David Christopher Thorns, Professor of Sociology at the University of Canterbury is a distinguished sociologist and one of New Zealand’s leading social scientists. His major research projects have addressed a number of themes: suburban and community research; the sociology of housing and residential mobility; social inequality and class formation;
comparative urban research; restructuring and change within advanced capitalist societies; urban sustainability; comparative welfare state policy analysis and globalisation and urban change. His work has been innovative and led to significant shifts in theoretical and research agendas. It also shows a consistent engagement with the implications of social science research for both public debate and disciplinary development. In 2002 he was awarded the University of Canterbury Research Medal.
Principal researcher and Member of the Management Group of the Building Research Capability in the Social Sciences project and Principal Researcher on a Marsden funded project Winners and Losers in the Knowledge Society.
He is a member of steering committee of the Asia Pacific Housing Research Network; Vice President International Social Science Council; Member of the International Sociological Association and the Sociological Association of Aotearoa NZ; New Zealand representative on the International Social Science Council: Social Science Sub Commission of NZ UNESCO Deputy Chair; Chair Social Sciences Advisory Committee Royal Society NZ; Board member of the Centre for Housing Research Aotearoa /New Zealand; member of the Programme of Social Statistics Advisory Group Statistics New Zealand; member of the Advisory Capability Build Panel REANNZ