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Professor Nikolas Rose

Professor Nikolas Rose

  • Academics

Professor of Sociology

Research subject areas

  • Mental Health
  • Policy
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry

Contact details


Professor Nikolas Rose originally trained as a biologist before switching to psychology and then to sociology. In 1992, he joined Goldsmiths College, where he was Head of Sociology and Pro-Warden for Research.

Ten years later, he joined the London School of Economics as a Martin White Professor of Sociology. He was also Head of the Department of Sociology (2002-2006) and the founder and Director of the Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society (BioS).

He joined King's in January 2012 to establish the new Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, now the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, and was Head of Department from 2012 to 2018. He is Co-Director of the King's Centre for Society and Mental Health.


  • Biological and genetic psychiatry
  • Behavioral neuroscience
  • The social and political history of the human sciences
  • The genealogy of subjectivity
  • The history of empirical thought in sociology, law and criminology
  • the changing rationalities and techniques of political power

For the last decade, Nikolas' work has focused on the conceptual, social and political dimensions of the contemporary life sciences and biomedicine, with a current focus on developments in psychiatry and the social shaping of mental health.



Further details

See Nikolas' research profile