- Dr Nathan Coombs
- Lecturer in Economic Sociology
- 6.10 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +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)
I am an economic sociologist researching financial regulation and digital markets. In 2013 I was awarded a PhD in political theory by Royal Holloway, University of London. From 2014-17 I was the principal investigator of the Leverhulme Trust funded project 'Governing Financial Algorithms: A Social Study of Regulation and Compliance'. In 2015 I co-founded the scholarly journal Finance and Society.
Course organiser and co-lecturer: Digital Markets and Society PGSP1146
Co-lecturer: Finance and Society
Course organiser and co-lecturer: Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination: Private Troubles, Public Problems SCIL08005
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)
What Do Stress Tests Test? Experimentation and Demonstration in the Performance of Financial Stability (under review)
Narrating Imagined Crises: The Projective Power of Central Banks' Stress Tests (with John Morris, under review)
The Value in 'Value': An Exercise for Pluralising Economics Instruction, International Review of Economics Education (published online 18 July 2018, with Ashley Frawley)
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 The Regulatory Review]
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
Financialization as Mathematization: The Calculative and Regulatory Consequences of Risk Management. In: Mader, P., Mertens, D. and van der Zwan, N. (eds.) International Handbook of Financialization. Abingdon: Routledge (with Arjen van der Heide, forthcoming 2019).
Three Lessons for a Social Studies of Financial Regulation. In: Borch, C. and Wosnitzer, R. (eds) Routledge Handbook to Critical Finance Studies. Abingdon: Routledge (forthcoming 2019).
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.
Review articles and essays
Macroprudential versus Monetary Blueprints for Financial Reform, Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol. 10, No. 2 (2017): 207-216
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.
If you are interested in being supervised by Nathan Coombs, please see the links below for more information: