School of Social and Political Science

Dr Théo Bourgeron

Job Title

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Research interests


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.



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.


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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