´╗┐An ESRC-funded series of seminars across Britain and Italy 2006-2007

Chinese cockle pickers in Lancashire; energy price hikes in Europe after a quarrel between former Soviet states; markets in new reproductive technologies: these events make the news, but cause consternation and perplexity. Are these one-off incidents? Or, are they the tip of radical economic shifts profoundly affecting both our lives and world society? If so, how can we explain these underlying trends?

This series, with anthropologists, economists, activists and other participants shown here , explores four key contemporary themes: