Smith to deliver keynote address

Published December 4, 2013 This content is archived.

Barry Smith has been selected to deliver a keynote address at the First International Conference of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional research in September 2014.

Creative conversations across disciplinary boundaries

WINIR brings together researchers in all disciplines who are devoted to the study of the nature, function, evolution, and impact of the institutions and organisations of economic and social life.

Institutions, broadly defined as systems of established social rules, are key factors of social life. Institutions affect economic performance and human well-being. Although the nature and role of institutions are matters of active research in several academic disciplines, including economics, law, philosophy, politics and sociology, there is a need to promote creative conversations across disciplinary boundaries.

WINIR has been established to advance this agenda. Unconfined to any single discipline, WINIR welcomes contributions from any approach that can help us understand the nature and role of institutions.


The inaugural WINIR conference will be held on the grounds of the stunning Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, UK. The conference will start in the afternoon of 11 September and finish on the morning of 14 September with a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the Royal Observatory, home of the Greenwich prime meridian.

Keynotes lectures, representing five academic disciplines, will be given by:

Geoffrey Ingham (University of Cambridge, sociology)
Timur Kuran (Duke University, economics)
Katharina Pistor (Columbia University, law)
Barry Smith (SUNY Buffalo, philosophy)
Kathleen Thelen (MIT, politics)