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Economic sociology looks at economic processes and relations through a sociological lens. See ‘What is economic sociology?’ for some definitions.

In the last decade, economic sociology has gained great momentum worldwide. Its recent popularity within a number of European and American universities and prestigious research institutes has helped consolidate the discipline into an innovative field of academic inquiry.

The economic sociology group was established in 2005 as a thematic group of  the Australian Sociological Association. It aims to facilitate and support research and collaboration in the field of economic sociology. The founding convenors were Professor Michael Gilding (Swinburne University of Technology) and Associate Professor Malcolm Alexander (Griffith University).

In 2007 Dina Bowman (Swinburne University of Technology) Peta Freestone (The University of Melbourne) and Lee Glezos (Swinburne University of Technology) were appointed as new convenors.

In 2009 – 2010 Dina and Lee continued as co-convenors. Dina is a principal researcher at the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s research and policy centre. She is also an honorary research fellow with the school of social and political sciences at the University of Melbourne.

From 2011-mid 2014 Ben Spies-Butcher took on the role of convenor. Ben is a lecturer in economy and society at Macquarie University in Sydney. Dina continued as editor of Exchange newsletter and the website until April 2012, when Rebecca Pearse took over this role. From June to November 2014 Elizabeth Humphrys (University of Sydney) and Jean Parker (University of Technology Sydney) became co-convenors.

In December 2014 Tom Barnes (Australian Catholic University) replaced Jean, and he and Elizabeth Humphrys (University of Sydney) became co-convenors.

If you are a member of the TASA ‘Sociology Economic Life’ thematic group, feel free to send us the details of your articles, books or media comment pieces.

We welcome contributions and comment! If you would like to be added to our economic sociology email list please contact us:

Claire Parfitt: claireparfitt [at]

Tom Barnes: tom [dot] barnes [at]