Professor John Scott CBE FBA
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
Formerly Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)
I worked at Plymouth University from 2008 to 2013, having previously been Professor of Sociology and Dean of Social Sciences at Essex University, Professor and Head of Department at the University of Leicester, and lecturer at the University of Strathclyde. I have been an active member of the British Sociological Association since 1970,and I am a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Academy of Social Sciences.
E-mail address: john.scott Non-Plymouth users should add '@plymouth.ac.uk'
2008-13 Professor of Sociology and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Plymouth. (Retired December 2013).
1994-2008 Professor of Sociology and Dean of School of Social Sciences, University of Essex.
1991- 94 Professor of Sociology and Head of Department, University of Leicester
1976-91 Lecturer and Reader in Sociology, University of Leicester.
1972-76 Lecturer in Sociology, University of Strathclyde.
1971-72 Part-time teacher in Social Studies, HM Remand Centre, Latchmere House, Richmond, Surrey: Temporary Tutor in Sociology for Post- Graduate Diploma of Institute of Personnel Management , LSE.
1971-72: London School of Economics, engaged in Post-Graduate research. Transferred to staff registration at Strathclyde University, 1974. [Awarded PhD 1976]
1968-71: Kingston College of Technology, reading for External degree of London University. Awarded BSc (Soc) with First Class Honours.
1960-68: Hampton Grammar School, Middlesex. Studying to A-level.
Honours and Awards
Commander of the British Empire (CBE) Birthday Honours List 2013, For Services to Social Science.
Distinguished Service to British Sociology Award, 2014
Honorary Doctor of the University, University of Essex, July 2016
Elected as Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), 2007.
Elected as Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), 2003.
British Sociological Association
Academy of the Social Sciences
Roles on external bodies
Higher Education Funding Council
Sociology Panel Member, Research Assessment Exercise (2000-01); Chair of Sociology Panel and Member of Main Panel, Research Assessment Exercise (2005-8); Chair of Sociology Panel and Member of Main Panel, Research Excellence Framework (2010-14). Member of advisory and consultation panels.
National Regulatory Bodies
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education:
Schools Curriculum and Assessment Authority:
Research Councils and Funding Bodies
Economic and Social Research Council:
Referee for National Research Councils: France, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Norway.
My research interests are in the areas of social stratification, power and elites, business organisation, research methods, and sociological theory. I am currently working on a number of issues in the history of sociology, especially sociology in Britain.
Full details on my research, together with original research data can be found on my personal website.
The Emerald Guide to Talcott Parsons, Bingley, Emerald Publishing, 2020
British Sociology. A History, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020
The Emerald Guide to Max Weber, Bingley, Emerald Publishing, 2019
British Social Theory: Recovering Lost Traditions before 1950, London, Sage, 2018
A number of biographical accounts and essays can be found here.