harvey, M., (2010). Introduction: putting markets in their place. In: Markets, Rules and Institutions of Exchange. Editors: Harvey, M., . Manchester University Press. 9780719076701

McMeekin, A. and Harvey, M., (2010). Making biological knowledge public and private: the multi-modality of capitalism. In: Markets, Rules and Institutions of Exchange. Editors: Harvey, M., . Manchester University Press. 9780719076701

Harvey, M. and Randles, S., (2010). the organisation of exchange and ‘instituted economic process’: an analytical framework. In: Markets, Rules and Institutions of Exchange. Editors: Harvey, M., . Manchester University Press. 9780719076701

Harvey, M. and Metcalfe, S., (2010). The ordering of change: Polanyi, Schumpeter and the nature of the market mechanism. In: Markets, Rules and Institutions of Exchange. Editors: Harvey, M., . Manchester University Press. 9780719076701

Harvey, M., (2007). The rise of supermarkets and asymmetries of economic power.. In: Supermarkets and agri-food supply chains: transformations in the production and consumption of foods. Editors: Burch, D. and Lawrence, G., . Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. 51- 73. 9781781008546

Harvey, M., (2007). Instituting economic processes in society. In: Karl Polanyi: New perspectives on the place of the economy in society. Editors: Harvey, M., Ramlogan, R. and Randles, S., . Manchester University Press. 9780719073328

Harvey, M., Ramlogan, R. and Randles, S., (2007). Working with and beyond Polanyian perspectives. In: Karl Polanyi: New Perspectives on the Place of Economy in Society. Editors: Harvey, M., Ramlogan, R. and Randles, S., . Manchester University Press. 1- 12. 9780719073328

Kj�rnes, U., Warde, A. and Harvey, M., (2006). Politicising consumer trust in food: A socio-institutional explanation to variations in trust. In: Ethics and the Politics of Food: Preprints of the 6th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics. Editors: Kaiser, M. and Lien, ME., . Wageningen. 162- 166. 9789086860081

McMeekin, A., Harvey, M. and Gee, S., (2004). Emergent bioinformatics and newly distributed innovation processes. In: The Economic Dynamics of Modern Biotechnologies: European and Global Trends. Editors: Laage-Hellman, J., McKelvey, M. and Rickne, A., . Edward Elgar. 235- 261. 9781845420611

Harvey, M., (2003). The United Kingdom: Privatization, fragmentation and inflexible flexibilization in the UK construction industry. In: Building Chaos: A International Comparison of Deregulation in the Construction Industr. Editors: Bosch, G. and Philips, P., . Routledge. 188- 209. 9780415260909

Harvey, M., Summers, GF., Pickering, K. and Richards, P., (2002). The short-term impacts of welfare reform in persistently poor rural areas. In: Rural dimensions of welfare reform. Editors: Weber, BA., Duncan, GJ. and Whitener, LA., . Upjohn Institute Press. 375- 410. 9780880992404

Harvey, M., (2002). Markets, supermarkets and the macro-social shaping of demand: an instituted economic process approach. In: Innovation By Demand: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of Demand and its Role in Innovation. Editors: McMeekin, A., Tomlinson, M., Green, K. and Walsh, V., . Manchester University Press. 187- 208. 9780719062674

Harvey, M., (2000). Systemic competition between high and low ‘social cost’ labour: a case study of the UK construction industry. In: The Dynamics of Wage Relations in the New Europe. Editors: Clarke, L., de Gijsel, P. and Janssen, J., . Springer. 267- 278. 978-1-4613-7002-4

Grants and funding

2013

The Food-Energy-Climate Change Trilemma: Developing a Neo-Polanyian Analysis

Economic & Social Research Council

2012

Social Change and Systems of Drinking Water Provision in Taiwan

The British Academy

2010

Sustainable Practices Research Group

Economic & Social Research Council

Contact

mharvey@essex.ac.uk

Location:

5B.150, Colchester Campus