philProfessor Philip Gorski
Yale University, United States

Philip S. Gorski (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley 1996) is a comparative-historical sociologist with strong interests in theory and methods and in modern and early modern Europe. His empirical work focuses on topics such as state-formation, nationalism, revolution, economic development and secularization with particular attention to the interaction of religion and politics. Other current interests include the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences and the nature and role of rationality in social life. Among his recent publications are The Disciplinary Revolution: Calvinism and the Growth of State Power in Early Modern Europe (Chicago, 2003); Max Weber’s Economy and Society: A Critical Companion (Stanford, 2004); and “The Poverty of Deductivism: A Constructive Realist Model of Sociological Explanation,” Sociological Methodology, 2004.

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Professor Wolfgang Hofkirchner
Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Wolfgang Hofkirchner studied Political Science and Psychology at the University of Salzburg where he awarded his Dr.phil. He has been working since in the field of Science–Technology–Society and received his venia legendi at the Vienna University of Technology.

His current focus is on an integrative science of information, information society and information technology. The perspective taken is that of complex thinking underpinned by considerations rooted in philosophy while extending to ICTs and society. He is Academician of the International Academy of Systems and Cybernetic Sciences and Member of the Leibniz-Sozietät der Wissenschaften zu Berlin.

He is director of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science in Vienna, member of the Board of Directors of the Science of Information Institute in Washington, and co-coordinator of the ICTs-and-Society network.

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Professor Emmanuel Lazéga
Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, France

Emmanuel Lazega is Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris-Dauphine, a member of the Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Sciences Sociales (IRISSO-CNRS) and a member of the Programmatic Steering Board of the Hague Institute for Internationalization of Law. His current research focuses on social, intra- and inter-organizational networks in the economy, with a substantive focus on the social control of business and a methodological focus on the multi-level and dynamic nature of these networks. Publications include Conventions and Structures in Economic Organization: Markets, Networks, and Hierarchies, (Edward Elgar, 2002, edited with Olivier Favereau), The Collegial Phenomenon: The Social Mechanisms of Cooperation Among Peers in a Corporate Law Partnership (Oxford University Press, 2001), Micropolitics of Knowledge: Communication and Indirect Control in Workgroups (Aldine-de Gruyter, 1992).

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Screen shot 2014-05-02 at 15.32.46Professor Andrea Maccarini
University of Padova, Italy

Andrea M. Maccarini ( is professor of Sociology in the Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies, University of Padova (Italy), where he teaches Sociology of Education and Social Policy. He is chair of the Italian Sociological Association (AIS)  section of Education, and serves as Italian representative at the governing board of OECD-Ceri (Center for Educational Reform and Innovation). He is a collaborator of the Center for Social Ontology directed by Margaret S. Archer (University of Warwick), and a board member of the International Association for Critical Realism (IACR).

His main research interests lie in social theory, cultural change, and the sociology of education, concerning both education policy and socialization processes. He is author of several books and articles, among which M.S. Archer, A. Maccarini (Eds.), Engaging with the World. Agency, Institutions, Historical Formations, Routledge, London and New York, 2013; A. Maccarini, E. Morandi, R. Prandini (Eds.), Sociological Realism, Routledge, London and New York, 2011.

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ColinProfessor Colin Wight
University of Sydney, Australia 

Colin Wight’s research interests originate in the desire to explore and understand the fragmented nature of International Relations Theory and to embed this understanding in wider intellectual and public debates. Although primarily interested in theory all his work is constructed around the desire to understand, and show, how theoretical work impacts on empirical research; the Political Studies piece on ‘The Agent-Structure Problem and Institutional Racism’ being a good example of this. His Cambridge University Press book, Agents Structures and International Relations, examines the manner in which differing theories conceptualise the key units of analysis that are claimed to contribute to the processes of International Relations, and attempts to show how these understandings play a role in substantive empirical research and the practice of international politics. He is also interested in all aspects of political violence and is currently completeing a book on Terrorism, Violence and the State. He moved to Sydney in January 2001, having previously worked at Exter, Sheffield and Aberystwyth. He is currently the Editor in Chief of the European Journal of International Relations. He is keen to supervise PhD students on any aspect of International Relations.

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