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Published: 17 November 2023

Professor Rachel Brooks appointed President of the British Sociological Association

Professor Rachel Brooks has been named as the next President of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and will take up the honorary, two-year position in January.

Professor Rachel Brooks
Professor Rachel Brooks

Professor Brooks, who is Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Surrey, succeeds Professor Gurminder Bhambra.

Her duties will include acting as an adviser to the Board of Trustees, hosting the annual conference, sitting on prize judging panels and presiding over award ceremonies.

Professor Brooks said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the next president of the BSA. I have been closely involved with the association throughout my career, in various capacities, and am very much looking forward to taking on this new role. Sociology has a key part to play in helping us both understand and tackle the challenges that we face in the world today, and I hope I will be a strong ambassador for the discipline.”

Professor Brooks is an editor-in-chief of the BSA journal, Sociology, an executive editor of the British Journal of Sociology of Education, a co-editor of the ‘Research into Higher Education’ book series, a member of Governing Council of the Society for Research into Higher Education, and a member of ESRC Council. She was also a member of the education sub-panel for REF 2021.

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