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Prizes and awards

BJS Prize

In 2009, the BJS established a biennial prize to be awarded for an article, published  in the BJS during a 24 month period that, in the opinion of the judges, makes an outstanding contribution to increasing sociological knowledge.  For the next Prize, being awarded in 2016, this period will run from March 2014 to December 2015.  The award takes the form of £500 plus a year's subscription to the Journal (or books from  the Wiley catalogue to the same value if this is preferred).  The next Prize will be publicly announced at the BJS Annual Public Lecture held at the London School of Economics in October 2016

List of Past Winners of  the BJS Prize

2009:  The first BJS Prize was awarded to Dr. Clare Saunders (School of Social Sciences, Southampton University) for her paper 'Double-edged swords? Collective identity and solidarity in the environment movement' (BJS, Vol 59, June 2008). To listen to a short podcast by Clare Saunders link to 2009 BJS Prize.

2012: Professor Anthony King (University of Exeter) for his paper 'The Afghan war and "postmodern" memory: commemoraation and the dead of Helmund' (BJS Vol  61, March 2010). Listen to a short podcast by Anthony King on this link to 2010 BJS Prize)

2014: Bruno Latour, Pablo Jensen, Tommaso Venturini, Sebastian Grauwin and Dominic Bouille (Science Po, France) '"The whole is always smaller than its part" - a digitl test of Gabriel Tardes' monads',(BJS Vol. 63, December 2012). Listen to an audio podcast by Bruno Latour, 2014 BJS Prize.

Comments from Bruno Latour  on behalf of  his co-authors:

'We are very honoured by your award especially because this is the first technical paper in English coming out of the medialab we created five years ago to connect social theory and what is now called 'big data' but that should really be called 'smart data'.  The medialab had been conceived largely to understand what Gabriel Tarde had in mind when he claimed that he could quanfify social connections with better tools than statistics (he was himself the head of criminal statistics at the Ministry of Justice and his data ad been used by Marcel Mauss to feed Durkheim's book on  suicide, a book where the said Durkheim was more than happy to 'trash' Tarde's insights.) So, since 2014 I have assembled  a multidisciplinary  group with a biologist (it happens that bacteria are great for testing Tarde's theory!), cognitive scientists, media students and of course science studies scholars to see how we could 'operationalise' Tarde with the web data newly available.  But it is only with the help of two physicists ( Pablo Jensen and Sebastian Grauwin) and the medialab researchers (Dominique Bouiller in media studies and Tommaso venturini in mapping controversies) that we have been able to see how the obscure notion of 'monads' could be made more amenable to empirical analysis.  To be complete,  I should add the technical director of the medialab, Paul Girard, whose role was essential in helping us through the long process.  There is of course a long way to go.  Once again we are very proud and thank you very much for such an honour. Tarde vindicated by  the Brits a century later, that's really great!'


The BJS also offers a Prize for early career research Learn more>

BJS Early Career Prize

The BJS Early Career Prize has been created as an award for authors published in the Journal who are in the first five years after gaining their PhDs.  We hope this Prize will encourage submissions from people at an early stage of their career.

Terms and Conditions

The Prize will be awarded every two years.


  • Papers published in the BJS by academics who are in the first five years from the award of their Ph.D.

  • The case for eligibility will be based on the amount of work conributed to joint works and will be decided by the Editors

  • An author may have more than one paper considered for the Prize.

  • Authors will be asked if they are eligible to put themselves forward for the Prize when their paper are accepted for publication.


  • Entries will be judged by the Editorial Board.

  • The  award of the Prize will be at the discretion of the Board

  • In the unusual event where no award can be made, the Board has the discretion to extend this period by an additional year.


  • The Prize will be awarded at the Annual BJS Lecture held at the London School of Economics.

  • Where there are two authors the Prize will be split 50/50.

  • The winner of the successful contribution will receive a cheque for £500 together with £500 worth of Wiley books.

  • Only one Prize can be awarded per manuscript or per author.

Consideration of eligible papers is now open and the first award will be made in 2017

For futher information please contact: bjs@lse.ac.uk