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DEI Online Seminar Series: Creative Construction: the business history of nuclear power and its relationship with the state

8th July 2020, 13:00 to 14:00, Online via Zoom, Dr Duncan Connors, Professor Mar Rubio- Varas & Professor Joseba de la Torre Campo

This presentation will discuss the evolution of the nuclear power industry using perspectives from both disciplines based on recent research from a forthcoming special edition of the journal, Business History. To book a place on this free seminar, please visit EventBrite.

Business History is a discipline that studies the relationships between commercial organisations, the economy and wider society, and is closely linked to its parent discipline, Economic History. With the change in focus of economics to a more quantitative, model based discipline since 1960s and the rise of modern business school since the 1970s Business History has become a widespread and respected discipline at the same time as Economic History had become increasingly side-lined.

This presentation will discuss the evolution of the nuclear power industry using perspectives from both disciplines based on recent research from a forthcoming special edition of the journal, Business History. It will demonstrate that the nuclear business was not created in response to market forces, nor as part of Schumpeterian ‘creative destruction’ process of innovation, but was willed into being by government led private-public networks where the state acted as ‘Entrepreneur’ (Mazzucato, 2007) guiding the creation of an entire globe spanning industry from scratch in less than two decades.

Duncan Connors, Fellow, Durham Energy Institute and Assistant Professor in Finance, Durham University Business School.

Dr Connors joined Durham University Business School in 2013 and the Durham Energy Institute in 2014. His work is in the field of financial, economic and business history, in particular in the role of the state in determining and executing industrial policy in the period 1945 – 1979. Currently, he is working on the business history of nuclear power in the United Kingdom from a technical choice and state as entrepreneur perspective and is co-editor along with Mar Rubio-Varas and Joseba de la Torre of a special edition of the journal Business History, on the historical development of the nuclear power industry. His best known publication is the 4th edition of A History of Money, which he took over from the deceased Glyn Davies in 2014 and has since become a globally recognised core text for university students studying the subject.

Mar Rubio-Varas, Profesor Titular of Economic History at the Economics Department of Universidad Publica de Navarra (UPNA) and researcher at INARBE

Professor Rubio has a PhD from the London School of Economics (UK), a masters from the same institution and graduate in Economics from the University Carlos III of Madrid. She was a post doctorate scholar for a year of stay (Fulbright funding) in the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley (US). Her research interests focus on the long-term relationships between energy consumption and economic growth, covering also aspects of energy dependence and the transition to a low carbon economy. Recently, she has focused on the economic and financial history of the Spanish nuclear program, taking part in research consortiums funded by the EU (Horizon2020/Euratom and 6th Framework Program) and the European Science Foundation, among others. Recent publications include articles in, Ecological Economics, the Journal of Contemporary History, Energy Journal, Energy Policy, Economic History Review and European Review of Economic History. She was also the co-editor of a book about the Economic History of Nuclear Energy in Spain (Palgrave, 2017)

Joseba de la Torre, Professor of Economic History at the Economics Department of Universidad Publica de Navarra (UPNA)

Professor de la Torre has a PhD from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (SP) in History. His main field of research is on the Spanish economic policy during the Franco regime, and in particular the industrial policy and the indicative planning of developmentalism (1940s-1970s). He has been Visiting Professor at La Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris (FR) and at the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies of New York University (USA). Together with Professor Rubio-Varas, he was part of a Horizon2020/Euratom consortium on the history of nuclear power and he currently leads a research team for the study of the economic history of nuclear energy in Spain. He has also published in Business History Review, Journal of Contemporary History and Investigaciones de Historia Económica.

Contact lynn.gibson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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