Dean Curran


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Educational Background

B.A. Economics, Queen's University, 2002

MSC Philosophy of the Social Sciences, London School of Economics, 2004

PhD Sociology, Queen's University, 2013


My current research explores some of the interconnections between contemporary risk and inequality. By trying to develop frameworks that can understand the diverse impacts of environmental, financial and digital risk my research seeks to analyze the various ways in which changes in contemporary risk are affecting existing power relations. 

I also have more general research and teaching interests, including classical and contemporary social theory; the sociology of risk (including the work on Mary Douglas and Luhmann), environmental sociology, economic sociology, social theory and the law, and the sociology of the digital and of finance and have published and presented work on each of these different areas. 


Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
SOCI 333 Contemporary Sociological Theory Winter 2023, 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
SOCI 331 LEC 03 03 Classical Sociological Theory Fall 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2014
SOCI 731 Doctoral Seminar in Sociology Fall 2015, 2018, 2020
SOCI 401 The Digitalization of Society Winter 2020
SOCI 401.55 Environmental Risk: Sociological and Political Approaches Winter 2019
SOCI 401.53 Social Theory and the Law Winter 2018
SOCI 401.50 Sociology of Capitalism Winter 2017
SOCI 401.46 The Sociology of Risk Winter 2015, 2016
SOCI 631 Graduate Seminar in Sociological Theory Fall 2015, 2018, 2020


  • Smart Cities in Global Comparative Perspective: Worlding and Provincializing Relationships, SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, 2020-2022.. 2020
  • The Risks of Interconnectedness: System-wide Risk in Finance and the Digital, SSHRC Insight Grant, 2018–22, Principal Investigator. 2018
  • Who are the Risk-Takers?, SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2015-17, Principal Investigator (collaborators: A. Bauer and T. Bauer). 2015
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, , SSHRC, (Holder) 2013-15. 2013