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Professor Gerald Mars

Honorary Professor of Anthropology

University College London



Gerald Mars is Honorary Professor of Anthropology at University College, London and Visiting Professor of Organisational Ethnography at University Campus Suffolk. As an applied social anthropologist, Gerald works across disciplines to understand the nature and problems of modern industrial society, including criminology, workplace crime and sabotage, food studies, occupations, tourism, the hotel industry, industrial relations, the Soviet Union's black economy, risk and accidents, and varied cultures - ethnic, domestic, criminal, and organisational. Having left school at 16 Gerald was awarded a Mature Students State Scholarship for ‘those deprived of a normal education.’ He wrote a thesis on Blackpool’s Golden Mile where he was working as a spieler (barker). This took him to Pembroke College, Cambridge, followed by a Fellowship in Newfoundland, Canada (PhD. LSE). Having entered the Professional Middle Classes he has been diverted by the comparisons ever since. 

Gerald has worked as consultant for Unilever, P&O Shipping, British Rail, British Airways, the MOD, The Royal College of Nursing, B.T., The Nigerian Institute of Management and The Construction Industry - among others. He has been Nuffield Research Fellow at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology and a Senior Research Associate of St Antony's College Oxford. Visiting Professorships have been at Brunel, Hong Kong, Cranfield School of Management, London Metropolitan University, The Northumbria Business School, and Bradford University. For 17 years he was a part-time consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations.

Gerald has published 11 books and over 70 academic papers. He is Joint General Editor of The International Library of Criminology, Criminal Justice & Penology (65+ published volumes) and was General Editor of the International Library of Anthropology. His most recent book is ‘Locating Deviance: Crime, Change and Organisations' (Ashgate, 2013). In 2003 he was awarded The Royal Anthropological Institute’s Lucy Mair Medal for Applied Anthropology “to honour consistent excellence in applied anthropology.”

In his spare time (!) Gerald writes and researches on food and in 2002, with Valerie Mars, was awarded a supplementary Sophie Coe prize at The Oxford Food Symposium.