Executive Committee 2015-2017

President: Frank Welz (represents ESA and chairs the executive)

Vice-Presidents: Laura Horn (chair, RN council), Eleni Nina-Pazarzi (repr. conf. 2017), Sue Scott (chair, NA council) 

Treasurer: Kathrin Komp

Executive administrator: Gisèle Tchinda-Falcucci

(all office operations, supports the Executive, members database, cooperates with LOC secretariat)


(1) Communication and Publications Committee: Marta Soler (chair); Lena Näre (co-chair); Elena Danilova; Monica Massari; Eleni Nina-Pazarzi; Csaba Szalo; Frank Welz

(newsletter & website; journals ES and EJCPS, editorial boards, book-series, relations with publisher)

(2) Conference Committee: Christian Fuchs (chair); Nilay Cabuk Kaya; Tomas Kostelecky; Hans-Peter Mueller; Eleni Nina-Pazarzi; Frank Welz

(conference programme, ExeC-LOC-relations)

(3) External Relations Committee: Frank Welz (chair); Sue Scott (chair, NA Council); Airi-Alina Allaste; Kathrin Komp; Marta Soler; Csaba Szalo 

(relations with EASSH, ERC, ISE, National Associations / ISA and other bodies)

Council of National Associations: Sue Scott (chair, elected by  NAs) 

(4) Finance Committee: Kathrin Komp (chair; treasurer); Tomas Kostelecky; Ruth McDonald

(budget & financial report, financial decisions)

(5) Nomination Committee: tba

(6) Policy Committee: 
Kathrin Komp (chair); Laura Horn 

(membership, fees, statutes, ethical guidelines, bylaws)

(7) Post-graduate Research Committee: Airi-Alina Allaste (chair); Helena Serra (co-chair); Monica Massari; Ruth McDonald; Lena Näre

(PhD Workshop 2016 & ESA summer school 2017)

(8) RN Committee (Research Networks): Laura Horn (chair, elected by RNs); Christian Fuchs; Ruth McDonald; Helena Serra; Elena Danilova

(all relations and communications with RNs)

From left to right: Nilay Çabuk Kaya, Monica Massari, Kathrin Komp, Marta Soler, Laura Horn, Lena Näre, Airi-Alina Allaste, Sue Scott, Frank Welz, Ruth McDonald, Peter Holley, Csaba Szalo, Elena Danilova, Gisèle Tchinda-Falcucci, Helena Serra, Eleni Nina-Pazarzi, Tomas Kostelecky.
Missing: Christian Fuchs, Hans-Peter Mueller.

Executive committee members:

 Frank Welz (president)
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Biography: Prof. Frank Welz (Austria) teaches sociology at Innsbruck University. After studying sociology, history, philosophy and psychology he received his PhD from Freiburg and his Habilitation (professor) from Innsbruck. He publishes on social theory and sociology of law, currently researches into governmentality and contemporary subjectivities.2007-2011 he coordinatedESA RN29 on social theory. He organized the network's midterm conference Social theory and the sociological discipline(s) at Innsbruck and coordinated further meetings in Lisbon, Prague, Geneva. He has served as ESA vice-president 2011-13 and 2013-15 and he further served as vice-president of the Austrian Sociological Association. 

Airi-Alina Allaste
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Biography: Airi-Alina Allaste is a professor of sociology at Tallinn University. She studied sociology in Estonian Institute of Humanities and completed her PhD in Helsinki University. She has been the director of the Institute for International and Social Studies for the last 7 years and vice president of the Estonian Sociological Association for the last 4 years.
In 2008 she was a Fulbright scholar and recently was a visiting professor at Griffith University, Australia and ÅboAkademi, Finland.
She has served as a National Coordinator and Working Package Leader for various international projects including the EC 7th FP project Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement. She has also been responsible for organising several international conferences including NYRIS 12: Nordic Youth Research Symposium (Tallinn, Estonia, 2013).
She has published numerous peer reviewed articles and recently edited 5 books including ‘Back in the West’: Changing Lifestyles in Transforming Societies. Peter Lang 2013.

Nilay Çabuk Kaya
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Biography: Nilay  Çabuk  Kaya   is  a Professor of Sociology at the University of Ankara, Turkey.   She is currently to serve as  vice-president of Turkish Sociological Association (TSA). She  is also in the board of  ESA RN33-“Women's and Gender Studies” and  
Regional Representatives of the Middle East and West Asia in the ISA RC 32 ‘Women in Society’. She holds a BA an MA from Ege University, İzmir/Turkey and a PhD (1994) from the Durham University at UK. Her research focuses on gender inequalities, gendered processes of work, women employment at factory,  women empowerment, women domestic violence and femicide. She has worked as a consultant on various projects funded by national (TUBİTAK,) and international (WorldBank, UNDP, EU, IFC, EBDR) bodies, and published in  national and international journals.

Elena Danilova
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Biography: Elena Danilova is Head of Department of the Institute of Sociology at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. She graduated from the Faculty of Geography at Moscow State University (1982), specializing in Economic and Social Geography. Her doctoral dissertation (1997) was devoted to the study of social identities in post-Soviet Russia. Her academic interests focus on comparative studies of cultural and institutional aspects of social transformations in the societies of Eastern Europe and China. She published series of articles in Russian and international sociological journals, and edited and contributed to several books. She has experience of working as a member of ESA Executive committee and as a Vice-president of the ESA. Currently, Danilova is chairing the RN36 “Sociology of Transformations: West and East” which is successfully developing.

Christian Fuchs
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Biography: Christian Fuchs is Professor at the University of Westminster and Director of the Centre for Social Media Research. He has been Chair of ESA’s Research Network 18, Sociology of Communications and Media Research, between 2011 and 2015. His research focuses on critical theory, critical political economy, social theory, media, culture and society, and the Internet and society. He is editor of the open access journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique and an editorial board member of the European Journal of Social Theory and Critical Sociology. He is author of books such as Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age (2008), Social Media: A Critical Introduction (2014), and Reading Marx in the Information Age (2016). 
His approach to the social sciences stresses the need for a critical theoretical and empirical sociology that critically understands contemporary societies’ power structures and for a critical public sociology that is a forum for the public engagement with and intellectual intervention into society’s contemporary political challenges.

Kathrin Komp
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Biography: Kathrin Komp is assistant professor in Sociology at Helsinki University, Finland. She specializes in country-comparative studies of population ageing, the life-course, welfare states, and social effects of the 2008 economic crisis. She had more than 20 publications up till date, among them several scientific articles and a text book for students. She was a fellow of the “Future Leaders in Ageing Research”-programme 2011-2013, and received a Marie Curie grant in 2015. She was chair of the Research Network on Ageing in Europe (RN1) of the European Sociological Association 2013-2015. 

Tomas Kostelecky
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Biography: Tomáš Kostelecký is the Director of the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and a senior researcher in its Department of Local and Regional Studies. He is interested in the analysis of spatial aspects of human behaviour, local, regional, and comparative politics, socio-spatial inequalities and the social and political consequences of metropolisation and suburbanisation. He is the author of a number of booksand regularly publishes work in domestic and international journals. Currently, he serves as the chair of the Local Organizing Committee of 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association in Prague. 

Monica Massari
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Biography: Monica Massari (1971), Ph.D, is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Naples “Federico II” where she teaches Sociology. During the past few years she has been focussing on issues related to stereotypes, prejudices and new forms of racism at European level and dynamics of identity and recognition within multi-cultural societies, after several years spent in the analysis of organized crime and illegal markets in the context of globalization. Among her recent publications published in edited books and journals are: At the Edge of Europe: the Phenomenon of Irregular Migration from Libya to Italy (Palgrave, 2015 forthcoming), Musulmane e moderne. Spunti di riflessione su donne, islam e costruzioni sociali della modernità in Europa (in Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia 3/2014), Uno come te. Europei e nuovi europei nei percorsi di integrazione (co-editor, Franco Angeli, 2014), The Sacra Corona Unita. Origins, Characteristics and Strategies (Springer, 2014), Guns in the Family. Mafia violence in Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and Corpi in transito: prostituzione migrante, relazioni di genere e modelli culturali (Rubbettino, 2013). 

Ruth McDonald
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Biography: I am Professor of Health Science Research and Policy in a UK university. My research is concerned with professions, organisations and public policy, mainly in health related fields. 
I am a former coordinator of my RN and during 2013 to 2015 I served as the Research Network (RN) representative on ESA's Executive Committee. 
I am keen to ensure that the RN voice is strongly represented at the executive meetings, but I also want to encourage more dialogue between the executive and RNs. I want to contribute to getting ESA work done in a way that makes life easier for ESA's members. I was a hospital finance director before I became an academic and if I am elected I will volunteer to take on the role of ESA Treasurer when the current Treasurer steps down in summer 2015. 

Hans-Peter Müller
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Biography: Hans-Peter Müller is Professor of Sociology at Humboldt-University in Berlin (Germany). He studied economics and social sciences at the University of Augsburg, completed his PhD and Habilitation at the University of Heidelberg and has taught at Humboldt-University since 1992. Since then he has been editor-in-chief of the Berliner Journal für Soziologie. He has been J.F.K. Fellow at Harvard University (USA), Max-Weber Visiting Professor at NYU (USA) and has held visiting professorships at Budapest, Helsinki, Paris, Rome, Princeton and Berkeley. His research fields include social and political theory, social inequality, and political and cultural sociology. His recent publications (2014) include Max Weber-Handbuch: Leben-Werk-Wirkung with Steffen Sigmund (Stuttgart: Metzler) and Pierre Bourdieu: Eine systematische Einführung. (Frankfurt a.M.: Suhrkamp). Müller loves discourse and debate as well as networking in the field of European sociology.

Lena Näre
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Biography: Lena Näre is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Helsinki (Finland) and Editor-in-Chief of the Nordic Journal of Migration Research. She holds a DPhil in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on social inequalities, migration, gender, labour and ethnographic methods. She is currently leading two research projects: one on migrant youth employment and the other on irregular migration and precarious work. Her work has been published in, for example, Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Men and Masculinities, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. She is board member of Nordic Migration Research.

Eleni Nina-Pazarzi
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Biography: Eleni Nina-Pazarzi is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Business Administration, University of Piraeus (Greece). She is also a Member of Athens Bar Association and was President of TADKY between 1996 and 2002. She is project manager of the EU program “E@mediate”, Institutional and Academic Coordinator of EPEAEK “Gender Equality and Employment”, ARTEMIS – EQUAL and is the Coordinator/Main Rsearcher in European and National research programs. Nina-Pazarzi teaches courses in General Sociology, Industrial Sociology, Social Psychology and Industrial Relations in the EU, as well as courses on different aspects of Gender Equality, Maritime Sociology, Business Social Responsibility, Business Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Governance, Sociological and Psychological Theories of Financial Behavior, et cetera. She is the author or editor of 12 books and about 70 essays on Sociological Theory, Gender, the Sociology of Work, et cetera. She is the treasurer of ISA Research Committee 10, a Board Member of ESA Research Network 27, Vice President of ELEGYP and in the past she has served as the President of the Hellenic Sociological Society and a Board Member of a number of professional associations

Helena Serra
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Biography: Helena Serra is Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon (Portugal). She has published on healthcare research and organizations, and given several keynote presentations at international conferences. She is member of the current ESA Executive Committee; a member of ESA Research Network 19, Sociology of Professions; and a Board Member of ESA Research Network 16, Sociology of Health and Illness. She is also President-elect of the ISA's Research Committee 52, Sociology of Professional Groups. In addition to a book and several book chapters, her journal articles include "Medical Technocracies in Liver Transplantation: drawing boundaries in medical practices", published in Health (2010).

Marta Soler-Gallart
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Biography: Marta Soler-Gallart, PhD (Harvard), is Professor of Sociology and Director of CREA Research Centre at the University of Barcelona. She is Board member at the Catalan Sociological Association and Vice-Chair of the ESA Research Network 29, Social Theory. She is the Editor of “International Sociology” and belongs to the ORCID Board of Directors. Expert Evaluator and Ethical Reviewer for the Framework Programme of Research, European Commission. Currently, Main Researcher of the H2020 project SOLIDUS and Knowledge Management Coordinator of the FP7 project IMPACT-EV. She has published in journals such as Current Sociology and Qualitative Inquiry, and has co-authored a book with John Searle.

Csaba Szalo
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Biography: Csaba Szaló teaches sociology at Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic). He has enduring interest in social theory and cultural sociology. In recent years he has been working on transnational migration, urban memory and European identity politics. In the last decade he has been involved in the ESA' s Research Network 29, Social Theory, as board member, vice-coordinator and coordinator. He is currently a Chair at the Department of Sociology, Masaryk University.

Laura Horn
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Biography: I am Associate Professor in the Department of Society and Globalisation at Roskilde University, Denmark. My research is situated within Critical Political Economy, with a specific research focus on corporate power and regulation in Europe. I have also worked on social struggles and contestation in the context of the ongoing crisis in  Europe. I have been on the board of RN06 since 2009, since 2013 as chair. I have been part of the network since it was established in 2005 at the ESA conference in Torun. As part of the RN board I have been following the developments of the governance of ESA closely, in particular with regard to the relationship between the research networks and the executive committee. RN06 is one of the smaller networks, but we have been actively involved in the discussions of the statutes, and overall role of research networks and streams within the ESA.  

Sue Scott
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Biography: Professor Sue Scott is a sociologist who has researched and published widely in the areas of gender; sexuality, risk; the body and childhood.  She is a past President of the British Sociological Association and a current Trustee. She is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences. Sue has been a member of the ESA since 1992 and has attended all but 2 of it’s the annual conferences – representing the BSA at the Committee of National Associations during her period of office as BSA President. She has held academic posts at a number of UK Universities including Professorships at Stirling and Durham. From 2005-9 she was Executive Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University and from 2009-12 Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at Glasgow Caledonian University. She currently holds an Honorary Professorship at the University of York is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and a Visiting Professor at the University of Helsinki. She is Co Managing Editor of the online social science magazine Discover Society. Sue has a great deal of experience of chairing committees and groups and of representing organizations in a range of national and international contexts.


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