Distinguished Service to British Sociology Award

About the Award

This prestigious award is judged on service to British sociology and awarded to the outstanding individual who has contributed most to the discipline by leading an extraordinary life as a sociologist.

All BSA members are eligible and the winner will be presented with the award by BSA President, Susan Halford during a special virtual ceremony.

Call for Nominations

We are now inviting nominations from BSA members for the Distinguished Service to British Sociology Award 2021.

If you wish to nominate someone for this award, please send a completed Nomination Form to Margaret Luke.

Please note that anyone you wish to nominate must be a fully-paid up member of the BSA also.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, 4 October 2021.

2020 Winner: Professor Liz Stanley

Image of Liz StanleyWe are delighted to announce that Professor Liz Stanley, of the University of Edinburgh, has been awarded the Distinguished Service to British Sociology Award for 2020.

"It is difficult to imagine anyone more worthy of this award than Prof Liz Stanley. For over 40 years, she has been at the cutting edge of sociological research. From her early work, with Sue Wise, in the late 1970s, through to her most recent work on memory and commemoration in South Africa, Liz has made invaluable contributions to our sociological toolkit. Her pioneering work on feminism, narratives, autobiography and archival methods have pushed the boundaries of sociological research. I am delighted that she has won this prestigious award." said Louise Ryan, Professor of Sociology, University of Sheffield and BSA vice-chair of trustees.

On receiving the award, Professor Stanley said, "The BSA has been an important presence throughout my academic career and I’m thrilled and honoured to be given its Distinguished Service Award for 2020, joining previous recipients who I admire greatly. Thank you."

The Distinguished Service panel are delighted to confer this prestigious award to Liz.

Past Winners

  • 2019 - Professor Alan Warde
  • 2018 - Professor John Solomos
  • 2017 - Professor Sara Arber
  • 2016 - Professor David Morgan
  • 2015 - Professor John Eldridge
  • 2014 - Professor John Scott
  • 2013 - Sara Delamont
  • 2012 Inaugural Award - Professor Jennifer Platt