Jim Kemeny (1954-61)
Married in 1971 to Kerstin, two children.
Living in Sweden.
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Uppsala University.
I was at WCGS from 1954 to 1961, then did social sciences at Leicester
University, then an M.A. at Sheffield University. After 5 years as a sociology
lecturer at Aberdeen University I met Kerstin and we married. We have
two sons, Martin (1975) and Paul (1983). In 1972 we moved to Sweden
where I did a Ph.D. at Gothenburg University. I ended up specialising in
urban sociology at universities in Australia, Britain and Sweden. I've
written several books on comparative housing policy, especially the Swedish
rental market where non-profit providers compete with profit landlords.
I became docent in sociology at Uppsala University in 1986 and Professor of
Sociology in 1996, a joint post at the Department of Sociology and the
Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
I recently took early retirement. Apart
from continuing to write, my main interests are reading, walking, history and
very amateurish mushrooming in the Swedish forests and even more amateurish bird
watching. More about my work, including some of my publications, can be
read on my homepage.