Education and Degrees
Belle Vue Grammar School, Bradford, Yorks., UK, 1955–60
Huddersfield New College, Huddersfield, Yorks., UK, 1960–63
University of Cambridge, 1963–66. BA Economics Tripos, 1966. College Prize for Economics and Scholar of St Catharine’s College, 1965. MA (Cantab.), 1970.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1966–67. Frank Knox Memorial Fellow, Department of Social Relations.
University of Amsterdam, 1985. Doctor in de Sociale Wetenschappen [Doctor of Social Sciences – DrSocSc]. Dissertation entitled ‘The Sociology of Taste: Eating in England and France’.
University of Cambridge, 2004, Doctor of Letters (LittD) – higher doctorate awarded on the basis of published work.
1967–70 Assistant Lecturer, 1970–78 Lecturer, 1978–87 Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Exeter.
1987–90 Reader in Sociology and Comparative European Studies, University of Exeter.
1990–93 Professor of Sociology, and Head (1990–92) of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. PDF of interview from Monash Observer, 1990
1993–2009 Professor of Sociology in the National University of Ireland; Head of the Department of Sociology, University College Dublin, 1993–99, 2002–5; Acting Deputy Head, 2008–9.
1999–2002 Director, Institute for the Study of Social Change (now the Geary Institute), University College Dublin.
2009- Professor Emeritus, University College Dublin.
1980–82, 1986–87, 1999–2000 Senior Associate Member, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
1987–8 Fellow, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), Wassenaar, Netherlands
1994– Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
1995 Co-founder, University College Dublin Press, 1995, and Chairman, Editorial Committee, 1995–2006.
1997– Member of the Board of the Norbert Elias Foundation/Stichting, Amsterdam
2000–2 Member, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, (IRCHSS) (Irish Government appointment)
2004 elected Foreign Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen).
2006–7 Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow.
2006–7 Visiting Scholar, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (Dining Member, 2008–)
2007 Visiting Professor, Groupe d’analyse politique, Université de Paris X – Nanterre, January–February.
1987–90 Member, Editorial Board, Sociology (Journal of the British Sociological Association)
1989– Associate Editor, Theory, Culture and Society
1994– Editor, Figurations: Newsletter of the Norbert Elias Foundation
2002– Member, Editorial Board, Food and History (journal of the Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures de l’Alimentation [IEHCA], Tours, France)
2004–6 Editor, Irish Journal of Sociology (International Editor, 2001–4)
2006– General Editor, Collected Works of Norbert Elias (18 vols, UCD Press)