John Urry (1946-2016)
John Urry, professor of Lancaster University, worldwide renowned sociologist, friend and coleague of Center for Fundamental Sociology, has died, 18th March.
It was a life ultimately dedicated to social sciences. Born in London, Cambridge alumnus (MA in Economics, PhD in Political Sociology in Christ's College), he began his career in Lancaster in 1972, being sociological «brand» of this university for more than forty years. He supervised the Department of Sociology, was a dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, university dean in research work and made great contribition to foundation of Academy of Social Sciences, and became one of the founders and co-direstors of Institute for Social Futures.
His research interest involved fundamental quiestins of sociological theory, sociology of space and time, complexity of global society, interaction between society and nature, interrelation between localism, regionalism and globalism, power relations in Great Britain, tourism and leasure activity, energy consumption and global warming, mobility and automobilism. From 2003 to 2015 he directed Center for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) where he developed the program for new mobilities.
The collaboration between John Urry and Center for Fundamental Sociology began in middle 90s; for many times he attended CFS with working visits, which always gave scientific results, we were connected by research projects, publications... and good friendship.