Adam Leaver is a Professor in Financialization and Business Analysis at Manchester Business School and an active researcher at the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC). His main interest is in a cultural/political economy approach to the financial services sector, financialization and financial crisis, where he has published three co-authored books and numerous peer-reviewed academic journal articles. His current research involves using social network analysis to understand relationships within the financial services sector, the changing role of central banks in the global economy and the sectoral and regional effects of crisis within the UK economy. He also has an enduring interest in the sociology of pricing in collectors markets.
Adam's co-authored CRESC research has been widely cited in the media. It is also impactful: his work on the regional and foundational economy is actively used by local authorities. Adam runs, and is the main contributing writer to, the Manchester Capitalism blogsite: manchestercapitalism.blogspot.co.uk/. He is also Associate Editor of Competition and Change.
In terms of teaching, Adam was programme director for six years on the International Business, Finance and Economics (IBFE) degree. During that time he made significant changes to the curriculum, repositioned the degree and managed its transition to the business school. It is now one of the best recruiting undergraduate degrees in the Faculty. Adam has taught the political economy of finance, business analysis and critical accounting at undergraduate level. He now teaches trends, research skills and case studies on the MSc Management. He currently supervises one PhD student researching institutional change in China's futures markets and one DBA student looking at the changing international geography of hedge funds. Adam is open to opportunities for further PhD/DBA supervisions in the area of the political/cultural economy of finance, financialization and related.
Adam is currently head of the Organisation and Society subject area group - a group which comprises 26 academics.