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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.

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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

Delhi Capitals' Rishabh Pant inks NFT deal with Rario

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Politics

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Science

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S. Korean researchers to limit carbon emissions during battery manufacturing

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Technology

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More known leakers are reporting that Bluepoint is working on several Bloodborne projects. A much-awaited sequel is said to be in the works, along with a PC port and a remaster for the original game. New Bloodborne...
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