Professor Anthony Elliot has started work as the new director of the University of South Australia’s Hawke Research Institute, where he will provide leadership for an enhanced program of publically engaged social science, both in Australia and globally. A world-renowned social scientist, Elliot was previously the chair of sociology at Flinders University and visiting research professor at the UK’s Open University. He has authored more than 25 books, seeking to connect social theory to popular culture, communication, new information technologies and globalisation. Several of his books, including The New Individualism and Concepts of the Self, have become academic bestsellers. “The Hawke Institute is unique in Australian higher education, with world-class research innovation driven by its individual and teams research around issues of great significance to Australian communities,” Elliot said, promising to “develop a more intensive research agenda that works in the global context”.
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