Professor Laurie Taylor

Professor Laurie Taylor - Speaker

Professor of Sociology

Laurie Taylor is visiting professor in the department of politics and sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was recently made a Fellow of Birkbeck College and also holds visiting professorships at the London Institute and Westminster University. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Central England. His contributions to social science were recognised in 2003 by his election to the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. His contribution to business development was recognised by his appointment as an ambassador for Investors in People.


For the past twenty-five years he has been heard on BBC Radio 4 in such programmes as Stop the Week, The Radio Programme, News Quiz, Speaking as an Expert, Afternoon Shift, and Room for Improvement. He can currently be heard every Wednesday afternoon on R4 presenting Thinking Allowed, a programme devoted to society and social change. He has made several major television documentaries on such topics as crime, drinking behaviour, and the purpose of education. His most recent films for C4 were a major one-hour film on celebrity (transmitted in December 2003) and a highly acclaimed one-hour documentary on death and dying (On Pain of Death) broadcast in July 2005. 

In the last twelve years he has addressed over five hundred major national and international companies on such topics as change, motivation, teamwork, new technology, risk, and communication.