Professor Nikolas Rose

Æresdoktor Nikolas Rose

Nikolas Rose, professor of sociology and head of the interdisciplinary Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College, London, has been awarded an honorary doctorate at Aarhus University on the basis of his interdisciplinary research, which connects the humanities with the natural and social sciences.

This world-renowned professor of sociology has left his mark through several key works. Through the publication of as Governing the Soul: The Shaping of the Private Self and The Powers of Freedom, Rose gained recognition as one of the most original and influential British social scientists. In a later work, The Politics of Life Itself, he seeks to bridge the gap between social science and the life sciences, and in his most recent book Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind, he interrogates the rise of the neurosciences and their implications for the social sciences and humanities.

For a number of years, Rose has been the editor of one of England's leading interdisciplinary journals, Economy and Society, which links research within the humanities and social sciences with economics and politics. He was also the founding editor of Biosocieties, an interdisciplinary journal at the intersection of social science, humanities research and biological research.

For almost two decades, Rose has collaborated with researchers at Aarhus University. Since 2005, he has been affiliated with the Centre for Humanistic Health Research, and he has been involved with the Interacting Minds Centre for a number of years. At the moment, his collaboration with AU also extends to researchers from the fields of information studies and educational research at the Faculty of Arts.

Nikolas Rose has been a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Arts, and he has participated in a number of assessments. He has co-organised fver"d 20 år :)timpinghas in several publications over time made his mark.interdisciplinary research, connecting tPhD courses and has given a number of keynote lectures at international conferences at Aarhus University. The conferral of an honorary doctorate on Rose is intended to strengthen his links to Aarhus University and form the basis for increased cooperation in the future.


Nikolas Rose originally trained as a biologist before switching to psychology and then sociology.  His first degree, a BSc in biology and psychology, was from the University of Sussex in 1968; his MSc was awarded by the University of London in 1972, and his PhD, from the University of London, was awarded in 1984.

Positions in recent years
2012-: Professor of Sociology and
Head of the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine (now the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine) at King's College London.

2002-2011: Nikolas Rose was the James Martin White Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, Head of the Department of Sociology from 2002 to 2006, and director and founder of LSE's BIOS Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society from 2002 to 2011.

Selected prizes and honours
In December 2001, Nikolas Rose was listed by newspaper The GuardianThe Guardian as one of the top five UK-based social scientists, on the basis of a twenty-year analysis of citations of research papers, and identified him as the most cited UK-based sociologist.

Field: Biopolitics, social and political history of science and technology (especially human sciences and life sciences); social and political theory; philosophy of science and technology; sociology.