Executive Committee 2010-2014
Vice-President, Finance and Membership
Robert Van Krieken

Robert van Krieken received both his BA (Honours) and PhD in Sociology from the University of New South Wales, and also has a Law degree from the University of Sydney. He has taught and researched for many years at the University of Sydney, where he played a central role in establishing a distinct sociology programme from 1991 onwards, as well as setting up a programme in socio-legal studies in 2006. He has done research on the historical sociology of child welfare in Australia, the Stolen Generations, processes of civilization and decivilization, cultural genocide, the sociology of recent changes in family law in Australia, the USA, and Europe, and the sociological analysis of celebrity, as well contributing to the theoretical debates around the work of Elias, Foucault, Luhmann, and Latour.

Between 2009 and 2011 he was Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin, where he was Deputy Head of School, Director of Research, and Director of the Social Science Research Centre. Now back at the University of Sydney, he aims to build on his European experience to continue to develop the linkages between various centres of sociological research in Australia, Ireland, Europe, and North America.

He is the lead author of the leading sociology textbook in Australia, published by Pearson and going into its fifth edition, titled Sociology, as well as Norbert Elias (Routledge, 1998), Children and the State (Allen & Unwin, 1992), Celebrity and the Law (Federation Press, 2010; with Patricia Loughlan and Barbara McDonald), and Celebrity Society (Routledge, 2012), along with numerous articles in journals such as the British Journal of Sociology, Theory & Society, Social & Legal Studies, Modern Law Review, Economy & Society, and Sociological Review.

November 2011

International Sociological Association