About me

I have been Professor of Sociology at the Universities of Plymouth, Leicester, and Essex and have also taught at Strathclyde University. I have held Honorary Professorships at Bergen University, Exeter University, and Copenhagen University, and am currently also a Visiting Professor at Essex University.

I am a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

I was awarded a CBE in 2013 for Services to Social Science, the BSA Distinguished Service for Sociology award in 2014, and an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Essex in 2016.


For further information about my interests and career consult the following ‘biographical’ sources:

Biographical Journey -  Reflections on a career in sociology

Drift, Opportunity, and Commitment -  The shaping of a sociological career

Coming Home -  Reflections on my appointment at Essex University in 1994

Adventures of an Accidental Methodologist -  My involvement in research methods


Under the above Publications tab you can find a full list of my books, articles, and other publications.


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