On this page, we try to list as many as possible of the people around the world who are pursuing the figurational approach in their research, publications or teaching. We hope it will be useful in facilitating collaboration, including in the pursuit of research funding.

The list below of scholars who have actively used the work of Norbert Elias in their publications includes not just sociologists but political scientists, historians, criminologists, and anthropologists among others.

If you would like to be listed below, please email Clare Spencer with the following information:

  • Name, Institution and Department (if relevant)
  • An image of yourself
  • Brief description of your academic career and interests
  • List of principal publications
  • Contact details: email (essential), website, work postal address and mobile (if desired)

Or you may just wish to link your University profile page to your name below. If so, please email this link to us.

Everyone listed here is urged to keep their entry up to date, by sending us new information, again by email to Clare Spencer.


Andrew Stebbins
Beatriz Rocha Ferreira
Burkina Faso
Aurélie Lacassagne
Rob Lake
Bill Upper
Diego Barragan
Yves Bonny
Angela Perulli
Akira Ohira
Horacio Gonzales
Maarten van Bottenburg
Godfried van Benthem van den Bergh
Christien Brinkgreve
Rineke van Daalen
Jonathan Fletcher
Paul Kapteyn
Geert de Vries
Wilbert van Vree
Ton Zwaan
Borys Cymbrowski
Agata Dembek
Łukasz Dominiak
Barbara Jabłońska
Radosław Kossakowski
Dominika Michalak
Arkadiusz Peisert
Katarzyna Suwada
Joanna Zalewska
Fernando Ampudia Haro
Rafael Marques
Sofia Gaspar
Pablo Jaurégui
Olle Edström
Erik Jentges
Yi-Tung Chang
United Kingdom
Matt Clement
Farhad Dalal
Peter Emmerson
Norman Gabriel
Ken Sheard
United States


Members of the network are linked through the Figurations newsletter, the blog on this website, and through meeting each other at conferences. The 'Figurational Sociology Working Group', which has met at World Congresses of Sociology since 1994, is currently affiliated to Research Committee 20, Comparative Sociology and Working Group 02, Historical and Comparative Sociology of the International Sociological Association.

In addition, the new journal, Human Figurations, published its first issue in January 2012 and can be viewed online. The unifying theme of Human Figurations is a broad concern with long-term processes of the development of human society and the human condition. Our general mission is to foster research and publication in the general spirit of Norbert Elias who wrote on an astonishing range of topics: among them, violence, war, sport, ageing and dying, time, work, art, music, poetry, utopias and the relations between the sexes. In consequence, we invite researchers from many disciplines and the full spectrum of theoretical perspectives on the human condition, especially people working in the interstices between conventional disciplines: history (especially world historians and social historians), criminology, international relations, anthropology, psychology and political science. 

Human Figurations is published bi-annually (January and July) by the Scholarly Publishing Office and the University of Michigan. Submissions are welcome.