Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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Professor Adrian Favell

Chair in Sociology and Social Theory

I joined the School in August 2015, from Sciences Po, Paris, where I was a Professor of Sociology. I was previously Professor of European and International Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark, and Professor of Sociology at UCLA.

I am an interdisciplinary sociologist with a background in human geography, political science, political philosophy and comparative literature, and have a strong interest in mixed methods (qualitative/quantitative), research design, and the philosophical foundations of social research.

My inaugural lecture at Leeds introduced current research towards a book I am writing about socially engaged art and architecture in Japan since the end of its economic bubble in the early 1990s. The book project is supported by funding from the Toshiba International Foundation.

I also convene a weekly informal research seminar on Political Demography (POPMOB), which in Spring 2016 discusses readings on “Population Mobilities and Neo-Liberalism”.

At Leeds, I am an associate of the Bauman Institute and CERS (Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies), and a committee member of the Leeds Migration Research Network.

I am associate editor of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and on the editorial committee of Journal of Common Market Studies. I am also Professorial Academic Associate of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich, and a chercheur associé of the Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po.

Please see my personal website for further information and links to publications.

Research Interests

  • urban, regional and global studies
  • migration/mobilities
  • nations, nationalism and citizenship
  • contemporary art and architecture
  • Europe/EU, Japan/East Asia, Turkey, India
  • analytical and critical social theory
  • post-growth economy, culture and society.

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