About Us

The Leverhulme Centre for the Study of Value (LCSV) was established in 2012 by Professor Sarah Bracking with the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust.

The LCSV supports an international and inter-institutional team of researchers, including project Co-Investigators, Research Associates and post-graduate students based at the University of Manchester and at Birkbeck, University of London, as well as research affiliates at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and the University of Virginia in the United States. Our interdisciplinary team of researchers bring a diverse range of theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, and field experiences to bear on the study of value.  Read more about the researchers at LCVS.

Within the umbrella project Human, non-human and environmental values: an impossible frontier? we are currently carrying out case-studies under five separate research themes, each concerned with the ways people and the non-human world are valued in the humanitarian, development, environmental and agricultural fields. All of our cases explore how calculative rationality, accounting ‘devices’, notional values and value framings are increasingly incorporating evermore entities into socially articulated markets and spaces as well as the effects these have on the wellbeing of people and the non-human environment. Read more about our research.