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Professor John Scott FBA

Social stratification and power, property ownership and business organisation; theory and its history in sociology, early British sociology; social network analysis, research methodology, the use of documents in social research.
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About this Fellow

John Scott is an Honorary Professor at the Universities of Essex, Exeter, and Copenhagen. He was formerly Professor of Sociology at the Universities of Essex and Leicester, and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Plymouth. He has been President, Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer of the British Sociological Association and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has been awarded the Distinguished Services to British Sociology Award, an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Essex, and in 2013 was awarded the CBE for Services to Social Science. His work covers theoretical sociology, the history of sociology, elites and social stratification, and social network analysis. 



Current post

  • Honorary Professor of Sociology, University of Copenhagen
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Exeter
  • Visiting Professor, University of Essex

Past Appointments

  • Emeritus Professor, University of Plymouth, 2014 - 2014
  • Professor of Sociology; Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Plymouth, 2008 - 2013
  • Professor of Sociology; Dean of Social Sciences, University of Essex, 1994 - 2008
  • Adjunct Professor, Bergen University, Norway, 1997 - 2005

British Academy Appointments

  • Fellowship and Structures Committee, 2019 -
  • Research and Higher Education Policy Committee, 2019 -
  • Member of Council, 2016 - 2019
  • Sociology, Demography and Social Statistics Chair, 2015 - 2018


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