Professor Robert van Krieken is a sociologist and socio-legal scholar who has worked for many years at the University of Sydney, and also for a time at University College Dublin, where he remains a Visiting Professor. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and currently President of Research Committee 17 Sociology of Organizations in the International Sociological Association (ISA), as well as Vice-President of RC 56 Historical Sociology.
Professor van Krieken gained his BA Honours (1st Class) degree and his PhD from the University of NSW, and his LLB degree from the University of Sydney. He has lectured and taught at a number of institutions in Europe, including the University of Vienna, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Frankfurt, University College Dublin, and the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and currently President of Research Committee 17 Sociology of Organizations in the International Sociological Association (ISA), as well as Vice-President of RC 56 Historical Sociology. He was the ISA’s Vice-President for Finance & Membership 2010-2014, and President of RC53 Sociology of Childhood 2006-2010.
Date of award
BA (1st Class Hons)
University of NSW
University of NSW
LLB (1st Class Hons)
University of Sydney
Languages (other than English)
International Sociological Association
The Australian Sociological Association
Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
At the University of Sydney Robert van Krieken has been Chair of the Department of Sociology & Social Policy, Associate Dean Research, and a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate. He has also been the ISA’s Vice-President for Finance & Membership, and is currently President of Research Committee 17 Sociology of Organizations.
Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of NSW (2017),
Research Fellow University of Hamburg’s Humanities Research Centre ‘Futures of Sustainability: Modernization, Transformation, Control’,
Professor van Krieken’s research aligns with three of the University’s research themes: Creativity, Culture and Society, Environment, Resources and Sustainability, and Data, Knowledge and Decisions. His research interests include the sociology and politics of celebrity, the structure and dynamics of processes of civilization and decivilization, and the historical and sociological analysis of the collective emotion of ressentiment as the foundation of populist politics. He is a Fellow in the University of Hamburg’s Humanities Research Centre ‘Futures of Sustainability: Modernization, Transformation, Control’, and will work to develop connections with the University’s sustainability research theme. He is working to connect his internationally-recognized expertise in relation to the work of the German sociologist Norbert Elias and related studies of processes of civilization and decivilization with both the sociology of law and the sociology of organizations, and will aim to collaborate with University researchers in developing these research connections.
Law & society
Resentment & populism
The Age of Anger and Social Media: Norbert Elias on technology, civilization and ressentiment
Law and Civilization
Fields of Research
- Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment (441001)
- Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences (280118)
Robert van Krieken has published widely in the sociology of childhood, cultural genocide and the Stolen Generations, socio-legal studies, the sociology of celebrity, and social theory. His books include Children and the State, Norbert Elias and Celebrity Society (now in its second edition), and he has published in a wide range of leading social science and socio-legal journals, including British Journal of Sociology, Sociology, Economy & Society, Theory & Society, Theory, Culture & Society, European Journal of Sociology, Modern Law Review, Sydney Law Review, Socio-Legal Studies, and Law & Social Inquiry. He is currently part of the editorial board of Journal of Sociology.
Chapter in Book(1 outputs)
|2020||van Krieken R, 'Celebrity's histories', Routledge Handbook of Celebrity Studies, Routledge, A Elliott (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 26-43. ISBN 9781315776774 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]|
Citations: Scopus - 3
Professor van Krieken has held two large ARC grants, ‘‘The stolen generations: implications for Australian civilisation, citizenship and governance’ (1999-2000) and ‘Civilizing Divorce: Social Change, Law and the Transformation of Parenthood’ (2006-2011).
|PhD||Religious Institutions, Social Change, Symbols and Same-Sex Marriage|
Candidate: Joshua Adam Boland