Social and political theorist
ICREA Research Professor in Social Sciences at the University of Barcelona. With a PhD in Political Science from the University of Berlin, he has worked as an academic in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Norway, the United States and South Africa. He has been a researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum für Sozialforschung in Berlin and professor of Sociology at the universities of Warwick and Trento, and professor of Social and Political Theory at the European University Institute in Florence. His areas of research are comparative and analytical studies of different forms of social, economic and political modernity, and the historical trajectories of modern societies. Since 2010 he has been director of the TRAMOD (Trajectories of Modernity: Comparison of European and Non-European Varieties) international research group at the University of Barcelona. Among his publications are the books Modernity as Experience and Interpretation: A New Sociology of Modernity (Polity, 2008) and Modernity: Understanding the Present (Polity, 2012). Recently he has edited The Moral Mappings of South and North (Edinburgh University Press, 2017).
Update: 22 June 2018