Emma Dowling joined Middlesex University from Queen Mary, University of London, where she was Lecturer in Ethics, Governance and Accountability in the School of Business and Management. She holds a PhD in Politics and an MRes in Social and Political Theory from Birkbeck, University of London, as well as an MSc in Global Ethics and a BA in International Relations with Politics from the University of Birmingham. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a Certified Translator for German and English.
English, German and Spanish.
Emma Dowling has designed and taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules in sociology, social and political theory, economic sociology, political sociology, political economy, the sociology of work, organisational change & development, social movements and social change, cultural theory, international relations & politics, academic skills, qualitative research methods. She has given guest lectures and seminars at a number of different institutions in the UK and internationally in Germany, the USA and Canada.
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Emma Dowling's research is interdisciplinary and spans a broad range of interconnected research interests with extensive international research links. She has been an editor for issues of the journals ephemera: theory and politics in organization ('Immaterial and Affective Labour: Explored', 2007) and Lateral ('Mobilisations, Interventions and Cultural Policy', 2012) and serves on the editorial board of the journal WorkingUSA: A Journal of Labor and Society. She has published in English and German on themes including global governance; political economy; social movements, collective action & protest; social change; service work; affect theory and affective labour; gender, feminism and social reproduction; ethics and ethical theory; non-governmental organisations; global justice; critical & radical pedagogies; the politics and sciology of financialisation; crisis & welfare state transformation. Her work has been published in academic journals that include Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies, Sociology, International Social Science Journal and Social Justice as well as internationally in non-academic and journalistic newspapers, journals and magazines such as The Financial Times, New Humanist, Red Pepper, LuXemburg, New Left Project and OpenDemocracy.
Drawing on feminist political economy, her current research critically investigates the crisis of social reproduction unfolding in the wake of the global economic crisis, especially with regard to the social consequences of the transformation of the welfare state, austerity and financialisation. A second key research area is affective labour and the ways in which feelings, relationships and subjectivities are harnessed, shaped and exploited in contemporary work places. Interested in how the political economy of affective labour is embodied and performed, she has written about the experiences and conditions of service work. A third research focus has been the dynamics of governance and resistance in the global political economy, where she has looked at the ways in which the global governance institutions developed in response to global justice movements. In her collaborations with community groups and civil society organisations she is interested in critical pedagogies, practices of engaged research and co-research methods.
Students wishing to pursue doctoral studies in her areas of interest are welcome to contact her.
Dowling, E. (2014): 'Crisis & Crossroads of Independent Culture: (Co-) Research in the Engine Room.' Engine Room Europe, REX Cultural Laboratory, Belgrade, Serbia.
Dowling E. and D. Harvie (2014): 'Harnessing the Social: State, Crisis and (Big) Society', Sociology 48(5): 869-886.
Dowling, E. (2013): 'Vom sozialen Wert. Austeritätspolitik, Big Society und die Krise in Großbritannien' ['Of Social Value – The Politics of Austerity, Big Society and the Crisis in the UK'], LuXemburg 1/13: 118-121.
Brown, G., Dowling, E., D. Harvie and K. Milburn (2012): 'Careless Talk – Social Reproduction and the Fault-lines of Crisis in the UK'. Social Justice 29(1): 78-98
Dowling, E., A. Feigenbaum, S. Pell and K. Stanley (2012): 'Occupy London', South Atlantic Quarterly 111(3): 608 – 615.
Dowling, E. (2012): 'The Waitress: On Affect, Method and (Re) Presentation', Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies 12(2): 109-117.
Dowling, E. (ed.) (2012): 'Mobilisations, Interventions and Cultural Policy', Lateral Issue 1: Spring 2012.
Dowling, E. (2012): 'Die Kellnerin', Netzwerk Körper in den Kulturwissenschaften (Hrsg.), What Can A Body Do? Praktiken und Figurationen des Körpers in den Kulturwissenschaften, Frankfurt am Main: Campus.
Dowling, E. (2012): 'Some Complications and their Political Economy', in A. Lunghi and S. Wheeler (eds.), Occupy Everything: Reflections on Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere, Wivenhoe/New York: Minor Compositions.
Dowling, E. (2011): 'Pedagogies of Cognitive Capitalism – Challenging the Critical Subject', E. Bulut and M. Peters (eds.), Education, Cognitive Capitalism and Digital Labour, London/Berlin/New York: Peter Lang Publishers.
Hudig, K. and E. Dowling (2010): 'Whatever Happened to the Counterglobalisation Movement? Some Reflections on Antagonism, Vanguardism and Professionalisation', in A. Choudry and D. Kapoor (eds.), Learning from the Ground Up – Global Perspectives on Social Movements and Knowledge Production, New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
Dowling, E. and R. Shah (2008): 'What's the World Coming To? The World Social Forum Beyond Critique and Deconstruction', J. Sen and P. Waterman (eds.), The World Social Forum – Challenging Empires, 2nd ed., Toronto: Black Rose Books.
Dowling, E., B. Trott and R. Nunes (eds.) (2007): 'Immaterial and Affective Labour', ephemera: theory and politics in organization 7(1): 1-7.
Dowling, E. (2007): 'Producing the Dining Experience – Measure, Subjectivity and the Affective Worker', ephemera: theory and politics in organization 7(1): 117-132.
Dowling, E. and R. Shah (2007): 'What's the World Coming To? The World Social Forum Beyond Critique and Deconstruction', Inspire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies 2(1): 37-44.
Dowling, E. (2005): 'The Capability Approach and Human Rights', in C. van den Anker and R. Smith (eds.), The Essentials of Human Rights, London: Hodder Arnold.
Dowling, E. (2005): 'The Ethics of Engagement Revisited: Remembering the ESF 2004', ephemera: theory and politics in organization 5(2): 205-215.
Andreotti, V. and E. Dowling (2004): 'World Social Forum: Ethics and Pedagogy', International Social Science Journal (ISSJ) 56 (182): 605-613.
Dowling, E. (2003): 'Strategies for Change: The Tobin Tax', in C. van den Anker (ed.), The Political Economy of New Slavery, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Dowling, E. (2009): 'The G8 Summit Protests in Gleneagles 2005', International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, I. Ness (ed.), New York: Blackwell Publishing.
Dowling, E. (2005): 'Quality of Life – a Definition', in T. Leonard (ed.), The Encyclopedia of the Developing World, New York: Routledge.
Reviews (selection only)
Dowling, E. (2013): 'A Continuing Conversation' - Review of the 35th anniversary edition of Policing the Crisis – Mugging the State, Law and Order (2nd edition) by Stuart Hall, Chas Critcher, Tony Jefferson, John Clarke and Brian Roberts, Soundings Journal 55: 114 - 116.
Dowling, E. (2014): Review of Revolution at Point Zero by Silvia Federici, Feminist Review 106: e1-e2; dos 10.1057/fr. 2013.30.
Dowling, E. (2013): Review of The Problem with Work – Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries by K. Weeks (2011), Durham, NC: Duke University Press. Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 23(2): 312 - 313.
Dowling, E. (2013): Review of Why It's (Still) Kicking Off Everywhere – The New Global Revolutions by P. Mason (2012), London/New York: Verso. Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society 16(2): 316-319.
Dowling, E (2012): Review of Theories of Social Capital – Researchers Behaving Badly by B. Fine (2010), London: Pluto Press. ephemera: theory and politics in organisation 12(4): 480-485.
Dowling, E. (2012): Review of Work's Intimacy by M. Gregg (2011), Cambridge: Polity. Feminist Review 101: e14-e16.
Dowling, E. (2010): Review of The Will of the Many – How the Alterglobalisation Movement is Changing the Face of Democracy by M. Maeckelbergh (2009), London: Pluto Press. Interface: Journal For And About Social Movements 2(1): 381-414.
Translations (selection only)
Thie, H. (2011): 'Exit not Exitus – The Red Project for Green Transformation in 16 Theses', Policy Paper, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin, Germany.
Hengsbach, F. (2011): 'European Solidarity Is Not Free, Policy Paper', Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin, Germany.
Duchrow, U. (2005): 'Capitalism and Human Rights', C. and R. Smith (eds.): The Essentials of Human Rights, London: Hodder Arnold.
Demirovic, A. (2010): 'Materialist State Theory and the Transnationalisation of the Capitalist State', Antipode: Journal of Radical Geography 43(1): 38-59.
Dao, H. (2012): 'Transnationale Politik von Geschichte, Erinnerung und Lokalität: vietnamesische Communities in Kalifornien und Berlin, in K. N. Ha (ed.), Asiatische Deutsche – vietnamesische Diaspora and Beyond, Berlin: Assoziation A.
Brand, U. (2008): Between Protection, Rights and Commercialisation, The Convention on Biological Diversity in the Process of Globalisation and the Opportunities for a Democratic Politics of Biodiversity, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Reihe: Manuskripte, 75, Berlin: Karl Dietz Verlag.
Conference Papers & Keynotes (selection only)
Dowling, E. and D. Harvie: 'A Measure of Change: Governing Financialised Subjects in a Post-Crisis Economy,' CRESC Annual Conference, Manchester, September 2014; IPEG Annual Workshop, University of Leeds, September 2014; 6th Critical Finance Studies Conference, Amsterdam, July 2014; Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association, Leeds, April 25th – 27th 2014.
Dowling, E., D. Harvie, G. Brown and K. Milburn: 'Careless Talk - Social Reproduction and Fault-Lines of the Crisis in the UK', Historical Materialism 9th Annual Conference. November 9th to 11th 2012.
"And You Just Can't Get Served Without Her" – What's at Stake in the Affect Factory?' (Keynote); The Affect Factory: Precarity, Labor, Gender, and Performance, New York University, USA. January 2012.
Dowling, E., 'Mobilisations, Interventions and Cultural Policy', Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, Chicago, USA. March 25th – 27th 2011.
Dowling, E. and C. Scholl, 'Transnational Hegemonies and the Isolation from Critique', International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, USA. February 17th – 20th 2010.
Dowling, E., 'Formulating New Social Subjects? An Inquiry into the Realities of an Affective Worker', New Social Subjects - Class Composition and Cognitive Capitalism, King's College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. April 29th and 30th 2006.
Dowling, E., 'Global Ethics and the Capability Approach', Global Ethics, Development, Environment and the Earth Charter, International Development Ethics Association, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland. April 14th to 17th 2004.
Dowling, E., 'Strategies for Change: the Tobin Tax', British International Studies Association Conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. December 15th to 17th 2003 and the Development Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Greenwich, London, UK. November 6th to 8th 2002.
Dowling, Emma (2016) Postcapitalism? Five orientations from the perspective of social reproduction. International Sociological Association Forum (Blog) .
Dowling, Emma (2015) Retrieving the heart of the market? Just World Institute (Blog) .
Dowling, Emma (2015) Britain's recovery industry: profiting from austerity? University of Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute Blog/Open Democracy .
Dowling, Emma (2015) What a way to make a living. New Humanist, 130 (2). pp. 38-42. ISSN 0306-512X
Dowling, Emma (2016) Love's labour's cost: the political economy of intimacy. [Digital artefact]
Doing Well By Doing Good? Investigating the Ethical Turn in Finance, School of Management, University of Leicester. Workshop co-organised with Dr. David Harvie (University of Leicester) and Robert Ogman (DuMontfort University). September 2015.
Faculty member, Expanding the Margins – Migration, Mobilities, Borders. International summer school hosted by the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. The summer school brought together a selected 37 faculty and postgraduate students (PhD and MA) from across Europe and beyond (UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, India, Argentina, Austria, USA). Funded by the KOSMOS Programme of the Humboldt University, Berlin. September 2014.
Faculty member, Teaching the Crisis – Geographies, Methodologies, Perspectives. International summer school hosted by the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany. The summer school brought together a selected 35 faculty and postgraduate students (PhD and MA) from across Europe and beyond (UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Slovenia, Finland, Albania, USA, Singapore). Funded by the EU Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme. September 2013.
In the Engine Room: The Working Conditions of Cultural Workers. Part of the transnational project Engine Room Europe/Crossroads East West programme. REX B92 Cultural Centre, Belgrade, Serbia. July 2013.
Nanopolitics - Experiments in Radical Movement, Queen Mary, University of London. 2010-2012. Research project investigating the link between politics, the body and work in the crisis economy.
The Labour of Translation – Working Amidst Languages. Centre for Ethics and Politics, Queen Mary, University of London. Workshop investigating the work of translation. 2010.
Activist Conditions. Residency as part of the project 'Mission Less Possible'. Funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia and the European Cultural Foundation. REX B92 Cultural Centre in Belgrade, Serbia. October 2009.
Explorations in Open Space (EIOS) Research Collective and associate of the Centre for Action in Movement (CACIM), New Delhi. Research project investigating the World Social Forum as open space. 2003-2008.
Belgrade Correspondent. Residency. Funded by Belgrade Summer Festival and the European Cultural Foundation. June 2005.
Member of the advisory board for Otherworlds global citizenship education project, University of Nottingham in collaboration with the NGO Mundi. Funded by DfiD. 2003-2004.
Public Engagement (selection only)
Why It Keeps on Kicking Off Everywhere…A Conversation with Paul Mason. Take Back Our World, conference organised by Global Justice Now, London, February 2015.
Britain in a Bind? Austerity and Financialisation in Crisis and Change. ATTAC Palaver, Eine Welt Haus, Munich, Germany. July 2013.
Institutions. The Politics of the Social in Contemporary Art, Tate Modern, London, UK. February 2013.
Vocabularies of the Economy. launch of the second instalment of the Kilburn Manifesto with Doreen Massey. Marx Memorial Library, London, UK. June 2013
On the Actuality of Primitive Accumulation for Feminism. Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin, Germany, October 2012.
The Political Economy of Affect and the Labour of (Re)Presentation, Lectures from Behind the Screen, no.w.here Summer School, London, August 2012.
Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere – An Evening with Paul Mason and Guests, Southbank Centre, London, UK. February 2012
Other Engagement & Impact
Emma Dowling is a founding member of Immeasure (formerly the NGO Clinic), a pro-bono organisational development project founded in 2009, collaborating with non-governmental and not for profit organisations. She has worked on projects locally in London and outside of the UK, for example in Italy, Serbia and Thailand.