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The Return of the State - Green, Welfare or Neo-liberal Crutch?

Starts: 28 January 2009

Professor Peter Fairbrother

Professor Peter Fairbrother

A Colloquium in Honour of Peter Fairbrother

On Wednesday 28th January 2009, a colloquium in honour of Professor Peter Fairbrother, Co-Director of the Centre for Global Labour Research, was held in the Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University. Titled ‘The Return of the State’, the colloquium addressed debates about the modern state in the context of global recession and climate change. An interesting array of contributors made a series of short presentations, focussing on debates about the modern state, state and economy, the state and sustainability, the state and health, trade union responses to climate change. 

Around fifty people were in attendance and engaged in a robust discussion and debate. The colloquium was hosted and chaired by Professor Kevin Morgan (School of City and Regional Planning) and Professor Gareth Williams (School of Social Sciences). On the basis of the presentations and the broader discussion a set of research themes were identified by Professor Ed Heery and Dr Ian Welsh. 

Professor Phil Brown, Professor Theo Nichols and Professor Peter Fairbrother

Prof Phil Brown, Prof Theo Nichols and Prof Peter Fairbrother

In a final summation, Professor Huw Beynon, (Director of the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University) drew the colloquium to a conclusion with a vision of a public sociology for Wales over the next few years. 

Professor Peter Fairbrother, Co-Director of the Centre for Global Research, has now stepped down from the directorship to take up a position as Professor of International Employment Relations at RMIT University, Australia. He has been replaced by Dr Ian Welsh, Reader in Sociology who will co-direct the Centre with Professor Ed Heery.


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