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Professor of Sociology

Favell_PictureAdrian Favell is a former Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po, affiliated to the Centre d’études européennes. From 1 August 2015, he is Chair in Sociology and Social Theory at University of Leeds. He was previously Professor of Sociology at UCLA and Professor of European and International Studies at Aarhus University, and has worked at the Universities of Sussex, Utrecht and Louvain-la-Neuve. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence (1995).

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An advocate of interdisciplinary, comparative and multi-methods research, his past publications include work on Islam and multiculturalism, immigration and integration in Western Europe, East-West migration in Europe, high skilled international migration, mobility and cosmopolitanism in European cities, and the sociology of European integration. He is currently writing a book about Japanese contemporary art, architecture and society since 1990, and is beginning new work on culture and society in Turkey. He also has teaching interests in analytical social theory and the philosophy of social science, as well as advanced research design and methods in the social sciences.

He is Associate Editor of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, an editorial committee member of Journal of Common Market Studies, and an editorial board member of Ethnicities.




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Research interests/Supervision

Global, regional and urban studies --- the politics, economics and cultural dynamics of cities, globalisation, regional integration, multiculturalism, nationalism, mobilities and migration, in Europe, North America or Asia. I am particularly interested in projects concerning "post-growth" societies such as Japan, and contemporary social change and politics in Turkey.



“Philosophies of Modernity: Introduction to Analytical and Critical Social Theory”, BA in Humanities

“Sociology of Modern and Postmodern Japan”, BA (Premier Cycle) Europe-Asia Campus Le Havre

“Culture in the Large Metropolis”, MPA in Governing the Large Metropolis

“Theory and Phenomenology of the Large Metropolis”, MPA in Governing the Large Metropolis

“Sociology of European Integration”, MA in European Affairs

“Migration and Mobilities in Europe”, PhD Program, Dept of Sociology, Columbia University



Visiting Professorial Fellow, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, UEA, Norwich, 2015

Nominated Alliance Visiting Professor, Columbia University, Dept of Sociology, 2014

Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, EliteForsk Research Prize, 2010

The David W.Roth and Robert H.Symonds Memorial Lecture, Yale University, School of Architecture, 2008

SSRC/Japan Foundation Abe Fellow, 2006-7



Immigration, Integration and Mobility: New Agendas in Migration Studies. Essays 1998-2014, Colchester: ECPR Press. Dec 2014, in press.

Before and After Superflat: A Short History of Japanese Contemporary Art 1990-2011, Hong Kong: Timezone 8 2012, pp.246.

Sociology of the European Union, édité par Adrian Favell et Virginie Guiraudon, London: Palgrave 2011, pp.266.

Pioneers of European Integration: Citizenship and Mobility in the EU, édité par Ettore Recchi et Adrian Favell, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, août 2009, pp.312.

Eurostars and Eurocities: Free Movement and Mobility in an Integrating Europe, Oxford: Blackwell 2008, pp.279.

The Human Face of Global Mobility: International Highly Skilled Migration in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific, édité par Michael Peter Smith et Adrian Favell, New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction (Vol.8, Comparative Urban and Community Research), mars 2006, pp.330.

The Politics of Belonging: Migrants and Minorities in Contemporary Europe, édité par Andrew Geddes et Adrian Favell, Aldershot: Ashgate/ICCR 1999, pp.227.

Philosophies of Integration: Immigration and the Idea of Citizenship in France and Britain, London: Macmillan/New York: St.Martin’s Press 1998, pp.288. (2ème édition de poche avec nouvelle preface et index publiée en juin 2001, pp.320)

New Xenophobia in Europe, édité par Bernd Baumgartl et Adrian Favell, introduction d’Ernest Gellner, Den Haag: Kluwer Law International 1995, pp. 400.


Video Lectures /Podcasts

'Islands for life: artistic responses to remote social polarization and decline in "post-growth" Japan', seminar lecture at Weatherhead East Asia Institute, Columbia University, 23 April 2014 (available as free download on iTunes HERE)

'The fourth freedom: free movement and migration in Europe before and after the crisis', seminar lecture at Blinken European Institute, Columbia University, 13 March 2014

'The human face of European free movement', conference lecture at Uppsala University, 22 March 2013

'After Cool Japan: contemporary art in the post-bubble, post-disaster society', seminar lecture at Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, Oxford University, 19 Oct 2012

'Visions of Neo-Tokyo and Real Tokyo in Japanese contemporary art', Pecha Kucha presentation, Super Deluxe, Tokyo, 27 June 2012

'London as Eurocity: French free movers in the economic capital of Europe before and after 2008', lecture at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, 19 April 2012

'European Union versus European society: new disciplinary perspectives on EU studies', keynote lecture at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, 13 April 2012

'Turkey today: Between Europe, the regional and the global', keynote lecture at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, 13 April 2012

'SimSociety social theory: Teaching theory with commercial simulation games', lecture at Sehir University, Istanbul, 12 January 2012

'The national integration paradigm: where are we now?, keynote lecture at COMPAS, Oxford University, 14 October 2010



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'Echigo-Tsumari and the art of the possible: the philosophy of Fram Kitagawa in theory and practice', in The Echigo-Tsumari Concept Book, Princeton Architectural Press 2015, in press.

'Islands for life: artistic responses to remote social polarisation and population decline in Japan', in Stephanie Assmann (ed) Sustainability in Post-Growth Rural Japan: Challenges and Opportunities. Routledge 2015, in press.

'Les métamorphoses de l'intégration dans une Europe sans frontières internes', Idées, Mar 2015, pp.30-35.

'The contemporary art market in Galapagos: Japan and the global art world', in Olav Velthuis and Stefano Baio-Curioni (eds.) Cosmopolitan Canvases: The Globalization of Markets for Contemporary Art. Oxford University Press Mar 2015, pp.238-263.

'Islands for life: artistic responses in post-Bubble Japan', feature article and interview in Urban China, special edition on 'Post-Bubble Urbanism', no.68, Jan 2015, pp.90-93 [in Chinese]. Full transcript of interview in English available HERE.

'Creative East-West cosmopolitanism? The changing role of international mobility for young Japanese contemporary artists', in Yasemin Soysal (ed), Transnational Trajectories: Nation, Citiezenship and Region in East Asia. Routledge Jan 2015, pp.83-105.

'Migration theory rebooted: asymmetric challenges in a global agenda', in Caroline Brettell and James Hollifield (eds.), Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines (3rd ed). Routledge Oct 2014, pp.318-328.

'The fourth freedom: theories of migration and mobilities in "neo-liberal" Europe', European Journal of Social Theory, vol.17, no.3, Aug 2014, pp.275-289.

'The UK has been one of the main beneficiaries from free movement of labour in the EU',  European Policy and Politics (EUROPP), online policy briefing, LSE, July 2014

'A tightly bordered EU is at odds with Britain's openness', Policy Network, online policy briefing, May 2014

'Visions of Tokyo in Japanese contemporary art', Impressions: The Journal of the Japanese Art Society of America, vol.35, April 2014, pp.69-83.

'Winners and losers? Citizens and sceptics? European integration and the spread of cosmopolitanism' (with David Reimer), EUCROSS Policy Brief No.1, Sept 2013

'The changing face of "integration" in a mobile Europe', Perspectives on Europe (Council for European Studies), Spring 2013, pp.53-58.

‘Visions of Neo-Tôkyô: culture pop dans l'art contemporaine japonais’, catalogue essay for touring exhibition Mangapolis! La Ville Japonaise Contemporaine dans la Manga, April 2012, pp.212-27.

‘Governmentality, political field or public sphere? Theoretical alternatives in the political sociology of the EU’ (with Ann Zimmermann), European Journal of Social Theory, vol.14, no.4, Dec 2011, pp.489-516.

‘The Europeanisation of Everyday Life: Cross-Border Practices and Transnational Identifications among EU and Third-Country Citizens’ (with Ettore Recchi, Theresa Kuhn, Janne Solgaard Jensen and Juliane Klein), State of the Art Report for FP7 EUCROSS project, Working Paper #1, pp.54, Oct 2011

‘Bye Bye Little Boy’, Art in America, April 2011, 86-91

‘Social mobility and spatial mobility’ (with Ettore Recchi), in Sociology of the European Union, edited by Adrian Favell and Virginie Guiraudon, London: Palgrave, Feb 2011, pp.50-75.

Tokyo to LA story: how Southern California became the gateway for a Japanese global pop art phenomenon’, Kontur, no.20, déc. 2010, pp.56-71.

European citizenship in three Eurocities: a sociological approach to the European Union’, Politique Européenne, no.30, mars 2010, pp.187-224.


The sociology of the European Union: an agenda’ (avec Virginie Guiraudon), European Union Politics, 10,4 déc. 2009, pp.550-576.

Pioneers of European integration: an introduction’ (avec Ettore Recchi), chap. in Pioneers of European Identity: Citizenship and Mobility in the EU, édité par Ettore Recchi et Adrian Favell, Edward Elgar, sept. 2009, pp.1-25.

Internal and external movers: East-West migration and the impact of EU enlargement’ (et Tina Nebe), chap. in Pioneers of European Identity: Citizenship and Mobility in the EU, édité par Ettore Recchi et Adrian Favell, Edward Elgar, sept. 2009, pp.205-223.

Immigration, migration and free movement in the making of Europe’, chap. in European Identity, édité par Jeffey C.Checkel et Peter J.Katzenstein, Cambridge University Press, janv. 2009, pp.167-189.

The new face of East-West migration in Europe’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 34, juill. 2008, pp.701-716.

Rebooting migration theory: Interdisciplinarity, globality and postdisciplinarity in migration studies’, chap. in Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines (2nd ed.), édité par Caroline Brettell et James Hollifield, Routledge 2007, pp.259-278.

The sociology of EU politics’, chap. in Sage Handbook of European Union Politics, édité par Knud Erik Joergensen, Mark A. Pollack et Ben Rosamond, Sage, 2006, pp.122-128.

The human face of global mobility: a research agenda’ (avec Miriam Feldblum et Michael Peter Smith), introduction de The Human Face of Global Mobility, édité par Michael Peter Smith et Adrian Favell, Transaction Press, mars 2006, pp.1-25.

European market’, in International Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology, edited by Jens Beckert and Milan Zafirovski, London: Routledge, Dec 2005, pp.252-257.

‘Europe's identity problem’, West European Politics, vol.28,no.5, Nov 2005, pp.1109-1116.

Assimilation/Integration’, in Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present, edited by Matthew Gibney and Randall Hansen, Santa Barbara, CA: Clio, June 2005.

Nowhere men: cosmopolitanism’s lost moment’, in Innovation, vol.18, no.1, March 2005, pp.99-103.

London as Eurocity: French free movers in the economic capital of Europe’, Global and World Cities Research Bulletin, 150, Sept 2004, pp.16.

The philosophy of multiculturalism: the theory and practice of applied political theories’ (with Tariq Modood), in Contemporary Political Philosophy: A Reader and A Guide, edited by Alan Finlayson, Edinburgh University Press, 2003, pp.484-495.

‘Games without frontiers? Questioning the transnational social power of migrants in Europe’, Archives Européennes de Sociologie, XLIV, 3, Winter 2003, pp.327-427.

‘Integration nations: the nation-state and research on immigrants in Western Europe’, Comparative Social Research, vol.22, Oct 2003, pp.13-42.

Intra-EU migration: a socio-demographic overview’(with Ettore Recchi, Damian Tambini, Emiliana Baldoni, David Williams and Kristin Surak), PIONEUR Working Paper No.3, July 2003, pp.47.

'Markets against politics: Migration, EU enlargement and the idea of Europe' (with Randall Hansen) in EU enlargement and East-West migration, special edition of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, guest edited by Adrian Favell and Randall Hansen, vol.24, no.4, Oct 2002, pp.581-601.

Italy as a comparative case’, in The Politics of Recognising Difference: Multiculturalism Italian Style, edited by Ralph Grillo and Jeff Pratt, Aldershot: Avebury 2002, pp.237-243.

'Migration, mobility and globaloney: metaphors and rhetoric in the sociology of globalisation', review essay in Global Networks, vol 1, no.4, Sept 2001, pp.389-98.

'Integration policy and integration research in Europe: a review and critique' in Citizenship Today: Global Perspectives and Practices, edited by T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Doug Klusmeyer, Washington, DC: Brookings Institute/Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2001 (report prepared for the Carnegie Endowment "Comparative Citizenship Project"), pp.349-399.

‘Multi-ethnic Britain: an exception in Europe?’, in Patterns of Prejudice, vol.35, no.1, Jan 2001, pp.35-57.

‘Bruxelles: capitale européenne au coeur d’un état-nation éclaté’, in Europe: régions et communautés contre les nations, special edition of Panoramiques, 4ème trimestre 2000, no.49, pp.110-115.

'The Europeanisation of immigration politics'Cultures et conflicts, été-automne 2000, no.38-39, pp.153-185 (first published as working paper in European Integration online Papers, Dec 1998).


European integration, immigration and the nation state: institutionalising transnational political action?’ (with Andrew Geddes), Robert Schuman Centre Working Paper Series, EUI, Florence, No.1999-32, Dec 1999.

Multi-national, multi-cultural and multi-levelled Brussels: national and ethnic politics in the ‘Capital of Europe’’ (with Marco Martiniello), ESRC Transnational Communities Working Paper Series WPTC-99-04, April 1999.

‘To belong or not to belong: the postnational question’ in The Politics of Belonging (co-editor), 1999, pp.209-223.

‘How can we be European?: Comments on Glazer, Schain and Fassin:, in Multicultural Questions, edited by Christian Joppke and Steven Lukes, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1999, pp.242-257.

‘Political philosophy at the Rubicon: Will Kymlicka’s Multicultural Citizenship, in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Autumn 1998, vol.1, no.2, pp.255-278.

‘Convergence and divergence between British and Belgian multiculturalism’ (with Marco Martiniello), in Multicultural Policies and the State: A Comparison of Two European Societies, edited by Marco Martiniello, Aldershot: Avebury 1998, pp. 178-190.

Multicultureel burgerschap in theorie en pratijk: empirische analyses in de toegepaste politieke filosofie’, in Krisis: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, nr.72, herfst 1998, pp.67-85.

‘A politics that is shared, bounded and rooted? Rediscovering civic political culture in Western Europe’, in Theory and Society, April 1998, vol.27, no.2, pp. 209-236.

Multicultural race relations in Britain: problems of interpretation and explanation’, in Challenge to the Nation State: Immigration in Western Europe and the United States, edited by Christian Joppke, Oxford: Oxford University Press 1998, pp.310-349.

‘Citizenship and immigration: pathologies of a progressive philosophy’, in New Community, April 1997, vol.23, no.2, pp.173-195.

‘Rational choice as grand theory: James Coleman’s normative contribution to social theory’, in Jon Clark (ed), James S. Coleman, London: Falmer 1996,  pp.285-298.

‘Europe: National visions, international perspectives and comparative analysis’ (with Bernd Baumgartl) in New Xenophobia in Europe (co-editor), 1995, pp.378-399.

‘Great Britain: Clear blue water between “Us” and “Europe”?’ (with Damian Tambini), in New Xenophobia in Europe (co-editor), 1995, pp.148-163.

'James Coleman: social theorist and moral philosopher?' in American Journal of Sociology, Nov 1993, Vol.99, no.3, pp.590-613.


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