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Nick Bernards

Nick Bernards

Assistant Professor of Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick
My current research looks at the intersections of global financial markets with changing patterns of work and social protection, primarily in the global south. I have published on the development of new forms of financial products targeting precarious or informal workers, including microinsurance and 'alternative' forms of credit data. I am also beginning research on the ways in which financial markets in the global south have been shaped by longer colonial histories, and how this has impacted on the uneven development of contemporary finance. I am also currently director of the Africa Research Network at Warwick.

Prior to starting at Warwick in 2017, I held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University, Canada, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I completed a PhD in International Relations at McMaster University in 2016.

My recent book, The Global Governance of Precarity (Routledge, 2018), examines the governance of irregular forms of labour in sub-Saharan Africa through a historical study of the activities of the International Labour Organization. I draw together analyses of ILO policy towards forced labour, unemployment, and social protection for irregular workers in sub-Saharan Africa from 1919-present. The project draws on archival research conducted primarily at ILO headquarters in Geneva, extensive documentary research, as well as interviews with key ILO staff across these issue areas in Geneva and at field offices in Pretoria and Dakar.

Climate Change Series

Climate change: why government failure to act isn't the problem

Aug 22, 2021 01:09 am UTC| Nature Politics

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report underscored the dire state of the climate crisis, concluding that immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are needed to...

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Economy

Adidas promotes Star Wars gear ahead of The Book of Boba Fett series this December

Adidas is promoting its Star Wars collection inspired by the legendary galactic bounty hunter, Boba Fett, featuring a pair of his Firebird Track Pants, ahead of its upcoming The Book of Boba Fett series at Disney+ on...

Amazon invests in fractional sports trading card, NFT marketplace Dibbs

Amazon is getting into sports collectibles by investing in fractional marketplace Dibbs, which recently launched a feature allowing users to sell stakes in their items with each other. The terms of Amazons investment...

Nike, Adidas, H&M, Zara, Coach found contributing to Amazon rainforest's destruction with their leather products

A new report from sustainability organization Slow Factory Foundation and Stand.earth found that cattle farmers who produce leather for fashion brands such Nike, Adidas, HM, Zara, and Coach are intensifying the...

McDonald's Canada offers new Bacon' N Crispy Onion Quarter Pounder

McDonalds has begun offering the Bacon N Crispy Onion Quarter Pounder, only in Canada. The sandwich consists of a quarter-pound beef patty, hickory smoked bacon, crispy onions, a grilled onion sauce, cheese, ketchup,...

NBA to broadcast games in India via multiplatform deal with Viacom18

The National Basketball Association (NBA) inked a new multi-year broadcast partnership with Viacom18 to air its games across linear and streaming platforms in India. The Mumbai-based media group will cover the NBAs...

Politics

Capitol riots: Insurrectionist asks courts for permission to attend wedding in Cancun ahead of sentencing

Hundreds of the members of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol were arrested and charged by the feds since the insurrection. One insurrectionist recently made a bizarre request to the courts, asking for permission...

Nancy Pelosi condemns Rep. Lauren Boebert's attacks against Rep. Ilhan Omar

The recent Islamophobic attacks that Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert made against Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar have also led to internal squabbles in the House Republican caucus. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Boeberts...

Taliban criticizes UN for postponing decision on who would represent Afghanistan

The international community is still reluctant to acknowledge the Talibans government in Afghanistan following the withdrawal in August. The insurgent group recently criticized the United Nations for postponing its...

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Science

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Nissan to roll out unmanned vehicle for traversing the moon's surface

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South Koreas Apple Use Research Institute has developed a reddish natural pigment extraction and recycling method using wasted apple peel and crab apples. Apple peel contains the reddish natural pigments called...

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Technology

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Renders allegedly showing the design of the upcoming Galaxy A73 surfaced recently, and it appears that Samsung is not planning a significant redesign. However, several notable changes in the technical specifications were...

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EA announced major changes in some of its studios involved with the development of the Battlefield franchise. Aside from having a new leader in Respawn Entertainment, co-founder Vince Zampella, the company also teased at...
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