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Warwick academic honoured with British Sociological Association Distinguished Service award

SolomosProfessor John Solomos from the University of Warwick Department of Sociology has been given this year’s Distinguished Service to British Sociology Award, an award made each year by the British Sociological Association to an outstanding individual who has contributed greatly to the discipline.

Professor Solomos, an expert on race, ethnicity and multiculturalism, recieved the award from BSA President Professor Susan Halford at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference at Northumbria University in Newcastle.

Presenting the honour, Professor Halford described Professor Solomos as “a leader in his field – a field that he has been active in building.” She also noted his "enviable reputation as a teacher and mentor” known for “his thoughtfulness and care” towards colleagues.

Professor Solomos said he was grateful to the teachers at his school who encouraged him to go to university, and to his colleagues. He said “In receiving this I am proud of the British Sociological Association and the work I have done for the BSA, for longer than I can remember.”

Professor Solomos began his academic career at the universities of Aston and Warwick before working at Birkbeck College, the University of Southampton, London South Bank University, and City University London.

He has served on the Economic and Social Research Council’s Strategic Research Board, and has acted as a specialist advisor for the Academy of Finland and the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research.

His main areas of research are the sociology of race and ethnicity, racism and anti-racism, political mobilisation and multiculturalism.

His recent books include Race, Multiculture and Social Policy (co-author with Alice Bloch and Sarah Neal, 2013) and Transnational Families: Ethnicities, Identities and Social Capital (co-author with Harry Goulbourne, Tracey Reynolds, and Elisabetta Zontini, 2010)

11 April 2018


1. The British Sociological Association’s annual conference takes place at Northumbria University, Newcastle, from 10 to 12 April 2018. Over 700 research presentations are given. The British Sociological Association’s charitable aim is to promote sociology. The BSA is a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England and Wales. Company Number: 3890729. Registered Charity Number 1080235



Tony Trueman

British Sociological Association

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