Peter Saunders

Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex

Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Independent Studies

Professorial Research Fellow, Civitas

Independent Author

Peter Saunders...

"Brash, brilliant and cannot be ignored" Times Higher Education Supplement

"That rare beast, a sensible sociologist" Max Hastings, Daily Mail

"Absolutely second-to-none" LBC Radio

"The antithesis of an Ivory Tower intellectual" ABC National Radio, Australia

"Ideas wrecker" The Guardian

Latest...

NEW ARTICLE ON WHY KIDS FROM PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET TO UNIVERSITY

Private school pupils may be under-represented at top universities

Only 7% of kids attend independent schools, but they account for 42% of entrants to Oxford and Cambridge.  Critics say this is evidence of class bias in selection procedures.  But is it?

Article published by Private Education Policy Forum, 4 October 2021 - download here


MEET THE FAMILY!...

Why Cornelius Stott changed his name, and other family stories

Tales of coal miners, cotton workers, farmworkers, pinhead makers, prostitutes, hatters, rag sorters and soldiers whose names are lost to history but who created our modern world.  A prequel to Croydon Boy.

Published July 2021
More details here

 

NEW ARTICLE ON SOCIAL MOBILITY

The Myth of Social Immobility

Summarises the key points from my book, Social Mobility Truths.
Published on Conservative Home, 6 May 2021
(and read critical response by Peter Taylor-Gooby here)



NEW EDITION OF CROYDON BOY

Croydon Boy: Growing Up in Post-War Britain
 
Now available in paperback
More details here


RE-RELEASED CLASSIC!

A Nation of Home Owners

A re-issue by Routledge (with a new Preface) of my 1990 monograph: part of a series on Housing Policy and Home Ownership - published March 2021 
More details here

 

Biographical Note

Born Croydon, 1950

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

Selhurst Grammar School for Boys, Croydon (1961-68)

University of Kent 1968-71.  BA in Sociology 1971

Chelsea College London 1971-73.  PhD in Sociology 1975

ACADEMIC CAREER HISTORY

Research Officer, Dept of Sociology, University of Essex (1973-76)

Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sussex (1976-84)

Reader in Sociology & Urban Studies, University of Sussex (1984-88)

Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex (1988-2001)
 

VISITING ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Dept of Environmental Planning, University of Melbourne (1981)

Urban Research Unit, Australian National University (1982)

Dept of Sociology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (1982)

ZWE (Arbeit und Region), Universitaet Bremen, Germany (1992)

Dept of Sociology, Brown University, USA (1996)

POST-ACADEMIC CAREER HISTORY

Research Manager, Australian Institute of Family Studies (1999-2000)

Director of Social Research, Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney (2001-2008)

Freelance researcher and independent author since 2008

LISTEN:

"I Used To Be A Sociologist But I'm Alright Now"

Interview on Australia's ABC National Counterpoint programme, with Michael Duffy and Paul Comrie-Thomson.

The interview, conducted just before I left Australia to return to England in June 2008, discusses my work and career, and my reflections on sociology and politics.