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.

The award is open to all BSA members and the winner will be presented with the award by the BSA President at the Annual Conference in April.

Call for Nominations

We are now inviting nominations for the Distinguished Service to British Sociology Award 2018.

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.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, 31 January 2018.

2017 Winner: Professor Sara Arber

photoThe 2017 BSA Distinguished Service to British Sociology award was awarded to Professor Sara Arber.

She was given the award by the President of the BSA, Professor Lynn Jamieson, at the BSA's Annual Conference at the University of Manchester.

Professor Arber said she was “delighted and deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award.

"I joined the BSA in 1974, 43 years ago, and the BSA has been absolutely fundamental to my career, as have its study groups, particularly the Medical Sociology group.

"The camaraderie, collegiality, support and intellectual stimulation from the BSA and Medsoc have been invaluable."

Professor Arber is Co-director of the Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender at the University of Surrey. Her research focuses on gender and class inequalities in health, ageing and later life, and on the sociology of sleep.

Her book, Connecting Gender and Ageing (co-authored with Jay Ginn), won the 1996 Age Concern prize for the best book on ageing.

Professor Arber was President of the British Sociological Association from 1999-2001, and is currently a Vice President.

She was President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Sociology of Aging from 2006 to 2010, and was Vice President of the European Sociological Association from 2005 to 2007.

She received the British Society of Gerontology Outstanding Achievement Award 2011 for her contribution to the field of ageing.

She is currently a member of seven journal Editorial Boards, including the Journal of Aging Studies, Research on Aging, and International Journal of Social Research Methodology and is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Arts and the Academy of Social Sciences.

Past Winners

  • 2016 - Professor David Morgan
  • 2015 - Professor John Eldridge
  • 2014 - Professor John Scott
  • 2013 - Sara Delamont
  • 2012 Inaugural Award - Professor Jennifer Platt