- Dr Nathan Coombs
- Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow
- 5.12 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK
- +44 (0)131 6508259
- Research Interests
- Sociological Theory, Financial Markets, Social Studies of Finance, financial regulation, History of Political Thought, Economic Sociology, Social theory
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Wednesday 3-5pm (during term time)
General Research Profile
My PhD was awarded by Royal Holloway, University of London in 2013 and concerned theories of order and change in classical and contemporary social theory. Since then, my research has been situated in the social studies of finance and has concentrated on the governance of complex economic systems. I am the principal investigator on a Leverhulme-funded research project entitled 'Governing Financial Algorithms: A Social Study of Regulation and Compliance'. In 2015 I co-founded the scholarly journal Finance and Society.
The Leverhulme project investigates how regulators are responding to potential risks and abuses associated with algorithmic and high-frequency trading. Keeping with the theme of how regulators are employing new technologies in order to augment their knowledge and encourage cultural change in the industry, my current research focuses on the stress testing programmes of the Bank of England, European Banking Authority and U.S. Federal Reserve.
Lecturer: Economy and Society unit in Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination
PhD in Political Theory, Royal Holloway, University of London
MSc in International Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
BSc (hons) in Economics and International Development, University of Bath
(see full list of publications on Google Scholar)
History and Event: From Marxism to Contemporary French Theory, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (2015)
Narrating Imagined Crises: Regulatory Stress Testing and Cultural Reform in Finance (in preparation)
What is an Algorithm? Financial Regulation in the HFT Era, Automated Trader, Issue 41 Q4 (2016): 14-18.
What is an Algorithm? Financial Regulation in the Era of High-Frequency Trading, Economy and Society, Vol. 45, No. 2 (2016): 278-302 [featured in RegBlog]
Did Lenin Refound Marxist Dialectics in 1914?, The European Legacy, Vol. 21, No. 1 (2016): 1-18
Speculative Justice: Quentin Meilassoux and Politics, Theory & Event, Vol. 17, No. 4 (2014)
The Political Theology of Red Toryism, Journal of Political Ideologies, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2011): 79-96
Nomological Disputation: Alain Badiou and Graham Harman on Objects, Speculations: A journal of speculative realism, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2010): 135-144
Macroprudential versus Monetary Blueprints for Financial Reform, Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol. 10, No. 2 (2017): 207-216
The Sociology of Financial Regulation. In: Borch, C. and Wosnitzer, R. (eds) Routledge Handbook of Critical Finance Studies. London: Routledge (forthcoming 2018).
Underlabouring for Science: Althusser, Brassier, Bhaskar. In: Malik, S and Avanessian, A. (eds) Genealogies of Speculation: Materialism and Subjectivity since Structuralism, London: Bloomsbury (2016): 271-299.
For a Post-Disciplinary Study of Finance and Society (with Angus Cameron and Amin Samman), Finance and Society, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2015): 1-5
Donald Trump, Dodd-Frank and the politics of academic critique, SPERI comment, 29 February (2017)
Clamping down - on the Bank of England's stress test, Socializing Finance, 2 December (2016)
'Governing Financial Algorithms: A Social Study of Regulation and Compliance', Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme, 2014-17.
I am willing to anonymously review manuscripts in my areas of expertise. I have reviewed for Political Studies, The European Legacy, Journal of Political Ideologies, Security Dialogue, Science, Technology and Human Values, Science and Technology Studies, Information, Communication and Society, Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, and Oxford University Press.
I can act as a supervisor or in an informal mentoring role on projects concerning social and political theory, economic sociology, science and technology studies, and the social studies of finance.