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Prof Gerard Delanty

Post:Professor of Sociology & Social & Political Thought (Sociology)
Other posts:Professor (Centre for Social and Political Thought)
 Professor of Sociology and Social Political Thought (School of Law, Politics and Sociology)

Telephone numbers
Internal:8658 or 8890
UK:01273 678658 or 01273 678890
International:+44 1273 678658 or +44 1273 678890

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I am an interdisciplinary sociologist with an interest in social theory and the cultural and historical analysis of social and political questions. I am especially interested in the comparative analysis of modernity in global perspective and in social change in Europe. Most of my work concerns in one way or another the implications of globalization for the analysis of the social world. I have written eleven books, many of which have been translated into several languages, and edited seven. I have published over 100 papers on various issues in social and political theory, European identities, globalization, nationalism and the cultural and historical sociology of modernity. I came to Sussex University in September 2007, having been previously a Professor of Sociology at the University of Liverpool, where I was since 1996. I have lectured extensively throughout the world and held visiting professorships at Barcelona University in Spring 2013, Deakin University, Melbourne in 2006, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, in 2000, and York University, Toronto in 1998. I studied sociology and philosophy at University College Cork, Ireland graduating with the B.A. in 1982, M.A. in 1984 and PhD in 1987. I was a DAAD Fellow at Frankfurt University in 1985/6.


  • Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought

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A major aspect of my research concerns the European heritage, which I have been working on for over twenty years. I have a significant number of publications on aspects of this broad topic. I am currently involved in a number of closely related activities, which concern public understandings of cultural heritage and in particular of the European heritage. One project is a Horizon2020 ‘platform’ project in which I am a Co-PI. This project is designed to bring together academic researchers and stakeholders with a view to identifying new research areas and to guide policy making in the area of cultural heritage and with a specific focus on commemoration, memory and history, national identities and other kinds of collective identity. My research aims to contribute to setting the European research and policy making agenda on cultural heritage.