ESA Best Article Awards

The European Sociological Association presented in 2021 its first edition of the ESA Best Article Awards. This award honours the Best Article published in each one of the ESA journals, European Societies and European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, in the two preceding years. Articles being considered must present original research. 

2021 Award Criteria


  • A waiver on the 15th ESA Conference fee or reimbursement
  • An invitation to present the article in a Midday Special session of the 15th ESA Conference.
  • A certificate as winner of the ‘ESA Best Article Award’, publicly announced at the Closing Ceremony.
  • The article free of access for a period of 6 to 12 months.
  • Dissemination of the article through ESA’s website & Social Media.

 An "Honorable Mention" for the runner-up.

2021 Selection Committee Members

For the 2021 edition, the selection committee will be integrated by the following members:

 • Maria Carmela Agodi • Paul Blokker • Paola Borgna • Lígia Ferro • Sebastian Koos • Michalis Lianos • Tiziana Nazio • Ludger Pries • Marta Soler Gallart • Irina Tartakovskaya • Ionela Vlase

Selection Process

  • The editors of each journal made up to 3 proposals of articles published in their respective journals to be considered for the award. Each member of the Selection Committee could make one additional proposal of an article for each of the journals to be considered.

  • The Selection Committee revised and discussed the proposals and selected one award for each journal by majority of votes. 

2021 Winners & Runner-ups

Winner of the ESA Best Article Award 2021 – European Societies (ES)
Ditte Andersen | Stuck! Welfare state dependency as lived experience  

Winner of the ESA Best Article Award 2021 – European Journal of Cultural & Political Sociology (EJCPS)
Mona Mannevuo | Anxious politicians: Productivity imperatives in the Finnish Parliament  

Runner-up of the ESA Best Article Award 2021 – European Societies (ES)
Marcello Natili | The right(s) and minimum income in hard times: Southern and Eastern Europe compared

Runner-up of the ESA Best Article Award 2021 – European Journal of Cultural & Political Sociology (EJCPS)
Dorit Geva | Non au gender: Moral epistemics and French conservative strategies of distinction 


ESA Young Scholar Award

The European Sociological Association presented the first edition of the Young Scholar Award in 2021. This award honours the best paper from a PhD dissertation.

2021 Award Criteria


  • The winner was publicly announced at the closing ceremony, where he/she received a diploma and award.
  • Waiver on the 15th ESA Conference fee and of membership for one term (2 years)
  • Invitation to present the paper in a Midday Special session of the 15th Conference
  • Recommendation for publication at one of the ESA journals

Eligibility of applicants

Applicants must have had presented their PhD dissertation within the two last years (2019-2020).


1. Original paper. Applicants should present an original paper that has not been sent for publication elsewhere. The paper should comply with the following guidelines:

  • Language: English
  • Abstract: 150-250 words
  • 5 keywords
  • Extension: max. 6000 words (excluding references)
  • References: APA 7th edition
  • Format: Word

To ensure anonymity, papers should not include any reference to the author or include the name of the author in any way (headers, authorship…).

2. Cover letter. It should include family and first name of the applicant, e-mail address and the title of the paper. The cover letter should also provide an explanation of the relationship of the paper with the PhD dissertation and its contribution to sociology and the social sciences field.

3. Letter of endorsement from PhD supervisor. This should explain the nature and merits of the work done by the applicant, and provide an overview of the candidate’s academic excellence.

4. Short CV (max 2 pages)

  • Your Full Name
  • Academic affiliation (Department, University)
  • Country (where registered for PhD)
  • Year of PhD completion
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Name, institutional affiliation, and email address of your primary supervisor

Selection Criteria

Papers were assessed through the following criteria:

  • Scientific relevance and strength of the research
  • Theoretical & analytical framework
  • Adequacy of the methodological approach and design of the study
  • Originality of the contribution
  • Clarity of style

The cover letter, CV and endorsement were requisites to the evaluation process. In case that one of these documents was absent, the application was considered for evaluation.

2021 Selection Committee Members:

For the 2021 edition, the selection committee was integrated by the following members:

Milica Antic Gaber • Paul Blokker • Dilek Cindoglu • Lígia Ferro • Yuliya Kosyakova • Gerben Moerman • Apostolos Papadopoulos

Winners & Runner-ups

Winner of the ESA Young Scholar Award 2021
Felipe Gonzalez Santos | Rocking the Boat of Eviction: Personal availability and Empowerment in Social Movement Organizations  

Runner-up of the ESA Young Scholar Award 2021
Sara Merlini | Misrecognising gender: beyond binary accomplishments