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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Théo Bourgeron

Théo Bourgeron
Théo Bourgeron
Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Research Interests
Pharmaceutical prices, lobbying groups, financial sector, private equity, UK politics, impact investing, hegemonic masculinity in finance, Brexit, opacity in pharmaceutical markets

Main research topics

I am an ERC postdoctoral research fellow at University College Dublin (ERC Misfires, principal investigator: Prof. Susi Geiger). I was previously a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh (2015-2019), a research and teaching fellow at Sciences Po (Paris, 2018-2019). My PhD was supervised by Prof. Donald MacKenzie (University of Edinburgh) and Prof. Valérie Boussard (Université Paris-Nanterre/IDHES).


Books under contract

Acheter le Brexit ["Buying Brexit"]. Forthcoming. Editions du Seuil, Paris, "Raisons d'Agir" book series. With Marlène Benquet

Accumulating Capital Today. Under contract. Routledge, London. Edited collection, co-edited with Marlène Benquet

Published and accepted articles

"Constructing the double circulation of capital and social impact. Ethnography of a European impact investing fund in the mid-2010s" Forthcoming. Historical Social Research

"Building a Centre of Capital Accumulation: A Study of the Institutional Emergence of the French Private Equity Sector (from the Early 1980s to 2017)" 2020. New Political Economy. With Marlène Benquet

"Political economy of financialisation" 2019. Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales. With Marlène Benquet and Bénédicte Reynaud [special issue introduction]

"Accumuler du capital. Socio-histoire du capital-investissement" 2019. Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales. With Marlène Benquet

"La classification, c'est de la morale! Entretien avec Marion Fourcade" 2019. Revue française de socio-économie. With Apolline Taillandier [interview]

"Optimising 'cash flows'. Converting corporate finance to hard currency" 2018. Journal of Cultural Economy

"Caring Capitalism. The Measure and Meaning of Social Value - By E. Barman" 2017. British Journal of Sociology [book review]

Articles under review & working papers

"Letting the virus spread. A doctrine of pandemic management for the libertarian-authoritarian accumulation regime" Under review

"Investir le social. Etude de la construction des circuits des fonds d'investissement à impact social en France, 2005-2019" [Investing the social. A study of the construction of the circuits of social impact investing funds, 2005-2019] Under review

"Building opacity, fighting for transparency. A history of the struggles around price transparency in European pharmaceutical markets" Working paper

"Gendering financial profit. The role of hegemonic masculine performances in the extraction and uneven distribution of profit in private equity funds" Working paper

Extra-academic publications and conferences

"Au Royaume-Uni, la tentation de l'inéluctable" April 2020, Le Monde Diplomatique. Frontpage article translated in English, Norwegian, Spanish. The Amis du Monde Diplo association released a video about the article

"Zero Magic" 2016-2020. Collaboration to a contemporary art performance by Swedish duo Goldin+Senneby that was presented in Stockholm, Helsinki, Berlin, San Francisco. This performance resulted in several mentions in articles/books and in the following US patent application:

"Computer Assisted Magic Trick Executed in the Financial Markets".  May 2016. Patent number: US20160125542. With Simon Goldin, Jakob Senneby, and Malin Nilsson (I'm registered as co-inventor and co-holder)

Academic trajectory

  • PhD in Sociology. University of Edinburgh. 2015-2018 (awarded 14 March 2019)
  • Visiting student researcher. UC Berkeley. Spring 2018 (sponsored by Marion Fourcade)
  • Master in Sociology. Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay and Sorbonne Université (double degree). 2011-2015
  • Master in Affaires Publiques. Sciences Po (Paris). 2012-2014
  • Bachelor in Sociology, Philosophy, Economics. Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris-Saclay). 2008-2011

Teaching experience

I've been a teaching assistant at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Paris-Nanterre, and Sciences Po (Paris). I taught a large range of courses, from sociology introductions to statistical literacy classes.

Funding, awards, grants

  • ESRC. £4000 Overseas Institutional Visit grant. 2018
  • SASE conference. Early Career Workshop award. 2017
  • ESRC. 3-year PhD scholarship. 2015-2018
  • University of Edinburgh. 3-year PhD scholarship (complementary). 2015-2018
  • Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay. 4-year studentship. 2010-2015

Academic responsibilities

"Accumulating Capital. Strategies of profit and dispossessive policies" conference, organised in June 2019. Paris-Dauphine University. Member of the organisational committee

"Social finance, impact investing, and the financialization of public interest" conference, organised by Eve Chiapello and Lisa Knoll in March 2017. University of Hamburg. Member of the organisational committee

Affiliated to the IDHES-Nanterre (France) research cluster

Personal life

A French citizen, I was born and educated in the northeastern suburb of Paris. Over the past 10 years, I have been living in France, Ireland, Italy, the UK and the US. As such, I speak fluently French and English and I have an advanced level in Italian. Apart from social sciences, my personal interests include literature, politics, comics and climbing.