Göran Therborn Curriculum vitae.
Personal data: Born in 23.9 l941, in Kalmar, Sweden, Swedish citizen. Permanent address:
Byvägen 4, 38892 Ljungbyholm, Sweden. Telephone: 46-480-30613. .Married, two
Current Position: Professor emeritus, University of Cambridge, UK, still attached to the
university department as teacher and supervisor of PhD students. Affiliated professor
of sociology at Linnaeus University, Sweden. Fellow of Research Collegium at
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany,
Education: Studies of sociology, political science, and economics at Lund University, Lund,
Sweden. Fil. kand. in l965, fil. lic. in l97l. PhD (sociology) from Lund University in
l974 (old system, roughly equivalent to a German Habilitation or a French doctorat ).
June 3 2011, Doctor honoris causa, Helsinki University, Finland
May 29 2010, Doctor honoris causa, Linnaeus University, Sweden
March 2010 Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK
September 21st 2007, Doctor honoris causa, Roskilde University, Denmark
2004- 2008 Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Mannheim-based European
Network of Excellence on European Governance, CONNEX
April-May 2004, professeur invité, Institut des sciences politiques, Paris, France
Member of the Scientific Advisory Board (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat), Wissenschaftszentrum
zu Berlin 2002-2006
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Sociology Program, RSSS, Australian National University,
Canberra (July-August l999 and January-March l997)
European Chair of Social Policy, ELTE, Budapest (spring semester l996)
l989-l99l the (only) representative of the social sciences on the Cabinet Advisory Council on
Research, Sweden.
Simon Senior Research Fellow, University of Manchester, England (l985)
Listed in Who´s Who from 2007, The Contemporary Who´s Who? From 2003, in One
Thousand Great Scientists, in the Dictionary of Eminent Social Scientists, and in the
Swedish National Encyclopedia
Previous post-doctoral jobs:
2008-2010 Professor emeritus and Director of Research, University of Cambridge, UK
2006-2008 Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of Cambridge, UK
1996-2007 co-Director of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences,
Uppsala (on leave 2007-8, emeritus 2008); from July 1st 2003 also University
Professor of Sociology by Cabinet appointment, Uppsala University.
1987-2003 Professor of Sociology, Gothenburg University, Sweden
l981-87 Professor of Political Science, Catholic University, Nijmegen, Netherlands
l975-l981 Docent (Associate Professor) of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden
l976 appointed Professor of Sociology at Roskilde University Center, Denmark, but could not
take up the position for personal reasons.
l974 Lecturer of Sociology, Lund University, Sweden
Temporary positions held:
half October-half November l992 Visiting Professor, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras,
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
half October l992 Visiting Scholar A. E. Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and
Social Change, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin, USA
June l99l Visiting Professor, Institut für Höhere Studien zu Wien, Austria
Winter l99l Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Pol. Science, RSSS, ANU, Canberra, Australia
Spring l990 Visiting Professor, Center for Social Theory and Comparative History, and
Department of Political Science, University of California at Los Angeles, USA
Fall l987, Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, at
Uppsala, Sweden
February l987 Visiting Professor, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo,
May l986 Visiting Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld, Germany
Visiting Scholar A. E. Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change,
Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin, USA November l985
Spring l98l Visiting Professor, Institut de Science Politique, Université de Paris -I (La
Sorbonne), France
Spring l980 Acting Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Spring l978 Visiting Professor, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Mexico City,
Fall l977 Visiting Professor, Dept. of Sociology, ANU, Canberra, Australia
Fall l976 Acting Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Umeå, Sweden.
Other academic or related positions or activitites (single ordinary invited lectures and
seminars not included):
2011-2015 Fellow, Forschungskolleg “Landnahme? Acceleration and activation”, FriedrichSchiller-Universität Jena, Germany
2011-2014 Editor-in-Chief of European Societies, the journal of the European Sociological
2011 Seotember 8, “Indignation and Social Force. A Global Look at Current Turbulence”,
plenary panel speech European Sociological Association Congress in Geneva
2011 March 22, Conferencia magistral, UNAM Mexico, “Inequalities – Challenges of the 21st
2011 January, “The good is not necessarily good enough: Norwegian and Nordic sociology in
the world of tomorrow”, Inaugural speech to the Winter Seminar of the Norwegian
Sociological Association
2010 December, “The 21st Century Field of Inequalities Studies”, Inaugural lecture to
Deisgualdades workshop, Berlin, Germany
2010 November, “Median, Loser, Vanguard? Latin America in the 21st Century World”,
Inagural lecture to the congress of the Associación Latinoamericana de Población, La
Habana, Cuba
2010 Autumn semester: Master course at University of Lucerne, Switzerland, Spaces and
representations of power Capital cities in nations and in the world
2010, June, Keynote speaker at the International Consortium of Social Theory conference at
the University of Sussex, “The Dialectic and the Post-Dialectic Prospects of
2009-11 Adviser to Brazilian research project on violence and inequality, coordinated by
Professor S. Adorno, University of Säo Paolo
2009, November Keynote lecture to the national conference of the Greek Sociological
Association, Athens, “The (Re)Production of (In)Equalities”
2009, November, Keynote lecture, 50th Anniversary of the Sociology Department of
Gothenburg University, “Challenges to global sociology”
2009, March, Keynote speaker, conference on Welfare and Values in Europe, Uppsala
2008, September, co-organizer of workshop on African capital cities, in Dakar, Senegal
2008 July, Lecturer at Summer School for ex-USSR university teachers of social science, St
Petersburg state university (funded by the EU)
2007, September, co-organizer of workshop on Southeast Asian capital cities, in Bangkok,
2007, September Expert Consultant and workshop opening speaker to the UN on social
2007, July, Teaching summer course on global society and global issues at Korea University,
2007, June, Keynote speaker to CINEFOGO (European Network of Excellence) midterm
conference on European citizenship, at Roskilde University Centre
2006 Evaluator of Sociological Institue at Zurich University, Switzerland
April 2006 Speaker, Annual Signe Karlström Event, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor,
“The Making of Equality: Socical Processes and Swedish Experiences”
April 2006 Distinguished Lecture on Europe, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, “ The
Union of Europe: From Europeanization to Global Ambition and Global
2005-6 (December, January) Teaching course on Comparative Sociology at Dept. of
Sociology, University of Vienna
2005 United Nations expert consultant on social inclusion
2005 Evaluator of social science research, Helsinki University, Finland
2005 Keynote speaker, Congress of European Sociological Association, “Rethinking
2005 Lecturer at the Intenational Summer School of Oslo University, course “Global Europe”
2004 Expert consultant on Family in the world to UN Economic Commission for Latin
America and the Caribbean
2003 Plenary speaker, Brazilian Congress of Sociology, in Campinas
2003 Plenary speaker , Congress of European Sociological Association in Helsinki
1999 Academic Hearing for DGXII of the European Commission (September), and for the
Portuguese Pre-Presidency of the European Union (December)
1999 Evaluator of sociology, social psychology, social policy, and of the Swedish School of
Social Science at Helsinki University, Finland
1999- 2001Chairman of inter-disciplinary and inter-university research committee on Global
Processes, set up by FRN (Swedish Council for Planning and Co-ordination of
l996-99, Chairman of FRN interdisciplinary and inter-university research committee on
Global processes from a European perspective,
l994- 2002 Member, Executive Committee, International Sociological Association
1994-96 Member, Executive Committee European Sociological Association
l992-94 President, Nordic Sociological Association
l99l- 93 President, Swedish Sociological Association.
l992-96 member of the Scientific Council of the Swedish Labour Market Board
l990-l995 member of the Scientific Council of the Archive and Museum of White Collar
Employees, Sweden
l992, member of the Swedish team for the evaluation of Estonian social science, upon the
invitation of the Estonian Science Fund
l992 member of Evaluation Commission of Dutch departments of sociology
l992-96 On the board of directors of: the Centre for Ibero-American studies, the Seminar for
Middle East Studies, and of the Centre for Public Sector Studies, all at Gothenburg
University, Sweden.
l989, external evaluator of the social policy studies program at the Catholic University of
Brabant (Netherlands).
Columnist, Dagens Nyheter (Stockholm) l989-90
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Göran Therborn Curriculum vitae. Personal data: Born in 23.9 l941