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Karel Williams


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Research interests

Karel Williams is director of the ESRC funded Centre for Research on Socio Cultural Change (CRESC) where he leads research by an MBS team into financialization and financial innovation. Their major outputs so far include a book on the narrative and performative turn in giant firm strategy and a broad ranging financialization reader. With the sociologist Mike Savage, he is working to revive elite studies initially through an edited book which will be published as a Sociological Review Monograph. He supervises PhD students in these areas of interest and currently teaches an MBA elective in Strategic Finance.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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