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Professor Anthony Elliott 

Position: Director: Hawke Research Institute/Research Professor of Sociology Professor Anthony Elliott
Division/Portfolio: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
School/Unit: Division Office Research EAS
Group: Hawke Research Institute
Campus: Underdale Campus
Office: X2-05
Telephone: +61 8 830 21084
Fax: +61 8 830 22973
Email: Anthony_dot_Elliott_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Anthony.Elliott
(Anthony Elliott is currently on leave - last day on leave is Thursday, 24 April 2014)


Other Contacts

Maureen Cotton, Personal Assistant to the Director, HRI: +61 8 830 22964

Lynette Copus, Institute Manager: +61 8 830 21007


Anthony Elliott was educated at the universities of Melbourne and Cambridge, where he was supervised by Lord Anthony Giddens, architect of the Blair Government’s Third Way. Professor Elliott is the author and editor of some 35 books, which have been translated or are forthcoming in over a dozen languages. In 2012 he was appointed Director of the Hawke Research Institute, where he is Research Professor of Sociology at the University of South Australia.

Professor Elliott has held various professorships and fellowships in Australia and abroad. Following two consecutive ARC Research Fellowships at the University of Melbourne, he was appointed to a Research Chair in the UK in 1999. He subsequently became Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, prior to returning to Australia in 2006 to take up the Chair of Sociology at Flinders University, where he was for a period both Head of Department and Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

Professor Elliott is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and a member of King's College, Cambridge. He contributes to media worldwide: amongst others, he has been recently been interviewed by the BBC World Service, The Sunday Times, ABC Radio National, The Australian, BBC Radio 4, GMTV Sunday as well as European and North American radio and television networks.

He is currently Visiting Research Chair in Sociology at the Open University, UK; and Visiting Professor in Sociology and Visiting Fellow at the Social Science Research Centre, University College Dublin, Ireland. In 2013 he will take up a Visiting Fellowship at the Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin.

Professor Elliott is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, and a member of King’s College, Cambridge.


Professional associations

Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)

LearningMiles, Finland


Qualifications

1986 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne

1991 Doctor of Philosophy, Cambridge University


Research interests

  • ARC Discovery Grant, 2012-14: 'Investigating international work-related travel, global airports and transnational networks: innovation, shape and boundaries of mobile lifestyles', with Prof. John Urry, Mobilities Laboratory, Lancaster University, UK, $150,000.
  • ARC Linkage Grant, 2012-13: 'Trust makers, breakers and brokers: building trust in the Australian food system', with researchers from Adelaide University; City University, London; University of Kent, UK; Department of Health (SA) and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, $209,580.
  • ARC Discovery Grant, 2008-12: 'Australian global identities: images of globalization, transnationalism and individualism among new expatriates', with Professor Charles Lemert, Yale University, USA, $250,000.
  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2011: 'The paradox of melancholia', with A/Prof J. Rutherford and Prof. B. Castro.
  • International Science Linkage Grant, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2010: 'The new individualism and Japanese economy and society', $7500.

Research publications

Recent books

Reinvention, London and New York: Routledge, 2013.

The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Japanese Social Theory: From Individualization to Globalization in Japan Today, with Atsushi Sawai and Masataka Katagiri, London and New York, Routledge, 2013.

On Society, with Bryan S. Turner, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012.

The Routledge Handbook of Identity Studies, London and New York: Routledge, 2011.

Mobile Lives, with John Urry, London and New York: Routledge, 2010.

Globalization, with Charles Lemert, Daniel Chaffee and Eric Hsu, London and New York: Routledge, 2010.

The Routledge Companion to Social Theory, Editor, London and New York: Routledge, 2009.

Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction, London and New York: Routledge, 2009.

Identity in Question, edited with Paul du Gay, London and Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2009.

Making the Cut: How Cosmetic Surgery is Transforming Our Lives, London: Reaktion and Chicago University Press, 2008.

Recent articles

'Miniaturized mobilities: transformations in the storage, containment and retrieval of affect', Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, 2013, 18: 71–80. doi:10.1057/pcs.2012.51

Anthony Elliott with Annabelle Wilson, John Coveney, Julie Henderson, Samantha Meyer, Michael Calnan, Martin Caraher, Trevor Webb and Paul Ward, 'Trust makers, breakers and brokers: building trust in the Australian food system', BMC Public Health, 2013, 13: 229. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-229.

'New individualist configurations and the social imaginary: Castoriadis and Kristeva', European Journal of Social Theory, 2012 (3): 1-17.

'Debating "the social": towards a critique of sociological nostalgia', with Bryan S. Turner, Societies, 2012, 2, 1-x manuscripts; doi:10.3390/soc10x000x

'I want to look like that! Cosmetic surgery and celebrity culture', Cultural Sociology, 2011, 5(4).

'The new individualism after the great global crash', Journal of Studies in Contemporary Sociological Theory, 2010, 4: 54-66.

'The new individualism and contemporary Japan: theoretical avenues, Japanese sociology and Japan’s economy', with Masataka Katagiri and Atsushi Sawai, Journal of Studies in Contemporary Sociological Theory, 2010, 4: 67-92.

'Drastic plastic and the global electronic economy', Society, 2009, 46(4): 357-362.

Recent book chapters

'Psychoanalysis and social theory' in C. Crothers (ed.), UNESCO Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences: Historical Development and Theoretical Approaches in Sociology, New York: EOLSS, 2011, pp. 303-333.

'The globality of globals: from floating to escape routes' in Luis L.M. Aguiar and Christopher J. Schneider (eds), Researching amongst Elites: Challenges and Opportunities in Studying Up, UK: Ashgate, 2012, pp. 141-157.

'New global elites' in Peter Beilharz and Trevor Hogan (eds), Sociology Antipodean Perspectives, 2nd edn, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 486-490.

'Editors introduction' in A. Elliott, M. Katagiri and A. Sawai (eds), The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Japanese Social Theory: From Individualization to Globalization in Japan Today, London and New York: Routledge, 2013, pp. 1-13.

'On passionate dissent' in A. Elliott, M. Katagiri and A. Sawai (eds), The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Japanese Social Theory: From Individualization to Globalization in Japan Today, London and New York: Routledge, 2013, pp. 63-67

'The three selves in Japanese society' in A. Elliott, M. Katagiri and A. Sawai (eds), The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Japanese Social Theory: From Individualization to Globalization in Japan Today, London and New York: Routledge, 2013.


Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Sociology

  • identity and lifestyle change
  • cosmetic surgery
  • globalization and the global electronic economy
  • sexuality and intimacy
  • the future and 'social futures'

Research Degree Supervisor

I have successfully supervised and co-supervised postdoctoral students to completion in the areas of social theory, sociology, psychoanalysis, identity studies and cultural studies.




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