Professor John Brewer - 2012
In recognition of his outstanding services to social sciences, John Brewer is awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences.
Born in 1951 in Ludlow, Shropshire, John is in his fifth decade as a self consciously committed sociologist, having started as a Sociology A-level student in 1968. He has always believed that sociology should make a difference to the lives of ordinary people.
After studying at Nottingham and Birmingham, John began an illustrious academic career which often took him to the heart of divided communities. His first position was as Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Natal in South Africa and he spent 24 years at Queen’s University Belfast, becoming Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy. After leaving Northern Ireland in 2004 John moved to Aberdeen University, where he is now Sixth-Century Professor of Sociology.
A visiting fellow on three continents, John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Academician in the Academy of Social Sciences, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has served as President of the British Sociological Association and is a member of the United Nations Roster of Global Experts.
John regularly teaches peace and reconciliation workshops in Sri Lanka and for the Mediation Network in Northern Ireland, and was active in the Northern Irish peace process. He is a policy advisor on policing reform in South Africa and Northern Ireland.