Professor John Urry
John URRY has worked at Lancaster since completing degrees at Cambridge. He is a former Head of the Sociology Department, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and University Dean of Research. Since 2003 he has been Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research, now one of four Lancaster University Research Centres. In this role he has with colleagues around the world developed the ?new mobilities paradigm' for social science research. Other research interests are in the social science implications of climate change and ?peak oil' and more broadly in energy and society.
PhD Supervision Interests
Mobilities, complexity theory, tourism, transportation, contemporary capitalism, climate change and social science, energy and society, low carbon futures
Selected Major Achievements
- Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University
- Published c40 books/journal special issues, c80 peer refereed articles and c110 book chapters; work translated into 19 languages
- Total Publish or Perish/Google Scholar H score of 69
- RAE Panel Chair 1996, 2001
- Editor, International Library of Sociology, world's oldest sociology series (1990-2013); founding Co-Editor Mobilities (2006-present)
- Founding Academician, Academy of the Social Sciences; Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
Books/Special Issues since 2000:
- Sociology Beyond Societies (Routledge 2000)
- Bodies of Nature (Sage 2001; co-edited with Phil Macnaghten)
- Global Complexity (Polity 2003)
- Complexity (Theory, Culture & Society Special Issue, 2005).
- Automobilities (Theory, Culture and Society/Sage 2004/5; co-edited with Mike Featherstone, Nigel Thrift)
- Mobile Technologies of the City (Routledge 2006; co-edited with Mimi Sheller)
- Mobilities, Networks, Geographies (Ashgate 2006; with Jonas Larsen, Kay Axhausen)
- Mobilities (Polity 2007)
- Aeromobilities (Routledge 2009; co-edited with Saulo Cwerner and Sven Kesselring)
- After the Car (Polity 2009; with Kingsley Dennis)
- Mobile Lives (Routledge 2010; with Anthony Elliott)
- Changing Climates (Theory Culture and Society Special Issue, 2010; co-edited with Bron Szerszynski)
- Mobile Methods (Routledge 2011; co-edited with Monika Buscher and Katian Witchger)
- Climate Change and Society (Polity 2011)
- Cities and Fascination (Ashgate 2011; co-edited with Heiko Schmid, Wolf-Dietrich Sahr)
- The Tourist Gaze 3.0 (Sage 2011; with Jonas Larsen)
- Societies Beyond Oil (Zed 2013)
Forthcoming Books/Special Issues:
- Offshoring (Polity 2014; in press)
- Energizing Society (Theory, Culture and Society Special Issue; co-edited with David Tyfield)
Recent Articles in ISI Journals:
Annals of Tourism Research (2007), Mobilities (2007, 2013), Global Environmental Change (2008), Environment and Planning. Society and Space (2008), British Journal of Sociology (2008, 2009), European Journal of Social Theory (2009), Theory, Culture and Society (2010), Sociological Review (2010), Soziale Welt (2010), Futures (2013), Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A (2013).
Recent Major Research Grants
- Low Carbon Innovation in China - Prospects, Politics and Practice (ESRC: Principal Investigator 2013-5)
- Corpus Approaches to Social Science ESRC Research Centre (ESRC: Co-Investigator, 2013-8)
- Liveable Cities Research Programme (EPSRC:Co-Investigator 2012-7)
- Emerging middle classes and low carbon mobilities in Brazil and UK (British Academy: Principal Investigator 2011-2)
- Global Welcome? Migrant workers, service cultures, tourist places (ESRC: Mentor 2009-2010)
- Music and Automobility (ESRC: Mentor 2010)
- UK-China Networks of Low Carbon Innovation(ESRC: Principal Investigator 2007-10)
- Transport and Technology (ESRC: Principal Investigator 2010-2013)
2004 Honorary Doctorate, Roskilde University, Denmark
1972 PhD Sociology, Cambridge
1967 BA, MA Economics, Cambridge ('double first')
MA Modules and PhD supervision
CASS is a Centre designed to bring a new method in the study of language – the corpus approach – to a range of social sciences. In doing it provides an insight into the use and manipulation of lan ...
Liveable Cities is an ambitions, five-year programme of research to develop a method of designing and engineering low-carbon, resource-secure, wellbeing enhanced UK cities.
This will be achieved v ...
01/06/2011 → 30/09/2011
This project examines the current role of mobility in business practice, ways of empirically and theoretically studying this mobility, and the social and environmental pressures that raise questions a ...
01/07/2007 → 30/04/2010
Tackling climate change is demanding international collaboration in innovation, yet there are significant constraints on such collaborations. This project is examining low carbon partnerships between ...
28/06/2007 → 28/06/2012
Following discussions at Lancaster about developing a research focus around the theme of complexity the University has established Lancaster Complexity Network. This is designed to explore in a cross- ...
23rd of April 2013 5.30pm book launch Lancaster University Blackwells Book Shop and supported by Zed Books
Imogen Tyler Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain
and J ... Read more»
Two Lancaster academics contributed to a major report published by The Royal Academy of Engineering Electric in May, which says that vehicles are only as 'green' as the electricity that charges thei ... Read more»
The Inaugural Symposium of the Drexel University Center for Mobilities Research and Policy
DOES MOBILITY HAVE A FUTURE?
Monday, April 19th, 2010, 3-6pm
Behrakis Grand Hall in the Creese Student Center ... Read more»
We are very pleased to announce that Prof Steve Graham, University of Durham will deliver a guest lecture for Mobilities Journal at the 14-18 April 2010 meeting of the Association of American Geograph ... Read more»
We are very pleased to announce that Mimi Sheller is now Director of the new Mobilities Research and Policy Center at Drexel University, the first of its kind in the USA. She will also be Professor of ... Read more»
As part of the Storey Institute series of 'Talks on Art' John will talk about the interdependence of the development of tourism, photography, and our visual representations of the contemporary world ... Read more»
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