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Professor Margaret Scotford Archer


B.Sc.(Soc.), London, 1964.

Ph.D. London, 1967.

(Thesis: The Educational Aspirations of English Working Class Parents: their formation and influence on children's school achievement).

Post-Doctoral Study at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, following the Doctorat du Troisième Cycle in the section 'Sciences Administratives'.

Date of Birth: 20.1.43

Employment Record

Christ?s College, Cambridge (Supervisor) 1964-6

London School of Economics (Graduate Tutor) 1965-6

University of Reading (Lecturer) 1966-73

University of Warwick (Reader) 1973-79

University of Warwick (Professor) 1979 to date

* President, International Sociological Association 1986-90.

Past University Duties


Chairperson of Department

Professor Responsible for Staff

Member of Board of Faculty of Social Studies

Member of Interdisciplinary Research Committee

Member of Professorial Promotions Committee

Member of Accommodation Committee

Member of Promotions Committee

Member of Advisory Boards for CRER and CEDAR

Chair of Chaplaincy Advisory Committee

Immediate / Past Teaching

Supervisor of 6 PhD students

Convenor of MA in Philosophy and Social Theory

Co-convenor of ?Contemporary Social Theory? (3rd year Option)

Co-convenor of 1st year Core Course ?Sociological Imagination and Investigation? (obligatory for all single and joint honours students).


ESRC Research Fellowship (June 1999 - June 2002)

( Linking structure and agency by developing the morphogenetic approach: a three year writing programme of books and articles)

Current Professional Activities:

Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and of its governing Council, 1994-2004.

Founder Member: Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences

Member of Academia Europea

Member of European Amalfi Prize Committee.

Programme Committee of International Sociological Association

Member of International Jury for the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Co-director for the Centre for Critical Realism (Registered educational charity)

Bureau International de Sociologie (Paris)

International Institute of Sociology

8 Editorial Boards of International Journals