Professor, University of Aberdeen
After graduating from the University of Kent, she taught at Plymouth and then at Lancaster Universities. During the early 1990s she helped to set up the Sociology Department at the Central European University, Prague before moving to the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, where she later became head of sociology.
In the last five years she has been co-ordinating or participating in research projects for the European Commission under the Fifth Framework Programme. These included the project "Households, Work and Flexibility" (2000-2003) "Living Conditions, Lifestyles and Health" (2001-2004), "Orientations of young men and women to European Citizenship and Identity" (2002-2005)and various INTAS projects.
She was formerly editor of the international journal "European Societies", official journal of the European Sociological Association.
She was elected president of the European Sociological Association, serving from September 2007 to October 2009. She is currently treasurer of the Association head office in Paris.
She is participant of various research projects (for instance, CINEFOGO Network of Excellence, Sixth Framework Programme of the European Union, "Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe – the Making of European Citizenship" co-ordinated by the University of Roskilde, etc.)
She teaches a fourth year option course "European Societies" which addresses contemporary European issues by drawing upon her various cross-national research projects. She is also involved in developing learning materials in this subject for Ukraine and other Eastern European countries.