Professor John Bone

Professor John Bone
Professor John Bone
Professor John Bone


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Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 274117
Office Address

Department of Sociology Room F44 Edward Wright Building Dunbar Street King's College University of Aberdeen AB24 3QY

School of Social Science


  • PhD Sociology 
    2004 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MA Hons Sociology 
    1998 - University of Aberdeen 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships


Coordinator Aberdeen Just Transitions Lab

Community Planning Aberdeen Working Group

Social Science Enterprise and Engagement Champion

ISC Link Tutor


Head of Department of Sociology (January 2013 – September 2019)

Outreach and Widening Access Committee 

Articulation Committee

FE Liaison

External Memberships

Undergraduate External Examiner   University of Exeter  2015-2018

Postgraduate External Examiner     University of Exeter   2015-2018

Membership Director  British Sociological Association       2014-2016

Vice Chair                   British Sociological Association      2017-2018

Chair                           British Sociological Association      2018-2021

Member                      British Academy, Strategic Forum for the Social Sciences    2020-2021

Member                      Aberdeen City Council, Community Planning Aberdeen, Anti-Poverty Outlook Improvement Group 2021- Present

Member                     Aberdeen City Council, Anti-Stigma Working Group 2021- 2022

Member                     CFINE (North East Food Bank Consortium) Board of Directors 2021- Present

Academic Adviser     Aberdeen City Council’s Anti-Poverty and Inequality Committee 2022- Present

Latest Publications

View My Publications

Prizes and Awards

Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2007 Joint Winner (Best First Book in Sociology)


Research Overview


My research interests are in political economy, social and biosocial theory, well-being and energy (just) transition research. In terms of theoretical work, I have a specific interest in the way in which human biological capacities and propensities shape and delimit the dialectical relationship between individual and society, with implications for understanding social organisation, social change, interaction and well-being. From a more empirical perspective, I am interested in the way in which the contemporary trajectory of global developments and economic policy is affecting organisations, individuals and communities in terms of identities, working lives, health and well-being, social polarisation and social cohesion

Research Specialisms

  • Social Theory
  • Political Sociology
  • Socio-Economics
  • Health and Welfare
  • Social Policy

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

Aberdeen Just Transitions Lab - Energy Transition in Aberdeen

Social Determinants of Health

Understanding Contemporary Geopolitical Crises

Knowledge Exchange

Stigma; Its Impact & Your Role (Invited) Lecture and Q&A - Community Planning Aberdeen February 2022

UK Political Economy and the SNP – SNP Inverurie Constituency Association (Invited) August 2016

           ‘’                     SNP Ellon Constituency Association (Invited) September 2016

           ‘’                     SNP Aberdeenshire Regional Constituency Association (Invited) September 2016

Panel Session, ‘Health or Wealth’, May Festival 2014,  James Mackay Hall, Aberdeen University with Dr Sandra Carlisle (Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen),Ewan Gurr (Trussell Trust) and Sir Malcolm Bruce MP. Chair: Eleanor Bradford, BBC Health Correspondent Scotland.

Regional Engagement with Aberdeen City Council, NHS Grampian, CFINE, Grampian Regional Equalities Council and other regional NGOs


Interviews, comment and appearances: BBC Radio 4; BBC Television Scotland; Grampian Television; Scottish Television; Channel 4 'Dispatches'; The Sunday Times; The Scotsman; The Herald; The Daily Mail; The Daily Express; The Big Issue; The Sun; The Mirror; Aberdeen Press & Journal and Evening Express.


Aberdeen Just Transitions Lab (Current)

Aberdeen Health Determinants Research Centre (Current)

Political Activism and Social Media (Past) 





David Magee

Karen Lumsden

Dave McBey

Jeremy Watt

Paul Fleetwood

Sheila Lawrence

Simone Haarbosch

Lorna Watson (Current)

Moon Sultana (Current)

Maren Mitchell (Current)

Funding and Grants

Aberdeen Health Determinants Research Collaborative: NIHR (Oct 22 - Sept 27) £1,297,340 Co-applicant

Advancing Community Climate: deliberative participatory democracy within North East Scotland: Scottish Government (Nov 2022 - May 2023) £92, 396 Co-applicant

A Just Transition for workers in North East Scotland: Uplift (July 22 - Oct 23) £126,803 Co-applicant

Pilot Study (Pump Prime Funding) Transitions in an Energy City: The role of civil society in securing a Just Transition in Aberdeen, £11,407 Co-applicant 

ESRC Social Media - Developing Understanding, Infrastructure & Engagement, £541,922 (2014-2016) Co-applicant

Pilot Study: 'On the Treadmill': scoping study on labour and housing market effects on young people's lives and well being. College Small Grant  £1620



Teaching Responsibilities

My teaching across the Sociology programme reflects my broad expertise as a sociological generalist as well as my specialisms in social/biosocial theory and political economy. With respect to the latter, my interdisciplinary expertise has also led to me teaching on IR5007 International Political Economy, a course and programme devised and introduced jointly with PIR colleagues. I coordinated this course in 2018/19. As above, I also currently coordinate Thinking Sociologically and previously coordinated and reshaped Sociology’s honours dissertation programme, introducing taught elements to enhance student employability.


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