School of Social and Political Science

Dr Théo Bourgeron

Job Title

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Research interests

Background

I am a Leverhulme Fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences, and an Associate Director of the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKAPE). My research investigates two fields: the sociology of finance (with a focus on understanding how states and financial sectors coproduce financial regulations) and the sociology of health (with a focus on the construction of high pharmaceutical drug prices). My current research project relates to the role of masculinities in the financial sector.

Publications

Books

Marlène Benquet and Théo Bourgeron. 2022. Alt-Finance: How the City of London Bought Democracy. London, Pluto Press. (Translation of: Marlène Benquet, Théo Bourgeron. 2021. La Finance autoritaire. Vers la fin du néolibéralisme, Paris, Raisons d'Agir. Forthcoming in Dutch: Marlène Benquet, Théo Bourgeron, Johan Heilbron. 2023. Geldschieters: Investeringsfondsen, autoritarisme en de strijd tegen de Europese democratie. Amsterdam, Walburg Pers.)

Marlène Benquet and Théo Bourgeron. 2020. Accumulating Capital Today: Contemporary Strategies of Profit and Dispossessive Policies. Abingdon, Routledge. Edited collection.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Théo Bourgeron and Susi Geiger. 2022. "Building the Weak Hand of the State: Tracing the Market Boundaries of High Pharmaceutical Prices in France", New Political Economy, 27(5), 837-850.

Théo Bourgeron and Susi Geiger. 2022. "(De-)Assetising Pharmaceutical Patents: The Patent Contestations Behind a Blockbuster Drug", Economy & Society, 51(1), 23-45.

Bettina Zimmermann, (...) Théo Bourgeron, (...) Elias Weiss. 2022. "Democratic research: Setting up a research commons for a qualitative, comparative, longitudinal interview study during the COVID-19 pandemic", SSM - Qualitative Research in Health, 2(1), 100158.

Théo Bourgeron. 2022. "'Let the virus spread': A doctrine of pandemic management for the libertarian-authoritarian regime", Organization, 29(3), 401-413. Translated in French by health activist group Cabrioles: "La libre circulation du virus. Une doctrine pandémique pour le régime libertarien-autoritaire". Translated in Greek as a chapter in Apostolos Kapsalis, Evangelos Koumarianos and Nikos Kourachanis (eds). 2022. Social Policy and Authoritarian Neoliberalism in the Covid-19 Pandemic, Topos Books, Athens.

Marlène Benquet and Théo Bourgeron. 2020. "Building a Centre of Capital Accumulation: A Study of the Institutional Emergence of the French Private Equity Sector (from the Early 1980s to 2017)", New Political Economy, 26(1), 52-68.

Théo Bourgeron. 2020. "Constructing the double circulation of capital and social impact. Ethnography of a European impact investing fund in the mid-2010s", Historical Social Research, 45(3), 117-139.

Marlène Benquet and Théo Bourgeron. 2019. "Accumuler du capital. Socio-histoire du capital-investissement", Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, 229(4), 46-71.

Théo Bourgeron. 2018. "Optimising 'cash flows'. Converting corporate finance to hard currency", Journal of Cultural Economy, 11(3), 193-208.

Book chapters

Marlène Benquet and Théo Bourgeron. 2020. "Accumulation studies" in Marlène Benquet and Théo Bourgeron (eds.) Accumulating Capital Today: Contemporary Strategies of Profit and Dispossessive Policies. Abingdon, Routledge. [This chapter reviews the literature in the field and introduces the edited collection]

Other academic publications

Théo Bourgeron, Caroline Metz and Marcus Wolf. 2021. They Don't Care: How Financial Investors Extract Profit From Care Homes, UK: London, Transformative Responses to the Crisis; France: Paris, Institut Veblen; Germany: Berlin, Finanzwende [research report].

Théo Bourgeron. 2020. "Rester riche de Camille Herlin Giret", Revue française de sociologie, 61(4), 701-714 [book review].

Marlène Benquet, Théo Bourgeron and Bénédicte Reynaud. 2019. "Political economy of financialisation", Actes de la recherche en sciences sociales, 229(4), 1-13 [special issue introduction].

Théo Bourgeron and Apolline Taillandier. 2019. "La classification, c'est de la morale! Entretien avec Marion Fourcade" Revue française de socio-économie, 22(1), 205-215 [interview].

Théo Bourgeron. 2017. "Caring Capitalism. The Measure and Meaning of Social Value - By E. Barman", British Journal of Sociology, 67(3), 581-582 [book review].

Academic trajectory

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. 2022-2025. University of Edinburgh.

Visiting researcher. Spring 2022. Max-Planck-Institut für Gesellschaftsforschung (Cologne).

ERC postdoctoral researcher. 2019-2022. University College Dublin.

Teaching and research fellow (ATER). 2018-2019. Sciences Po (Paris).

Visiting student researcher. Spring 2018. UC Berkeley.

Education

PhD in Sociology. 2015-2019. University of Edinburgh.

Master in Sociology. 2011-2014. Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris-Saclay).

Master in Public Affairs. 2012-2014. Sciences Po.

Bachelor in Sociology and Economics. 2008-2011. Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris-Saclay).

Teaching experience

I have been teaching at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Paris-Nanterre, Sciences Po and University College Dublin. I have been involved in many courses, including "introduction to sociology", quantitative/qualitative research methodology and more specific topics.

Funding, awards, grants

Early Career Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust. 2022-2025.

Early Career Workshop Award, Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE). 2017.

PhD scholarship, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 2015-2018.

4-year studentship, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay. 2010-2015.

Personal life

A French citizen, I was born and educated in the northeastern suburb of Paris. I speak French, English and Italian. Apart from social sciences, my personal interests include literature, comics and climbing.

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